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Bamboo as winter stockpile?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edmund Brown Jan 21, 2017. 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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Eli Roberts commented on Edmund Brown's blog post Bamboo Update
"interesting. thanks for sharing!"
Apr 17
Edmund Brown commented on Edmund Brown's blog post Bamboo Update
"I did read that article and I spoke with the author years ago. That was one piece of the pie that convinced me to try experimenting. Now that spring is here, at least in theory, it looks like all the canes winterkilled whether they had leaves or not."
Apr 17
Eli Roberts commented on Edmund Brown's blog post Bamboo Update
"I'll be interested to see how late grazing works to keep canes alive. Wanted to make sure you've seen this, from WV, though they don't measure per-acre yields:…"
Apr 17
Edmund Brown replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"I really want to read that book you cite, Roy! I recently re-read Meat a Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie and he draws heavily from Vera's work in one of the chapters. Amazon has Grazing Ecology and Forest History, but it is…"
Mar 5
Edmund Brown replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"Hold your horses! I talked about this with my wife last night and she suggested we consider "Arbor pasture" (or perhaps some elision of the two - arbopasture, arborasture, arbasture, etc). She thought it would be obscure enough that…"
Feb 26
Edmund Brown replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion What is Silvopasturing?
"Joe, I suppose I should have been a little more specific about the time frame I envisioned various patchworks of meadow-scrub-forest developing. I also am pretty comfortable with the idea that the intentional, human ignited fires could have been the…"
Feb 24
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,…"
Feb 23
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…"
Feb 23
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."
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Oct 12, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017

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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 4 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 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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Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Sep 7. 8 Replies

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