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Bamboo as winter stockpile?

Started this discussion. 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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Edmund Brown commented on Edmund Brown's blog post Bamboo Update
"The analysis from DairyOne shows 47.5% DM. So about 3.5 tons/acre by the end of the growing season."
Oct 21
Edmund Brown replied to Kellan Cook's discussion Getting started with silvopasture
"Whatever I can get. Typical sizes are 5 x 11, 8 x 20, and most common 11 x 40. They occasionally come even bigger, but those are few and far between. I cut the 11 x 40 in half lengthwise so each tarp covers an 80 ft strip. Billboard tarps are pretty…"
Jun 24
Edmund Brown replied to Kellan Cook's discussion Getting started with silvopasture
"Hi Kellan,  To your number 1. I have used billboard tarps to solarize strips of ground. Then pull them back and plant into mostly bare dirt.  Some folks us round-up or other broad spectrum herbicide, but I'm leery of poisons like that."
Jun 23
Edmund Brown posted a blog post

Bamboo Winter Grazing

Hi folks, I'm new to the forum here. Brett encouraged me to copy and paste a post I did for my blog to this forum. If you want to read it on my blog it can be found HERE. Photo at my blog. I would put the photo in the forum here but they're on my wife's computer...FYI, the "Garth" I refer to in the post is my brother who co-owns the farm with me. I hope this of interest to others here.Cheers,   EdmundThe ne plus ultra of…See More
Mar 30
Edmund Brown replied to Edmund Brown's discussion Bamboo as winter stockpile?
"I'm not surprised the cattle like the new canes as they shoot up. They're soft, sweet, and high protein. Even humans can digest a reasonable amount of feed value out of the newly emerging canes. Of course, harvesting the canes at that age…"
Jan 21
Brett Chedzoy replied to Edmund Brown's discussion Bamboo as winter stockpile?
"Ed, I took the picture below during a recent trip to Argentina.  The cattle apparently like it because they don't even let it get started on the grazed side of the fence.  You can see that the canes on the near edge on the ungrazed…"
Jan 17
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Bamboo as winter stockpile?

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 planting started on my farm and a blog post about the possibility of using bamboo as a winter forage. It can be seen here - http://cairncrestfarm.com/winter-grazing-browsing/See More
Jan 5
Edmund Brown replied to John S. Weedon's discussion Tree Selection Models
"Look south? And more arid? That's what I do when I ruminate on what my CNY farm might look like like 40-50 years from now. There are so many variables that putting any stock in a detailed model seems every bit as fraught as just looking several…"
Dec 17, 2016
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New York
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Otsego
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Farmer
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I have a small farm where I raise grassfed beef. I have about 100 acres of forest ranging from scrubby saplings up to big 2nd growth hemlock. Over the coming decade I intend to convert much of said 100 acres into pastures with trees... I'd like to learn more before I start cutting.

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Bamboo Update

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 6:30am 1 Comment

I just defoliated and weighed a piece of my bamboo patch. I got 33 lbs of fresh weight leaves and twigs (I took the parts I observed my cattle eating) off 100 sq ft. I'm not sure what % moisture it was, but if it is similar to the sample buried in the snow I sent last winter (44% DM) that makes for just over 3 tons/acre of forage DM in the leaves and twigs. I sent a sample to DairyOne for analysis today since the numbers swing by many pounds for every % difference. If there is merit I want…
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Bamboo Update

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 6:11am 0 Comments

I just defoliated and weighed a piece of my bamboo patch. I got 33 lbs of fresh weight leaves and twigs (I took the parts I observed my cattle eating) off 100 sq ft. I'm not sure what % moisture it was, but if it is similar to the sample buried in the snow I sent last winter (44% DM) that makes for just over 3 tons/acre of forage DM in the leaves and twigs. I sent a sample to DairyOne for analysis today since the numbers swing by many pounds for every % difference. If there is merit I want…
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Bamboo Winter Grazing

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 8:17pm 0 Comments

Hi folks, I'm new to the forum here. Brett encouraged me to copy and paste a post I did for my blog to this forum. If you want to read it on my blog it can be found HERE. Photo at my blog. I would put the photo in the forum here but they're on my wife's computer...

FYI, the "Garth" I refer to in the post is my brother who co-owns the farm with me. I hope this of interest to others…

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