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Traits of a good silvopastoralist

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jun 17, 2019. 1 Reply

Good afternoon all!  My name is Jesse Matt - I am a forestry and global resource systems student at Iowa State University, with an emphasis in Spanish (also a new member of the silvopasture forum). …Continue

[Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jan 11. 7 Replies

Hello All,New to silvopasture practice.  I am a forestry and Global Resource Systems student from Iowa State University.  Agroforestry has really stolen my heart, and I've been trying learn as much…Continue

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Joanne Vaughn replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"Hi, we are doing a similar project. Our experience is that the multiflora rose is going to be persistant. I hve not read that cattle are interested in grazing MFR. Our sheep and donkeys eat the leaves and tender stems. I have read MFR seed persists…"
Jan 11
Ben Harris replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"You could also align felled trees on contour (or 1% slope towards ridges) to slow runoff and increase nutrient retention during heavy rains. (Think keyline design). Making brush piles for wildlife sounds like a lot of extra work."
Dec 24, 2019
Travis Meier replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"I look forward to follow up on how the year actually went. Im in year three of a somewhat similar project. I am using angus but my space is fallow orchard. For my purposes i really like the anus, i would like to get hair sheep too but im not there…"
Oct 14, 2019
Peter Allemang replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"Hey Jesse--good for you for what you are studying and trying and where you are studying and trying it! I've got a small flock of sheep I stock over the summer before they go to "freezer camp" and I seeded my old hayfield to an…"
Aug 20, 2019
Joe Repetur liked Jesse Matt's discussion Traits of a good silvopastoralist
Aug 7, 2019
Center For Agroforestry (UMCA) replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"Hello   Jesse:  If not already aware of it,  you might want to check out the event at Carney Family Farms in Maxwell, IA  on   8/3/2019.      See the events section on practical farmers  of Iowa…"
Jul 15, 2019
Brett Chedzoy replied to Jesse Matt's discussion Traits of a good silvopastoralist
"Jesse, All silvopasturing practitioners are graziers and thus have or are rapidly developing grazing skills.  One observed weakness in this group are the tree-management skills.  Some of this lack of knowledge on the silvicultural side of…"
Jun 17, 2019
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Traits of a good silvopastoralist

Good afternoon all!  My name is Jesse Matt - I am a forestry and global resource systems student at Iowa State University, with an emphasis in Spanish (also a new member of the silvopasture forum).  For the past three years, I have lived and breathed agroforestry.  Given my education in forestry and my heritage as a black angus livestock producer, silvopasture feels like a silver bullet for me.  I've been browsing silvopasture stories and research articles from all over the world, learning as…See More
Jun 2, 2019
Jesse Matt replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"Thanks for the reply, Larry.  I'm glad to see you're getting off to a good start.  Having sheep would be wonderful for experimenting with silvopasture - their lighter impact on the land would make me less scared of making…"
Jun 1, 2019
Larry Ulfik replied to Jesse Matt's discussion [Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan
"Jesse, Your plan reads like it is quote viable.  I have recently started silvopasture for my small flock of sheep. They are much less likely to cause lots of damage to the forest than your Angus!  What I am trying is quite similar to what…"
May 31, 2019
Jesse Matt posted a discussion

[Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan

Hello All,New to silvopasture practice.  I am a forestry and Global Resource Systems student from Iowa State University.  Agroforestry has really stolen my heart, and I've been trying learn as much about it so I can hopefully make a difference in the future.  Because I study forestry and come from a livestock background, silvopasture is the best way to combine my heritage with my education.  I've been trying to convince my father to convert our degraded woodlands to silvopasture for the last…See More
May 24, 2019
Jesse Matt liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine
May 19, 2019
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Farm boy turned forestry student, I've always wanted to combine the two. I believe silvopasture is one of the next big innovations of sustainable agriculture, and I want to be a part of it, both on my family farm and across the world.

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Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?

Started by Ben Harris. Last reply by Kable Thurlow on Tuesday. 3 Replies

As I thin some woods and open up some edge lines, I'm hoping to seed some perennial shade-tolerant forages. I'm mainly focused on wildlife at this point (I don't yet own livestock), and hope to get…Continue

protecting young trees during fly season

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Kable Thurlow on Monday. 3 Replies

As we get ready to move our 5 bulls from the "bull pen" pastures this weekend off to their respective breeding groups and other parts of the farm, I'm reminded that we're currently at the height of…Continue

Starting a silvopasture in the woods

Started by Joe Repetur. Last reply by Joe Repetur Jul 22. 6 Replies

We have about 20+ acres of woods we can use as a silvopasture, but we're not sure how to start it. The woods are a mess, and we're not sure if we should "clear cut" and start over, or?? We have a lot…Continue

Silvopasture class in Albany NY

Started by Joe Repetur Jul 19. 0 Replies

I picked up a copy of The Stockman Grass Farmer newspaper and saw a flyer for two upcoming classes they are going to have September 25th-27th in Albany NY. The first is Grazier's Multi Species…Continue

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