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Silvopasturing in Ireland

Started May 12 0 Replies

An nice example of how silvopasturing makes sense just about anywhere that trees & forages can be grown together:…Continue

Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Caskey Apr 1. 5 Replies

There are related discussions on the forum discussing shade tolerant forages mixes and profiling a number of farms that have used various strategies to get good stuff growing after letting the…Continue

2021 Oxford Real Farming Conference - The Value of Trees in a Hotter Climate

Started Feb 23, 2021 0 Replies

recording from our session this past January at the ORFC.  We already know silvopastures are awesome, but some great food for thought from the other presenters:…Continue

Ecosystem Services from Silvopastures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 30, 2020. 1 Reply

One of the more interesting talks that I've heard over the years on grazing or silvopasturing was by Dr. Gene Garrett at the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference titled: Silvopasture Ecosystem…Continue

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Silvopasturing in Ireland

An nice example of how silvopasturing makes sense just about anywhere that trees & forages can be grown together:https://thatsfarming.com/farming-news/agroforestry-in-ireland/See More
May 12
Alex Caskey replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture
"The most helpful resource I have come across with regard to shade tolerance of cover crops is "Chart 3A: Cultural Traits" in SARE's Managing Cover Crops Profitably. Under the "Tolerances" heading there is a column titled…"
Apr 1
Cydney Cornell replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture
"I expect to be able to brush hog this year to try and knock out the tall weeds. "
Mar 21
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture
"p.s. - I wish we had a better collective knowledge of shade-tolerance in cover crops that be broadcast seeded and that would outcompete most other woody invasive seedlings or problematic natives like ferns & brambles (Rubus spp.).  I…"
Mar 17
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture
"my response: I’m not aware of any applied research that has been done in this area.  The general recommendation (based on our collective anecdotal experiences) for establishing forage in a freshly-thinned silvopasture is to plant a…"
Mar 17
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture
"the original question: "We have a land owner that is clearing about 16 acres of forest due to invasive species choking out the soft woods in there. She is leaving many hard woods and is agreeable to creating a silvopasture area out there. She…"
Mar 17
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Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture

There are related discussions on the forum discussing shade tolerant forages mixes and profiling a number of farms that have used various strategies to get good stuff growing after letting the sunlight in.  That said, a commonly asked question in silvopasture discussions is how to suppress the initial blowup of vegetation that routinely happens following disturbances like thinning and  the resulting increased sunlight levels and soil scarification.  Pasted below is recent inquiry that came via…See More
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NY
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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?

At 10:35am on November 21, 2019, Scott Johnson said…

Hi Brett,
Thanks! Unfortunately the town council said "no" to our proposal:

https://lowtechinstitute.org/2018/10/01/proposal-for-community-flock/

They cited worries about cars hitting the sheep if they got out, but I think it was political (the person with the mowing contract has connections to the council).

Scott

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Silvopasturing in Ireland

Started by Brett Chedzoy May 12. 0 Replies

An nice example of how silvopasturing makes sense just about anywhere that trees & forages can be grown together:…Continue

Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Alex Caskey Apr 1. 5 Replies

There are related discussions on the forum discussing shade tolerant forages mixes and profiling a number of farms that have used various strategies to get good stuff growing after letting the…Continue

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