Definition: A livestock management system where animals are kept enclosed in a penned area and fodder is “cut and carried” to them to eat.
Cut-and-Carry in the Forest Garden:
Cut-and-carry livestock management protects farmers' crops from damage and destruction caused by free-roaming livestock. This system also allows farmers to better protect their livestock from people, pests, diseases, and the sun.
In a Cut-and-carry system, farmers can also ensure that livestock are fed the highest quality food available, at a low cost. Forest Garden farmers feed their livestock fresh, nutritious branches and leaves from high-protein fodder trees such as Sesbania sesban. As a result, farmers will raise livestock that can provide high-value animal-source foods for better nutrition and additional income generation.