Regenerative Grazing Pasture

Kazakhstan Placeholder
Kazakhstan

Name: Regenerative Grazing Pasture
Country: Kazakhstan
Year of establishment: 2016
Type of organization: Indigenous peoples’ group or organization, Other

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Regenerative Grazing Pasture

Kazakhstan Placeholder
Kazakhstan

Name: Regenerative Grazing Pasture
Country: Kazajistán
Year of establishment:
Type of organization: Indigenous peoples’ group or organization, Other

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Description

My name is Sayan. I am a beef cattle farmer from Kazakhstan.
I used to work as a programmer in metropolis, but 6 years ago decided to return home to help my parents with their farm.
At the farm, I developed a mobile app for the cattle record keeping, called Sanamal.
It helps me track the productivity of every cow and I have data death loss of every animal.
Also I explain my way in social media and get knowledge about cattle farming.

Here we working with my parents, older brother and his wife. My uncle also own his animals and he working here from begining

Nature Element: Agricultural, Grasslands and drylands
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Food security (SDG 2) , Education (SDG 4) , Renewable energy (SDG 7) 

Nature Element: Agricultural, Grasslands and drylands
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Food security (SDG 2) , Education (SDG 4) , Renewable energy (SDG 7) 

Environmental Impacts

"Desertification and overgrazing are threatening the steppe in the Kazanhstan. The way of life for the ethnic Kazakh people is at risk as shifting sand dunes swallow up pastures, farmland.
Rotational grazing is a best management practice that farmers can use to increase the health of their pastures, their cattle, and the environment. Moving cattle from paddock to paddock during the grazing season has many benfits, and requires few additional resources.

Establishing permanent pastures for grazing beef cattle on degraded croplands that are currently tilled or of poor quality can sequester carbon at rates comparable to forests, according to a study released by the Council for Agricultural Sciences and Technology in 2011.

Fencing helps to farmer controll calving season. A controlled breeding season offers producers who have limited labor resources a concentrated calving season and limits the time needed to monitor for calving difficulty. Nutritional, health, and reproductive management are simplified when all cows are in a similar stage of production.

By dividing to sections, we well get few advantages, imporve soil for good forage production and carbon sequestration. Controll breeding season farmers rise cow productivity. For example, we have year round cavling. From 100 mother cows we get 65 calves, but we can sell just about 30 calves, because the rest of the calves age has not reached before the sale.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Plant vigour declines when plants are overgrazed. For example, one study found that when 50% of leaves were removed, all roots continued growing, but when 60% of the leaves were removed, nearly half the roots stopped growing. Note that herbaceous plants (e.g. clovers) and shrubs grow from the tips of their stems or branches, and thus the rules for grasses do not apply to these types of plants. Management practices should aim to avoid having more than half of a plant’s leaves removed at any time; this can be accomplished through rotational grazing. Rotational grazing can also allow us to always have actively growing forage in the felds. The grass plants will also recover much more quickly and grow to provide more forage to be grazed later.

Land covered by healthy pasture reduces the risk of soil erosion from rain, snowmelt, and wind. Overwintering pasture plants will trap snow, insulate the ground, protect the plants, and increase water availability. These permanent cover systems are

RESILIENCE, ADAPTABILITY, AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Regenerative grazing project created from knowledge from international and local farmers. In search of a solution, I came across a ranking of world-wide beef producers. It turns out that industry leaders are fencing their pastures, allowing the grass to rest and regrow, and also controlling bulls to create a calving season.

Year ago I joined the Regenerative Grazing Group, and asked the English speaking cattle farmers about how to improve my pasture. They explained that if the animals eat 50% of the grass, then the root growth will not stop. If animals eat 70% of the grass, then 50% of the roots stop growing for 17 days. I did a study of the root system of our grass, and found that the roots stretch from one meter. I realized that a fence will help us save pasture in drought season.

These principles can be adaptive everywhere. Farmers need give a chance to grass rest and regrow after grazing, they will have good results to be resilience

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Traditionaly, in my village where lives 3000 people, about 1000 head of cattle. Peoples have about 5-10 cows for milking and beef. In summer time owners can't find this cows on a land, can't gain weight. They walking very long way from land to home for watering. After drought season this animals loss very big. For this reason many of the village cow owners sell the cows and buy milk and beef.

We are going to fence 2000 hectares, the approximate capacity is 500 head of cattle. With our record keeping system, we can put cows from village. Cows stay in fence, water well will be near, so they are gain more weight than usual. Our good selection bulls give them calves with genetics.

The herd effect is essential to the regeneration and health of the land. This also helps the animals rediscover their natural herd instincts. It allows the animals to eat the most nutritious parts of the plants, fertilize them naturally and trample the rest then moving on to cleaner, greener pastures.

Our experince needs for many of the catlle owners and can scale to another regions by win win principles. Farmers like me, who grazing cattle nea villages, can fence theire land, put cows from village, get earn from monthly service, retilise land. village cattle owner get his cows end of the autmun, calving, milking to the summer and put his cows again.

GENDER EQUALITY

With new approach many womans also became beef cattle farmer like USA.

Scalability

After fencing, we will check the changes in our pastures using the local satellite imaging service Egistic.kz and compare the NDVI indexes of our grassland before and after.

Next, using the record keeping system, we will evaluate the productivity of cows by calving rate. If after fencing, calving rate will up to from 60% to 75% - it means fencing is suitable for us.
Many farmers in Kazakhstan now think about installing the wire fences, but doubt its effectiveness. After fencing and managing like a leader of cattle farming, I will share my results and experience with other cattle farmers

Replicability

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, in our country 80% belong to family farmers like us. Thanks to the Internet, I have a unique opportunity to share my experience with other farmers via the Internet. In addition, I will have experience in installing fences, satellite imagery and data about productivity of cattle.

Farmers from near regions like Zhana Kala, Kaztalov, Zhanibek and my region farmers came to our farm to see in real

Also with partnership with breed associalan we can make muster class in his meetings.