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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

Silvopasture Talking Points for Skeptics

Started Jan 6 0 Replies

I was invited once again to speak later this month at the NY Society of American Forester's annual conference in Syracuse.  This will be my third time in the past six years to present on…Continue

Silvopasture Article Series on On Pasture Magazine

Started Aug 19, 2015 0 Replies

Scroll to the bottom of the article for links to additional articles on silvopasturing... …Continue

Silvopasture story from Agri-Pulse.com

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Maixner Jun 18, 2015. 1 Reply

a variety of perspectives on silvopasturing from some other corners of the country in the June 17th edition of www.agri-pulse.comSilvopasture may prove a handy…Continue

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Brett Chedzoy replied to Randal Seaton's discussion New to Silvopasture
"another option is to broadcast the seed then attempt to "hoof it in" with the animals during soft (but not too soft) ground conditions.  This may require giving them a little incentive to move around within the seeded area, like…"
Apr 18
Brett Chedzoy replied to Randal Seaton's discussion New to Silvopasture
"Randal, Dealing with the slash and leaf litter on the ground in recently thinned areas is a challenge.  Too much slash can be an impediment to the grazing animals, which are needed to help control the brush and weeds that want to come rushing…"
Apr 18
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"A recent email conversation pasted below from a retired extension friend.  Some good information on clonal propagation... Several years back a few of us started collecting and propagating selected strains of black locust starting with the…"
Apr 18
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Maine Grass-fed Network Grazing Conference
"the second presentation on silvopasturing"
Mar 21
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Maine Grass-fed Network Grazing Conference

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 numerous farmers who seem to be experimenting with silvopasturing to some degree. Not surprising in a state that is primarily forested, yet where agriculture is a major contributor to the economy. Interestingly, in the ~ 7 miles between the I-95 exit and KVCC campus (conference location), I counted…See More
Mar 21
Brett Chedzoy replied to Carl DuPoldt's discussion Silvopasture
"I've used the image below in some recent talks to emphasize what are the alternatives (and consequences) of not learning to integrate ag and forestry production systems?  This picture shows a forested riparian buffer area that was recently…"
Mar 21
Brett Chedzoy replied to Jono Neiger's discussion Chestnut in Silvopasture
"Hmmmm?  If the cattle were grazing under a chestnut plantation, it's possible that sooner or later some may come up lame because the burrs get into the soft tissue between the claws of the hooves.  But I don't think it'll be…"
Mar 21
Brett Chedzoy replied to Jeff Jourdain's discussion Hackerson - Huntington, MA silvopasture update
"After the logging we did this summer, I realized that it would be too difficult to get much beyond the main skid trails (which were left graded and relatively free of logging debris) with our ATV and broadcast seeder.  So I dropped ~ 100 lb…"
Mar 2
Ricardo Zachrisson C. liked Brett Chedzoy's event 8th Annual Winter Green-up Grass-fed Grazing Conference
Jan 19
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's event 8th Annual Winter Green-up Grass-fed Grazing Conference
"Unfortunately, this will be the first one that I'll miss.  Our oldest, who is a senior in high school,will be at the regional wrestling championships those two days.  Really wanted to hear Neil Dennis speak."
Jan 19
Joan Walker commented on Brett Chedzoy's event 8th Annual Winter Green-up Grass-fed Grazing Conference
"say hi to us if you are going - we never miss this!"
Jan 18
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8th Annual Winter Green-up Grass-fed Grazing Conference at Century House

February 12, 2016 to February 13, 2016
One of the best opportunities of the year to pick up some ideas and inspiration for your silvopasture operation.  Neil Dennis's expertise on high density grazing is especially relevant.For More Information:…See More
Jan 18
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Silvopasture Talking Points for Skeptics

I was invited once again to speak later this month at the NY Society of American Forester's annual conference in Syracuse.  This will be my third time in the past six years to present on silvopasturing at this event.  I still wonder if it's because they're trying to decide if they should ex-communicate me from the SAF, or if there's real interest amongst foresters in the silvopasture and other agroforestry opportunities that abound?  I'll remain optimistic that it's the later.This upcoming talk…See More
Jan 6
Brett Chedzoy replied to Nathan Smelser's discussion Looking for black locust seeds & posts in Tioga County, PA vicinity
"Doesn't seem like it'd be too hard to find some local stands of locust in Tioga Co, PA. A potential future source of "improved" black locust is Twisted Tree Farm nursery just north of you in Spencer, NY.  Akiva is…"
Jan 6
Nathan Smelser liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
Dec 21, 2015
Brett Chedzoy posted an event

More than Maple – Birch and Walnut Syrup Opportunities Webinar at from your computer

December 16, 2015 from 12pm to 8pm
Join the Cornell Cooperative Extension "Forestconnect" monthly webinar series to learn the latest on walnut and birch syrup production.  A new potential profit stream from silvopastures.  Presented by  Northern NYS Maple Specialist, Mike Farrell.Wednesday December 16, live at noon and 7PM for one hour.SAF CFE credits have been requested or have been approvedInstructions:Read all these instructions.You need a personal registration ID to join this      month’s webinar.  There is unlimited space…See More
Dec 2, 2015

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NY
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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 3 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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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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New to Silvopasture

Started by Randal Seaton. Last reply by Randal Seaton Apr 21. 3 Replies

Please excuse my lack of knowledge on Silvopasture. Bear with me as I have some questions that may be a little "beginnerish.My wife and I have begun thinning/clearing a wooded section of our property…Continue

Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Apr 18. 15 Replies

A forum member recently asked about creating silvopastures for their goats with black locust.  In my opinion, black locust is just about the perfect tree for converting open pasture areas into…Continue

Farmers Seeking Woodlands for Silvopasture

Started by Schuyler and Colby Gail. Last reply by Schuyler and Colby Gail Apr 3. 2 Replies

We rotationally…Continue

Chestnut in Silvopasture

Started by Jono Neiger. Last reply by Jono Neiger Mar 23. 2 Replies

Anyone have experience or know of chestnuts in silvopasture systems? Im specifically wondering about if the burrs are a problem with cattle. Someone told me they thought the burrs would be hurt or…Continue

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