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Brett Chedzoy's Discussions

What is Silvopasturing?

Started this discussion. 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

"Slash Walls" and innovative forest regeneration strategies - potential applications for silvopastures?

Started Feb 7 0 Replies

The link below is for a blog on the Cornell forestry forum related to using logging debris (slash) for exclusionary fences to protect forest regeneration from deer pressure (or livestock pressure). …Continue

Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Repetur Jul 24. 6 Replies

Posting the presentations here in the order they were givenContinue

The Grassfed Exchange Conference

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jun 11. 6 Replies

Some of you will be heading to the Grassfed Exchange Conference later this week in Albany.  This national conference dedicated to pasture-based livestock production will have a record attendance of…Continue

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amy fenn commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Tree Fodders in Silvopasture
"hi Diane!  The webinar has been posted on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/gJ9G66pluqA"
Nov 12
Diane Mayerfeld commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Tree Fodders in Silvopasture
"I could not make the webinar today.  Is there a recording, and if so, how do I access it?  Thanks!  Diane Mayerfeld"
Nov 2
Tanya Enright liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
Oct 31
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"and a few pictures taken in mid-September in a nearby walnut-locust plantation.  Note the coppice growth from locust harvested the previous season (posts with Bunny the goat in foreground).  Also, a patch of dense walnut seedlings where a…"
Oct 31
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"More pictures taken in same area in early October as the herd was making it's third and last pass of the season through the main silvopasture areas to graze off the regrowth since late-July before leaf drop.  The best grass is in the spots…"
Oct 31
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"These two pictures were taken around the same areas as the 2016 pictures above in late-July when the initial rains started to green everything up"
Oct 31
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"2018 end of season updates - three years after thinning 2016 (above pictures) was historically dry and there wasn't much progress in the green-up of the recently thinned silvopasture understories.  2017 started as a monsoon and for a while…"
Oct 31
Brett Chedzoy replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"It'd be interesting to send some samples at different times of the year to the dairyone lab for nutritional analysis. We had a Paulownia here at our farm for years till it frosted back during a bad winter and the goats polished off the…"
Oct 31
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Tree Fodders in Silvopasture at your computer

November 2, 2018 from 1:30pm to 3pm
2018 Northeast Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry Webinar Series presents: Tree Fodders in SilvopasturePresented by: Steve Gabriel (Cornell Extension, Small Farms Program)Often timber is the focus of silvopasture literature, but the benefits of shade, shelter, and especially animal fodder offer a range of opportunities for animal health and nutrition. Join us for a presentation on the best fodder species and management practices for the cool temperate climate, along with strategies to establish and…See More
Oct 31
Emily Macdonald liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
Oct 23
Brett Chedzoy left a comment for Scott Johnson
"sounds like a neat project!  Hope you'll post some updates.  -- Brett"
Sep 23
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
"A recent article on consulting forester Brian Knox's use of goats to manage vegetation in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Brian was formerly an industrial forester in this area (upstate NY) and credits the Cornell "Goats in the Woods"…"
Sep 7
Kable Thurlow commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Penn State Farm Meeting to Focus on Silvopasture
"great, Thanks Brett"
Aug 15
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Penn State Farm Meeting to Focus on Silvopasture
"I repasted the link and it seems to work now"
Aug 14
Brett Chedzoy posted an event

Penn State Farm Meeting to Focus on Silvopasture at Forks Farm

August 23, 2018 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Penn State Extension, in cooperation with Cornell Extension, is planning a twilight meeting in Columbia County on Thursday, August 23rd from 6:00 PM until dark. The meeting is for interested livestock owners to learn about development and management of silvopasture. Silvopasture is the combined production of quality timber, forages, and livestock on the same land.Guest speaker for the event will be Brett Chedzoy from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. Brett is a regional…See More
Aug 14
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
"A lone goat may not eat a lot of brush, but she's entertaining.  Best of all, she's bonded with the cows and stays with the herd.  "
Jul 30

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Schuyler
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extension educator and silvopastoralist

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Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures

Posted 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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What We Can Learn From Silvopasturing in Other Corners of the World

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 2:40pm 3 Comments

This forum unintentionally drew an initial concentration of members from the northeastern US, though many folks have since joined from other parts of the country and globe (welcome!).  Silvopasturing practices certainly need to be customized to the local area and situation, but the principals remain largely the same no matter where working trees and livestock are raised together in a sustainable manner. 

In hopes of broadening discussions, participation and what we can learn from…

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Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:00pm 11 Comments

I've had the best of intentions to be more active on this forum this summer to share my thoughts and experiences with a recent "low grade" timber harvest at our farm to promote silvopasture development.  The harvest wrapped-up a few weeks ago, and I just returned from quick trip to Argentina.  With that behind me, it's time to get some pictures and storied up about the project.  But first, as a bit of background, I've pasted below an article that I was asked to write for the current edition…

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Silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Peter and I recently had the opportunity to present a day-long workshop on silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center in the lower Hudson Valley.  The Stone Barns Center (www.stonebarnscenter.org) is located on the former Rockefeller dairy farm, and today serves as a showcase of "sustainable food systems". …

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At 10:12pm on February 29, 2012, Darren Bender-Beauregard said…

Brett, I just found this site from your producer profile in the latest SGF.  I am very interested in any details you'd care to share of your silvopasture use in a beef operation.  I am just starting a grassfed beef operation on 250 acres and just got my started herd.  They are linebred, old-type black angus, largely Octoraro and Wye, but some others in the background too.  Got them from a guy named Larry Sansom in KY.  I'm also curious how you like your Octoraro and Wye angus stock--seemed like a good way to go but it's always good to hear someone else's experiences!

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

-Darren

At 4:42pm on November 30, 2015, Ricardo Zachrisson C. said…

Hello Brett, you  indicated about an international silvopasture program, could you please advise.

Rgs,

Ricardo

At 11:44am on December 1, 2015, Brett Chedzoy said…

Hi Ricardo

I think you're referring to the blog that I started a couple months back asking for more "stories" from other members on their silvopasture experiences and projects in other parts of the US and world?

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AFTA 2019 - Abstract submissions requested!

Started by Kate MacFarland Dec 3. 0 Replies

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 AFTA Conference!Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested!Please consider submitting an abstract for the …Continue

Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Jonathan Bates Nov 1. 5 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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Examples of Silvopasture in Public Areas Needed

Started by Scott Johnson. Last reply by Scott Johnson Oct 11. 4 Replies

Hello Folks,My village is hoping to keep our town commons and oak grove with grazers (I'm pushing shropshire sheep). It is a 10-ac plot (7 ac grass pasture, 3 ac oak grove with maple and other…Continue

Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Sep 7. 8 Replies

this post will jump around a bit, but I wanted to tie together several thoughts generated by two news stories that come across my inbox this yesterday...At the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference,…Continue

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