I thought of posting this in the discussion about tree fodder feed value as it has a lot of influence on this.
I am working on a silvopasture that is about 6-7 acres, with the ability to set up any configuration of fenced paddock. With all the livestock that the farm currently allows on to the silvopasture area, I estimated the daily demand for dry matter at 267lbs.
Forage production estimates for ranching seem to hang around 200lbs per inch of growth per acre.
I am wondering if anyone has experience using AUs in silvopasture and how they explain production estimates of woody shrubs and the like. Especially when an aim is to browse those invasive shrubs down?
Main livestock are: goats, sheep, alpaca, several dozen poultry.
I am also curious about general use of animal units (AU) as I do not hear it really at all in the Northeast like I have in the west.