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Best ways to add trees to pasture

Posted by Austin Unruh on February 5, 2019 at 1:15pm 1 Comment

Hello folks!

I'm looking for the best ways to get trees into active pastures, while having livestock grazing. I haven't yet found an option that is cheap, effective, and low-maintenance enough to really qualify for large-scale plantings. 

I'm also interested in what folks have tried, and what has worked/not worked. 

Here are the current best options I see:

Fool-proof but expensive:…

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looking for help extreme northwest ohio

Posted by jeff eby on December 10, 2018 at 9:41am 6 Comments

hi i am new here and looking for advice. i live in extreme northwest ohio and am in my 50's. my goal is to get my 3 angus breeders 1 bull and 6 calves part of my farm to be as self sufficient and low maint. as possible for my retirement.

i am currently putting in high tension perimeter fence utilizing honey locust post cut from my woods. i have 3 -1.5 acre front open pastures with permanent water and am working on fencing and thinning an additional 10 + acres of woods. the wooded…

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Forest Vegetation Management - FVM Network

Posted by Peter Smallidge on September 5, 2018 at 9:27am 0 Comments

Cornell's ForestConnect program is facilitating a network of forest vegetation practitioners to identify research needs and collectively build knowledge of safe and effective techniques. This network will focus on vegetation management in forest and woodlot environments using herbicide, mechanical or livestock methods. …

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Truthful corrections on the values and benefits of grass-fed meat

Posted by Peter Smallidge on April 10, 2018 at 4:18pm 0 Comments

There is no end to the falsehoods, innuendo, and misconception that is offered against the benefits and valueof grass-fed livestock. Here a recent blog, of UK origin, that addresses some of the more common errors of thought. It's well worth the read.



http://quillette.com/2018/04/05/case-sustainable-meat/…

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"Thanks for sharing those resources. It is my experience that the cattle are not interested in the Paulownia leaves until they start to turn yellow at the end of summer. You mention feeding leaves in the fall in the Nutritive Value article... Do you…"
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Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Hello Larry... The Paulownia picture of the goats is from a forage trial from North Carolina I believe, not my goats :) In some places Paulownia has naturalized yes, but it only seems to grow where there has been previous disturbance, and in the…"
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Larry Ulfik replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Is the photo of your goats eating Paulownia?  From where did you get it?  Is it invasive?  My Finnsheep are unusual in that they like to eat invasives like barberry, switchgrass, hickory leaves and twigs, oak leaves and twigs, willow…"
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Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
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Dr. Akos Bodnar replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
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Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"For those interested in utilizing Paulownia for feed for ruminants, although this paper is about rabbits, it seems that it could apply to other animals: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/3/95/pdf"
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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Dr. Akos Bodnar Jul 2. 13 Replies

Hello folks,I'm doing research for the possibility of growing this tree as a silvopasture crop, mostly for intensive silvopasture forage for sheep and beef cattle in New York. Many other temperate…Continue

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Traits of a good silvopastoralist

Started by Jesse Matt. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jun 17. 1 Reply

Good afternoon all!  My name is Jesse Matt - I am a forestry and global resource systems student at Iowa State University, with an emphasis in Spanish (also a new member of the silvopasture forum). …Continue

UMASS research on silvopasture establishment

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[Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan

Started by Jesse Matt. Last reply by Jesse Matt Jun 1. 2 Replies

Hello All,New to silvopasture practice.  I am a forestry and Global Resource Systems student from Iowa State University.  Agroforestry has really stolen my heart, and I've been trying learn as much…Continue

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