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"Hello Emily, Fun to read about your experiences with trying tree foods with your animals :) I appreciate many of the qualities you are looking for in fodders. One that I am particularly interested in is establishment time! If I can find a handful of…"
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"I do not have experience with Paulownia but I'm very interested in the concept of growing/using trees for forage. I look forward to following your research. I am in SW Michigan in Zone 6a and am compiling a list of potential forage trees. Tree…"
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Emily Macdonald
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Michigan
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Berrien
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I'm interested in producing lamb, forage, and tree products in an integrated intensively managed system.

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At 10:21am on November 1, 2018, Jonathan Bates said…

Hello Emily,

Fun to read about your experiences with trying tree foods with your animals :) I appreciate many of the qualities you are looking for in fodders. One that I am particularly interested in is establishment time! If I can find a handful of fast growing, well liked forages, those are the ones I'd like to plant. My new experience and research with Paulownia is showing me that, although it won't grow to a full tree in my climate, as a very large winter killed perennial, it has a lot of potential. The reason is, that it will grow significant biomass regardless of dying to the ground each winter. For example, the next fastest established, high biomass tree, so far that I've tried, that will also be eaten by my livestock, black locust, has THORNY ROOT SUCKERS!!! So, although I haven't given up on black locust, some of its characteristics aren't fabulous for me as the purveyor :) Willow, the next most impressive forage tree/shrub needs to be robust enough to come back and thrive after each browse. That's looking like 3 to 4 years before it can be successful in a silvopasture. Next, popular... probably beyond 4 years unless you plant out tons of trees, and then be willing to coppice them back to keep them at browse hight, otherwise you've just planted a forest! Which tree can we look to then for establishing the powerful technique called intensive silvopasture in the Northeast USA? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/05/30/carbon-farming/?utm_term=.b366463e0cc9

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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Jonathan Bates Nov 1. 5 Replies

Hello folks,I'm doing research for the possibility of growing this tree as a silvopasture crop, mostly for intensive silvopasture forage for sheep and beef cattle in New York. Many other temperate…Continue

Tags: beef, cattle, new, york, sheep

Examples of Silvopasture in Public Areas Needed

Started by Scott Johnson. Last reply by Scott Johnson Oct 11. 4 Replies

Hello Folks,My village is hoping to keep our town commons and oak grove with grazers (I'm pushing shropshire sheep). It is a 10-ac plot (7 ac grass pasture, 3 ac oak grove with maple and other…Continue

Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes

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

this post will jump around a bit, but I wanted to tie together several thoughts generated by two news stories that come across my inbox this yesterday...At the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference,…Continue

Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Joe Repetur Jul 24. 6 Replies

Posting the presentations here in the order they were givenContinue

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