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What is Silvopasturing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Orefice 4 minutes ago. 5 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 Brett Chedzoy Nov 16, 2017. 3 Replies

Posting the presentations here in the order they were givenContinue

The Grassfed Exchange Conference

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 16, 2017. 5 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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Joe Orefice replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"I’m fairly comfortable thinking that Native Americans and fire were a driver of savanna structures in the northeast at the time of European arrival. One other player may have been that these were closed canopy forests with large trees at a…"
4 minutes ago
Edmund Brown replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"How certain are we that the Native Americans were the primary driver of the "park-like" landscape early Europeans described? It seems to me it wouldn't take too many eastern bison and various mammoths to keep a fairly humid region,…"
2 hours ago
Edmund Brown replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"The only term I can come up with that might be more instantly evocative for the layperson is "Forest Pasture", but I strongly prefer "Silvopasture" for a bunch of reasons.  As mentioned it is in use in the field and has a…"
2 hours ago
Jeff Jourdain replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"At yesterday's workshop in NH.   The question came up about where the term silvopasture came from.   After a brief explanation the person was satisfied.   Being one of the foresters you mentioned in your post, the…"
4 hours ago
Joe Orefice replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"Brett, Thanks for posting this. I think one of the challenges with silvopasture and savannas is that in some parts of the country, and world, savannas are naturally existent because of climate and disturbance regimes.  Some of these traditional…"
12 hours ago
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

What is Silvopasturing?

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 reasons for adding trees in to grazing areas – or grazing areas in to trees. But interestingly, neither author used the words “silvopastures” or “silvopasturing”. Maybe it’s just a case of you say to-mae-tos and I’ll say to-mah-tos, but it got me to thinking about what an unfamiliar word…See More
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Brett Chedzoy commented on Joe Orefice's blog post New publication
"a .pdf version of the above article Orefice%20and%20Carroll%202017%20Journal%20of%20Forestry.pdf"
yesterday
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

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

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).  This strategy could also be adapted for managing thinning residues in silvopastures, and reducing heavy understory vegetation during the conversion process to forages. …See More
Feb 7
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures
"But be careful not to let too much waste accumulate in areas with trees.  Trees are intolerant of smothering layers of soil or organic matter on top of their shallow feeder roots."
Jan 26
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures
"This is an example of > 1.5 million pounds/acre of (sustained) density on the spots around the bales"
Jan 26
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures
"Lots of "free" fertility..."
Jan 26
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures
"before and after... bale%20grazing%20by%20rose%20in%20locust.jpg thrashed%20mf%20rose.jpg"
Jan 26
Brett Chedzoy posted a blog post

Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures

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 livestock…See More
Jan 26
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January 2018 Hudson Valley Silvopasture Harvest

"Is Ross going to try to reseed the harvested areas, or let it grow to whatever's in the soil?"
Jan 26
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The 10th Annual Winter Green Up Conference at The Century House

January 27, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
WGU%202018%20brochure%20final%20pdf.pdf2018 Winter Green-Up Conference – Saturday, January 27th – The Century House, 997 New London Road, Latham (Albany County) – We are pleased to announce our Tenth Annual Winter Green-Up, held once again at The Century House in Latham, NY. This year, by popular request, Winter…See More
Jan 3
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast
"Tips for growing black locust from seed collected from desirable parent trees"
Nov 16, 2017

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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 4 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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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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What is Silvopasturing?

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Joe Orefice 4 minutes ago. 5 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 by Brett Chedzoy 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 by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 16, 2017. 3 Replies

Posting the presentations here in the order they were givenContinue

The Grassfed Exchange Conference

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 16, 2017. 5 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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