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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Akos Bodnar Jul 2. 13 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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Dr. Akos Bodnar replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Yes, you right, but there is no much experiences about feeding P. leaves. Actually, I found only some related resources on the Internet and less scientific papers... So, we're planning to start a feeding trial with goats and sheep. As I can see…"
Jul 2
Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Thanks for sharing those resources. It is my experience that the cattle are not interested in the Paulownia leaves until they start to turn yellow at the end of summer. You mention feeding leaves in the fall in the Nutritive Value article... Do you…"
Jun 30
Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Hello Larry... The Paulownia picture of the goats is from a forage trial from North Carolina I believe, not my goats :) In some places Paulownia has naturalized yes, but it only seems to grow where there has been previous disturbance, and in the…"
Jun 30
Larry Ulfik replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Is the photo of your goats eating Paulownia?  From where did you get it?  Is it invasive?  My Finnsheep are unusual in that they like to eat invasives like barberry, switchgrass, hickory leaves and twigs, oak leaves and twigs, willow…"
Jun 30
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Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"Hello Dr. Akos Bodnar, Thanks for sharing those resources. It is my experience that the cattle are not interested in the Paulownia leaves until they start to turn yellow at the end of summer. You mention this in the Nutritive Value article... Do you…"
Jun 26
Dr. Akos Bodnar replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"You can find here some additional…"
Jun 26
Jonathan Bates replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"For those interested in utilizing Paulownia for feed for ruminants, although this paper is about rabbits, it seems that it could apply to other animals: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/3/95/pdf"
Jun 20
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…"
Oct 23, 2018
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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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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Dr. Akos Bodnar Jul 2. 13 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

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