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Tree And Herb Silvopasture Forage Trial Establishment Round Bale Nursery

Posted by Jonathan Bates on December 17, 2019 at 9:47pm 0 Comments

Thought I'd share this video I just uploaded about my silvopasture forage estabishment trials in Brooktondale, NY. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLBYGhssiIE

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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Ben Harris replied to Ben Harris's discussion Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?
"Thanks, Brett! Unfortunately, stilt grass is growing in the sunnier spots right now. BUT in sections of the woods that I selectively thinned 1-2 years ago, the same stilt grass has given way to a much more diverse mix of cool and warm season grasses…"
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Harris's discussion Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?
"Limited shade tolerance studies indicate that Reed Canary, Orchardgrass and Tall Fescue and Bluegrass are amongst the most shade-tolerant cool season grasses, roughly in that order.  However, varieties within species seem to matter.   The…"
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Kable Thurlow replied to Ben Harris's discussion Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?
"Again, I am not sure where you are located, but in my regular pastures in central MI, i have a fair amount of trefoil, which i like. I wonder how that would perform in a silvopasture. If any on this forum can weigh in, i would like to learn about…"
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Ben Harris replied to Ben Harris's discussion Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?
"Thanks, Kable. I've looked at orchard grass, and it's towards the top of my list. If only it spread more prolifically... That it's so deep-rooting is appealing, for sure."
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Kable Thurlow replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion protecting young trees during fly season
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Kable Thurlow replied to Ben Harris's discussion Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?
"Hi Benjamin, here is MI, our forage specialist recommended Orchard Grass as one of the grass species. Not sure what you would plant in your area. Good Luck! "
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Ben Harris posted a discussion

Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?

As I thin some woods and open up some edge lines, I'm hoping to seed some perennial shade-tolerant forages. I'm mainly focused on wildlife at this point (I don't yet own livestock), and hope to get perennial or re-seeding annuals with substantial root mass to break up heavy clay North Carolina soils. Recommendations for species / mixes / seed sources? I've done some preliminary research, but am hesitant to buy mixes without specific input from silvopasture practitioners.See More
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Joe Repetur replied to Joe Repetur's discussion Starting a silvopasture in the woods
"I listen to everyone, and file their information accordingly. I've talked to many people about developing a silvopasture, and of all the people, someone from Caterpillar warned me to be careful of the root systems when I'm taking out…"
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Ben Harris replied to Joe Repetur's discussion Starting a silvopasture in the woods
"definitely listen to them, and not me!"
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Joe Repetur replied to Joe Repetur's discussion Starting a silvopasture in the woods
"Thanks for the info, I was debating on the order of the animals. I also got in touch with my local NRCS office, and they're going to help me with a plan. "
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Ben Harris replied to Joe Repetur's discussion Starting a silvopasture in the woods
"woooooey! A year or two of goats or sheep to help thin the underbrush? Then a season of pigs to disturb the ground for seeding (don't over-winter them... send 'em to the butcher instead)? Obviously you'd need to come through with your…"
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Silvopasture class in Albany NY

I picked up a copy of The Stockman Grass Farmer newspaper and saw a flyer for two upcoming classes they are going to have September 25th-27th in Albany NY. The first is Grazier's Multi Species Grazing School the 25th and 26th, and Grazier's Silvopasture School on the 27th. I tried to post the flyer, but apparently that is beyond my capabilities. You can get more information at stockmangrassfarmer.com See More
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Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?

Started by Ben Harris. Last reply by Ben Harris 5 hours ago. 5 Replies

As I thin some woods and open up some edge lines, I'm hoping to seed some perennial shade-tolerant forages. I'm mainly focused on wildlife at this point (I don't yet own livestock), and hope to get…Continue

protecting young trees during fly season

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Kable Thurlow on Monday. 3 Replies

As we get ready to move our 5 bulls from the "bull pen" pastures this weekend off to their respective breeding groups and other parts of the farm, I'm reminded that we're currently at the height of…Continue

Starting a silvopasture in the woods

Started by Joe Repetur. Last reply by Joe Repetur Jul 22. 6 Replies

We have about 20+ acres of woods we can use as a silvopasture, but we're not sure how to start it. The woods are a mess, and we're not sure if we should "clear cut" and start over, or?? We have a lot…Continue

Silvopasture class in Albany NY

Started by Joe Repetur Jul 19. 0 Replies

I picked up a copy of The Stockman Grass Farmer newspaper and saw a flyer for two upcoming classes they are going to have September 25th-27th in Albany NY. The first is Grazier's Multi Species…Continue

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