Nowhere is this statement more appropriate than when referring to Animal and Pasture “Scientists”.
Two years after initiating UHDG (Ultra High Density Grazing) on 12th January 1995 a group of academics under the leadership of a Professor from the University of Natal in South Africa visited Zimbabwe. Their basic mission was to warn ranchers of the dangers of what I was doing.
At one of their venues I publicly invited them to visit my property firsthand. They turned my offer down and to this day these academics are still poopooing the use of high animal impact and non – selective grazing.
One would have thought that, being scientists, they would have tested the effects of high animal impact. Surely, this is very simple to do – vary stock density between two practical extremes and measure the effects. Well, according to them, this has been done. Their conclusion is that time – controlled high animal impact and severe grazing has no positive effect on any ecosystem function and that carrying capacity can not be increased relative to continuous grazing. The maximum stock density these “scientists” considered was a few (less than 10) animals per hectare. This is the equivalent of adding a few grains of sugar to a cup of tea in order to test the hypothesis that sugar sweetens tea. The obvious conclusion is that sugar does not sweeten tea.
I was forwarded the latest research from South Africa where a “scientist” was awarded his Dictorate degree. He came to the same conclusion as other academics when applying a stock density of approximately 10 animals per hectare. By the way he used sophisticated technology, including satellite imagery, to come to this ground breaking conclusion.
Fence line contrast (Rancho Carretas, Mexico).
Left: Continuous grazing.
Pictured above is Rancho Carretas, and pictured below is their neighbour.
Do many Professors and other “scientists” realise what a disservice they are doing mankind by refusing to see the truth?
I challenge anyone who has an academic friend willing to contradict me to ask him to do so.