Herding for Herders Workshop

Participants should know how to keep livestock safe, healthy and productive through low-stress herding and holistic planned grazing whilst simultaneously healing the soils, plants and natural water sources.

  • Understand the basics of holistic land and livestock management and basic eco-literacy and how to use this knowledge to make soils and grasses healthier and more productive and rainfall more effective.
  • Understand the effects of current animal handling and herding practices on the health and productivity of animals and the land.
  • Herd and bunch animals following a grazing plan to keep the soils and plants health and productive.
  • Herd and handle animals calmly and humanely to keep them safe, productive and health.
  • Implement daily routines that will ensure animals remain safe, productive, healthy and accounted for.
  • Address common challenges, predators, poisonous plans, movable kraals, maintenance and shifting.
  • Minimize stress when combining animals into large herds for the first time.

Next Course Dates

  • 7-11 February 2022
  • 4-8 July 2022
  • 29 August – 2 September 2022
  • 3-7 October 2022

Course Content

Holistic Management Overview:

What it is, how it can benefit you, your organisation and the communities you serve; why it is key to achieving social, economic and environmental health.

Ranch Tour:

Viewing the land a whole new way; land regeneration principles and evidence of successful restoration.

Community Visit

We visit and engage with a community that are managing their land and livestock holistically.

Land & Social Planning for Grazing:

Mapping grazing “paddocks” and water points, planning social infrastructure (committees, agreements) and physical infrastructure (predator-proof kraals, water storage and delivery for large herds) .

Holistic Planned Grazing:

Getting livestock to the right place at the right time and with the right behavior.

Herding to a Holistic Grazing Plan

Implementing the grazing plan using low-stress herding and handling techniques.

Herd Management:

Managing livestock to keep them healthy, productive and safe

Biological Monitoring:

Learning to read the land for signs that its health is improving or diminishing; monitoring land restoration success with communities.

Follow up Support

ACHM also provides follow-up support as graduates implement the programme in communities. Our facilitators have years of experience in implementing programmes themselves and can help build the confidence of graduates as they coach them through challenges they are likely to experience, making sure they learn from them. Additional fees apply.