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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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Kable Thurlow commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Penn State Farm Meeting to Focus on Silvopasture
"great, Thanks Brett"
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Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Penn State Farm Meeting to Focus on Silvopasture
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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
yesterday
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
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
"Our goat (singular), Bunny, enjoying some multiflora rose"
Jul 30
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
"An often overlooked benefit of silvopasturing: vegetation management Goats: The surprising solution to saving a country from wildfires Herds of goats meandering across the mountainsides may make for great photo opportunities, but they're…"
Jul 30
Joe Repetur replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast
"Yes I read the definition in your love story, and the "New area" is kinda what confused me. If it grows in my area, but not on my property, am I introducing it to a new area? I guess technically I could be, but it could be in the woods…"
Jul 24
Brett Chedzoy replied to Juan P. Alvez's discussion Agroforestry = Climate mitigation (Mongabay)
"some related news: AN HOUR’S drive from Brasília, Brazil’s capital, humped zebu cattle take refuge from the heat of the cerrado (tropical savannah) under neat rows of eucalyptus trees. The grove and the cattle belong to the…"
Jul 24
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast
"I believe the official status of Black Locust is discussed in other posts, but the way it was explained to me by a state official a few years back (subject to change) is that as a "restricted species" it can't be introduced in to…"
Jul 21
Joe Repetur replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast
"I'm glad you posted about Black  Locust, as I was slightly confused about growing it here in NY. I read that it was an evasive species, but I've seen it posted for sale. I'm guessing if it's properly maintained, the state is…"
Jul 20
Brett Chedzoy commented on Érico de Sá Petit Lobão's event Third International Meeting for Productive Conservation
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Jul 12
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion The Grassfed Exchange Conference
"I recently noticed that the presentations from the 2017 Grassfed Exchange Conference are now on their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmsBRbUHWYwHUwaTwIppaEg (and also on their website:https://grassfedexchange.com/videos)  …"
Jun 11
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"
"When I began investigating how to capture carbon dioxide to fight climate change a decade ago, I had no way of knowing which tool would have the greatest potential. Years later, in 2015, when the environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken hired…"
Jun 7
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/"
May 9
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…"
May 9
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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 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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Comment Wall (3 comments)

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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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Jonathan Bates 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

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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Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jul 30. 7 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

Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Joe Repetur Jul 24. 6 Replies

Posting the presentations here in the order they were givenContinue

Agroforestry = Climate mitigation (Mongabay)

Started by Juan P. Alvez. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jul 24. 1 Reply

Please check this Mongabay.com article on agroforestry –Agroforestry is a…Continue

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