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Browse block/ Tree ID

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jun 1, 2014. 6 Replies

I'm planting a mixture of trees, closely spaced, on a open patch of land that I haven't had much luck converting to pasture. The horrible hay season of last year made me think of the resiliency of…Continue

Forage/Fodder from trees

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Wilson Sep 5, 2012. 15 Replies

Just got back from the NH Graziers conference.There was a brief mention of Honey Locust and how it was comparable to other forages or grain. Are there any good books/websites that get into what trees…Continue

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CJ Sloane replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Nice webinar today Brett. I've been planting Black and Honey Locust this spring & I'm have much greater success with HL. I'm treating with hot water (about 190°) and planting the seeds that swell. Some are going in the ground…"
Jun 4, 2014
Brett Chedzoy replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Browse block/ Tree ID
"I don't think chipping even the small stuff would pencil out in any way, shape or form.  Might make things look prettier, but wouldn't accomplish much in terms of improving the silvopastures.  Picture below of a current thinning…"
Jun 1, 2014
CJ Sloane replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Browse block/ Tree ID
"I think the palatability/digestibility  of the stems may depend on the species and age. New growth certainly look more tender and with willow I have watched them eat the whole branch if it's tender."
May 28, 2014
Jim Medeiros replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Browse block/ Tree ID
"Just my own observation but my stock will eat the leaves and petiole, not the actual stems, I would think chipping the stems into the mixture would increase the fiber too much as there would be a lot more stem to leaf ratio.  I also wonder how…"
May 27, 2014
CJ Sloane replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Browse block/ Tree ID
"No, the first pic is of a leaf, and the second pic is of the whole tree. Definitely not a conifer, some kind of willow. Those little pine needle looking thing are seeds or catkins or something."
May 23, 2014
CJ Sloane replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Browse block/ Tree ID
"I remember you telling the story about the cattle dying from wilted cherry at a conference a few years ago but I didn't recall the selenium deficiency -just that everyone was panicked about a possible new cattle disease. I do know that I have…"
May 23, 2014
Brett Chedzoy replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Browse block/ Tree ID
"looks like two plants in the picture. The conifer seedling appears to be a larch. Tree fodder can certainly be a good quality and opportune feed for most livestock.  I came across this article on how trees are used to feed animals in…"
May 23, 2014
CJ Sloane commented on Peter Smallidge's photo
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"I'm in Southwestern Vermont. I have a bunch of mongrel roosters that look like the one on the bottom left. I've switched to dark Cornish because I couldn't contain my Chanteclers who used to fly over the netting even with a clipped…"
May 22, 2014
CJ Sloane commented on Peter Smallidge's photo
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"Heh, looks like my set-up! I didn't remember posting a pic of my chickens here!"
May 22, 2014
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Browse block/ Tree ID

I'm planting a mixture of trees, closely spaced, on a open patch of land that I haven't had much luck converting to pasture. The horrible hay season of last year made me think of the resiliency of trees and how they use trees during drought in Australia and NZ.I'm planting Ash, Mulberry, Poplar, Willow, Black Locust, and Honey Locust. My plan is to pollard them & feed to the livestock, eventually letting the livestock in to forage.In the meantime, I'm pollarding existing trees on my…See More
May 22, 2014
CJ Sloane replied to Maryanne Reynolds's discussion Will NRCS adopt a Silvopasture Standard in Massachusetts?
"I've had a similar response in Vermont. They will not pay to fence animals into a forested area even if it's a managed system. AND they will only pay to use herbicides on invasives and refuse to consider goats or sheep."
May 22, 2014
CJ Sloane commented on Peter Smallidge's blog post Silvopasture Development: Trees into Pasture
"What happened to the 7pm Webinar? Was the one a noon recorded?"
May 21, 2014
CJ Sloane liked Brett Chedzoy's event Silvopasturing: A Solution to Some 21st Century Challenges on Rural Landscapes
Mar 24, 2014
Thomas Wilson replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Forage/Fodder from trees
"Darren, It might make for an interesting and fun experiment.  Or a giant waste of time.  I have a nice grove of Black Locust, about 20-30 years old.  I cut some the last two winters, haven't seen any epicormic shoots as of…"
Sep 5, 2012
CJ Sloane replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Forage/Fodder from trees
"Opps. It was Honey locust I directed sowed."
Sep 4, 2012
CJ Sloane replied to CJ Sloane's discussion Forage/Fodder from trees
"Darren, I  planted most of the trees you're considering this spring. I planted mulberry, persimmon, and apples a few feet outside the pasture with the thought that at least half of the fruit will fall in the pasture for forage. Also some…"
Sep 4, 2012

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Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 2. 20 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

Stocking density

Started by Mike Case. Last reply by Joe Orefice Feb 10. 1 Reply

I'm interested to see what Are some typical animal stocking densities here in the northeast. Understably, there are multiple variables. Animal spcies, recovery period length, grazing length and…Continue

New to Silvopasture

Started by Randal Seaton. Last reply by Mike Case Feb 1. 4 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

Bamboo as winter stockpile?

Started by Edmund Brown. Last reply by Edmund Brown Jan 21. 2 Replies

Any members here ever thought of using bamboo as a winter stockpile? I have a grass-fed beef operation in central NY and would like to reduce my hay bill and improve my eco-footprint.I have a small…Continue

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