In the last decade, regenerative agriculture has moved from a fringe idea to the mainstream. With a focus on soil health, it aims to restore balance in ecological systems through a whole-of-farm approach. Regenerative agriculture encourages farmers to use livestock to manage the land and to work with the environment rather than battle against it.
Every farmer will have a different approach to regenerative agriculture – there is no one-size-fits-all model. Many farmers learning about the field discover they already use some of the practices.
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The hardest thing about moving towards regenerative agriculture can be the shift in mindset. The good thing is, there is no need to go all-in.
James Drummond of Lemmington Hill Head at Edlingham has taken up the regenerative agriculture practice of rotational grazing. He points out you don’t have to overhaul your whole operation. “You don’t have to go all out straight away, with small cells and daily shifts,” he says. “It may mean splitting a field up with some electric fence when you would normally just throw some animals in there. Just try it and see what works for you.”
Regenerative agriculture calls for a holistic management style, but you do need to start somewhere. What can you change with minimal cost outlay and effort, to start making the transition to regenerative agriculture? We’ve compiled a checklist to help you on your way!