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The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures

Started Sep 20 0 Replies

An often overlooked or misunderstood concept in silvopasture management is the importance of rotating livestock to allow for adequate rest and recovery of the forage plants, and to minimize impacts…Continue

UNH Launches Silvopasture Project at Organic Dairy Research Farm

Started Jul 25 0 Replies

Likely to see more organic dairies in the Northeast adopt silvopasturing to increase their grazing base with land already owned (woods) and improve animal comfort.  UNH leading the way: …Continue

Symbiosis in (Silvo)pasture Plant Diversity

Started Jul 22 0 Replies

Those of you in in the Northeast know that the past 12 months - and particularly the past few months - have been unusually dry.  This has given me the opportunity to "study" the differences in plant…Continue

Maine Grass-fed Network Grazing Conference

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 21. 1 Reply

This weekend I drove ~ 20 hours round trip to Skowhegan, ME to participate in the annual Maine Grass-fed Network's Grazing Conference.  A great turnout for the event, and I had the chance to meet…Continue

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The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures

An often overlooked or misunderstood concept in silvopasture management is the importance of rotating livestock to allow for adequate rest and recovery of the forage plants, and to minimize impacts to soil, trees and other resources.  If a livestock producer isn't already exhibiting skilled rotational grazing across their pasture system - then they are probably not ready to incorporate silvopasturing into the mix.If trying to become more proficient at rotational grazing, look for "pasture walk"…See More
Sep 20
Lisa Fernandes liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Maine Grass-fed Network Grazing Conference
Aug 27
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
Aug 2
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
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Aug 2
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"We just completed our first rotation through most of the logged areas in July at a density of about 100,000 lbs/acre, moving the herd 2x/day.  Some pictures below. "
Aug 2
Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Dube's discussion Public Ecological Benefits of Silvopasture
Jul 27
Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Dube's discussion Public Ecological Benefits of Silvopasture
Jul 27
Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Dube's discussion Public Ecological Benefits of Silvopasture
"Ben,  A lot of thoughts run through my mind while thinking about this.  I'll start with my personal belief: Silvopasturing (and any other agroforestry system) should (or at least has the potential to) generate…"
Jul 27
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UNH Launches Silvopasture Project at Organic Dairy Research Farm

Likely to see more organic dairies in the Northeast adopt silvopasturing to increase their grazing base with land already owned (woods) and improve animal comfort.  UNH leading the way: https://colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/article/2016/07/silvopasture" Seeing cows graze in a forest may be an uncommon site in New England but at the Organic Dairy Research Farm at the University of New Hampshire, heifers soon will be dining among the…See More
Jul 25
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Symbiosis in (Silvo)pasture Plant Diversity

Those of you in in the Northeast know that the past 12 months - and particularly the past few months - have been unusually dry.  This has given me the opportunity to "study" the differences in plant conditions between our pasture and silvopasture areas.  Anecdotally, the forage plants are currently looking much better in the silvopastures (note: we've had < 2" of rain since March, following a dry, warm winter).  I would attribute this to four main factors:cooler ground temperatures in the…See More
Jul 22
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
"Question recently came up from a friend dealing with Japanese Stilt Grass in SW PA.  Anyone care to share their successes and failures with converting JSG to something better?"
Jul 6
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
Jun 27
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"The picture above was taken around May 1st, 2016 - the first spring after the heavy pulpwood harvest done last summer.  The existing seed bank is starting to express itself, including all of the things that we don't want to grow like…"
Jun 13
Brett Chedzoy commented on Joe Orefice's blog post Photo Guide to Northeastern Silvopastures
"Joe,  Thanks for sharing the fruits of your and Leanne's labors.  Very helpful to have these visual illustrations of some silvopasture systems around the Northeast for those of us who need to "see to believe".  And good…"
Jun 13
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
"Although "vegetation control" isn't normally thought of as main objective of silvopasturing, "controlling vegetation" is certainly a key part of successful silvopasture management.  As problematic plants continue to…"
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Schuyler
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extension educator and silvopastoralist

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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 7 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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Workshop Materials from the Silvopasture Field Day - McVeytown, PA - June 7th 2013

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:11pm 0 Comments

Thank you to the 40+ who were able to attend the workshop last Friday in McVeytown.   The handouts used for the workshop are attached below as .pdf files.  -- Brett

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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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The importance of rotation, rest and recovery when grazing silvopastures

Started by Brett Chedzoy Sep 20. 0 Replies

An often overlooked or misunderstood concept in silvopasture management is the importance of rotating livestock to allow for adequate rest and recovery of the forage plants, and to minimize impacts…Continue

Public Ecological Benefits of Silvopasture

Started by Ben Dube. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jul 27. 3 Replies

Hello all,My name is Ben Dube, and I am a PhD student in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. I’m interested in the public environmental benefits (for example: protection of surface…Continue

UNH Launches Silvopasture Project at Organic Dairy Research Farm

Started by Brett Chedzoy Jul 25. 0 Replies

Likely to see more organic dairies in the Northeast adopt silvopasturing to increase their grazing base with land already owned (woods) and improve animal comfort.  UNH leading the way: …Continue

Symbiosis in (Silvo)pasture Plant Diversity

Started by Brett Chedzoy Jul 22. 0 Replies

Those of you in in the Northeast know that the past 12 months - and particularly the past few months - have been unusually dry.  This has given me the opportunity to "study" the differences in plant…Continue

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