We base our system on Peter Andrews' "natural sequence farming", Joel Salatin's Polyface farm methods, and The Savory Institute. Permaculture is also a big influence, particularly David Holmgren. I recommended a few other books in my book store as well.
Our system at Eight Acres has been as follows, and this will be the basis for what we do on the larger property:
- Fence the block into smaller paddocks (1-2 acres)
- Remove weeds from the paddock that may harm the cattle (ie lantana), but leave everything else
- Let the cattle into the paddock for a few months to clean up (eat and trample everything)
- When it looks like they've eaten everything they're interested in, slash the paddock (and clean up all rocks and fallen trees) and let it rest for several months, obviously the tractor has been very important for this process!
- Keep rotating the cattle to move around the fertility (dung and slashed weeds)
- Also move the chicken tractors around when the land is clear enough