Dick Richardson

GENERATING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN RESPONSE TO 'GRAZING NATURALLY'

Dick Richardson is an internationally recognised leader in the practice of natural grazing to improve soil depth and health, water retention, increased biodiversity and animal production. Dick's life is about growing the relationship between people, land and livestock. His experience and application of regeneration grazing principles has a wide base derived from the Namibia and Kalahari to tropical east South Africa, from the arid zones of Arizona and Colorado to the humid regions of Texas and Florida in the United States, the UK, and across Australia's temperate, alpine, tropical and semi-arid regions. 

Dick Richardson developed a life-long passion for ecological farming growing up on the land. He ran sheep and cattle in conjunction with wildlife on Richardson Ranching, a 7000ha livestock business in the Kalahari thorn veld of South Africa. He was awarded the Vryburg Farmers' Union Farmer of the Year in 2005. Dick's passion for livestock led to work in the US and UK and he travelled extensively. His observations of the significance of resilient ecological systems led him to commence training in Holistic Management in 1990.

Dick moved to Australia in 2009 as the manager of Margan Pastoral Company's 2200ha Boorowa properties and ran his own 800ha block 'Spring Valley' nearby. He went on to become general manager of NGC Services Ltd, running the flagship mixed grazing property Bobolara near Bookham in NSW.

In April 2017 Dick moved to South Australia where he continues his commitment to grazing naturally and building the capacity of farmers and graziers to meet their own unique challenges.

Since 2009 Dick has consulted to many grazing businesses across Australia, providing a continuum of assistance from Grazing Naturally Grass Groups to full management services. 

Grazing Naturally Grass Groups facilitated by Dick enable members to develop decision making skills within an individual quality of life framework, grazing planning, economic and ecological 'event'management.

Dick also headlines and presents at industry conferences, field days and workshops. Dick is the author of a novel, The Oglin, which highlights the principles involved in Holistic Management for a wide audience.

Our Team

Unleash the coiled spring of nature through Grazing Naturally programs  

Dick Richardson

Dick Richardson is an internationally recognised leader in the practice of natural grazing to improve soil depth and health, water retention, increased biodiversity and animal production.

Ian Little

Ian Little is an environmental scientist and a Grazing Naturally support person. He works in mine rehabilitation and with Terrain NRM in the wet tropics of Queensland Australia. His main work is in erosion remediation and more importantly in the prevention of erosion through the enhancement of the water cycle using the 'Grazing naturally' Method. Ian is based on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

Sally Mildner

Sally Mildner has been working with Dick Richardson since 2015. She has worked on various properties in NSW using the 'Grazing Naturally' method and managed others in tandem with Dick Richardson. Sally is part of Dick Richardson's program of developing the next generation of educators and consultants in the Australian landscape. Sally comes off the land and gained much experience on the family properties near Warren in NSW where her forward thinking parents Rod and Kate Mildner also work with Grazing Naturally. Sally has a degree in Ag Science and international development from LaTrobe University Melbourne. She is key in the support team with the use of MaiaGrazing.

MaiaGrazing

Grazing Naturally supports the use of the MaiaGrazing software to integrate livestock and grass inventories. MaiaGrazing is used in the training and as the main vehicle for grazing management decision support. Graziers need to be able to assess the effects of feed availability on carrying capacity so that stocking rates can be matched to available feed and economic returns maintained from good stock performance.

MaiaGrazing is currently unsurpassed as a tool for organising livestock numbers, mobs, feed demand and forage assessments to match stocking rate to carrying capacity. In addition, grazing planning, monitoring and control is made simple and user friendly. The grazing chart, trend lines and rainfall analysis are utilised in forecast scenarios with MaiaGrazing, making this the ultimate tool for risk assessment and decision making.

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