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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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FREE Webinars on Silvopasture

Posted by Steve Gabriel on February 24, 2018 at 8:16am 0 Comments

We are offering these webinars to share knowledge and in support of our Kickstarter campaign for a new book on Silvopasture, coming out this June.

Wednesday, February 28

12pm - 1pm EST

The Potential for Silvopasture

Learn about different combinations of animals, trees, livestock from around the world with farmers Steve Gabriel and Brett Chedzoy.

 

Monday, March 5

12 - 1pm EST

Climate Change…

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Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures

Posted by Brett Chedzoy on January 26, 2018 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

Even before commercially thinning ~80 acres of the woods on our farm, I had come to appreciate the challenges of controlling the vegetative response to letting in more sunlight. 

In open pastures, the grazier can readily mow, spray or even till and re-seed to deal with noxious weeds and invasive brush. But livestock impact is often the only practical tool for managing vegetation in tree-covered silvopastures.  Consequently, silvopasturing relies on intensive rotation of higher…

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Bamboo Update

Posted by Edmund Brown on October 12, 2017 at 6:30am 4 Comments

I just defoliated and weighed a piece of my bamboo patch. I got 33 lbs of fresh weight leaves and twigs (I took the parts I observed my cattle eating) off 100 sq ft. I'm not sure what % moisture it was, but if it is similar to the sample buried in the snow I sent last winter (44% DM) that makes for just over 3 tons/acre of forage DM in the leaves and twigs. I sent a sample to DairyOne for analysis today since the numbers swing by many pounds for every % difference. If there is merit I want…
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"
"The second story (too long to copy, but worth a read): http://quillette.com/2018/04/05/case-sustainable-meat/"
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"
"A couple of recent articles below that have come across my inbox.  My intent isn't to start a debate on the political angles of these topics, but rather show the value in creating more sustainable grazing operations in our own…"
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Edmund Brown commented on Edmund Brown's blog post Bamboo Update
"I did read that article and I spoke with the author years ago. That was one piece of the pie that convinced me to try experimenting. Now that spring is here, at least in theory, it looks like all the canes winterkilled whether they had leaves or not."
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Tree leaf livestock fodder as component of silcvopasture systems

I was honored to present at Agroforesterie Francais' Colloque Trognes this winter. Proceedings should be published soon. Many inspiring overviews of traditional silvopasture systems involving pollards.We are starting work on a SARE Farmer Grant project, Tree Leaf Fodder for Goats, Hogs, Sheep and Cows; Transitioning Farm Woodlots to ‘Air Meadow’ for Climate Resilience here in Belfst, ME; one more part-time intern is needed for May - October. MOFGA is sponsoring and hosting Mon., July 9 of the…See More
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"Hello Shana here int the tropics we have and use several native tree species, either by pruning or by letting the animals feed directly from the tree-shrub. My silvopasture operation is with cattle (brahman), natural pasture and shrubs, and in some…"
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Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy May 9. 3 Replies

Thanks to Erica Campbell from Senator Sander's office for sharing with our "Northeast Silvopasture Initiative" group...Silvopasture is listed as a TOP TEN solution to climate change, according Paul…Continue

Tree leaf livestock fodder as component of silcvopasture systems

Started by Shana Hanson Apr 15. 0 Replies

I was honored to present at Agroforesterie Francais' Colloque Trognes this winter. Proceedings should be published soon. Many inspiring overviews of traditional silvopasture systems involving…Continue

SilvoPasture Program In Michigan

Started by Kable Thurlow Mar 28. 0 Replies

This walk was given by Brett Chedzoy via zoom at the 2018 Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference held at the Agroliquid Headquarters in Saint Johns, Michigan on March 7, 2018. Jerry Lindquist and…Continue

What is Silvopasturing?

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Edmund Brown Mar 5. 17 Replies

This topic probably should have been discussed at the forum’s inception in 2011, but better late than never :) Two recent articles in the February, 2018 Stockman Grass Farmer covered many good…Continue

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