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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shana Hanson Jan 26. 7 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

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Shana Hanson replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"It took me almost an hour to get the type to not jump and send out that response.  Trying again.  I have paulownia seeds, and curious what your cattle say for its season of palatability.  Goats here can eat fresh poplar from large…"
Jan 26
Shana Hanson replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Tree anti-feedant chemicals can be broken down by ensiling the leaves (sealing air out- many ways to do, quite traditional for cows and hogs).  Also  heat (cooking, traditionally in water), and or pressure (pelletizing, for…"
Jan 26
Jonathan Bates left a comment for Emily Macdonald
"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…"
Nov 1, 2018
Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Video documentation of Shelterbelt Farm beef cattle finally enjoying Paulownia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRz95nGcAeE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRz95nGcAeE"
Nov 1, 2018
Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Hello Brett. Yes! Dairyone nutritional analysis is a good idea... how to pay for the testing... hmmm? There is definitely something about these leaves that are confusing to livestock. When I try feeding them to pigs, sheep, cattle, I can see that…"
Nov 1, 2018
Brett Chedzoy replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"It'd be interesting to send some samples at different times of the year to the dairyone lab for nutritional analysis. We had a Paulownia here at our farm for years till it frosted back during a bad winter and the goats polished off the…"
Oct 31, 2018
Emily Macdonald left a comment for Jonathan Bates
"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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Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Hello again folks, An update on my Paulownia fodder research. Silvopasture cattle eating fall Paulownia leaves, see picture attached. After one years growth from rooted stem cutting my tree got 15 feet tall! About 100 trees on the Cornell campus are…"
Oct 16, 2018
Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"I just found out that a local farm has this tree in one of their gardens that was planted 7 years ago, climate zone 5b, Berkshire NY. Most years it dies back to the ground and re-sprouts each spring reaching 15 feet tall in one season! Sprouting…"
Aug 15, 2018
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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

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 climate (and tropical) countries have experimented with Paulownia sp. already. China, where these trees are native, has probably been using it as forage for hundreds if not thousands of years. If you have any experience or knowledge of this tree, let's discuss it here! I look forward to the…See More
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At 12:26pm on October 23, 2018, Emily Macdonald said…

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 prunings I have fed to my sheep (after checking for toxicity, of course) are autumn olive( this agressive plant is already growing here but is too invasive/agressive to plant as a forage tree, in my opinion), mulberry, apple, and poplar. All were relished by the animals.

I suppose some of the characteristics one looks for in  good forage trees are similar to what one would look for in selecting grasses, legumes and forbes(does it grow on my site, is it palatable, nutritional value, yield, tolerance of repeated harvest etc.) but what criteria are particular to selecting trees for forage?

What trees have been used historically for forage?

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