The Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation works to preserve and restore the biodiversity of the US/Mexican borderlands through land protection, habitat restoration and wildlife reintroduction.
In an effort to reconcile ecological restoration and cattle ranching, CLO is experimenting holistic grazing in the ranch el Valle, in Northern Sonora, MX. In the ranch, land had been resting without grazing for 20 years but clumps of grasses were dying out and the overall grass to bare soil ratio was not improving. CLO is trying a new form of grazing to see if by disturbing and fertilizing the surface of the soil, the situation can be improved.
The cattle are used as a tool: the hoof action breaks the soil’s crust, manure adds nutrients and the cows’ saliva while eating stimulates plant growth. In order to prevent overgrazing, the cattle are moved 4 times a day and each section grazed rest for two rainy season (18 months). Many areas of the ranch are kept for wildlife only.
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