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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started this discussion. 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

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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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"Video documentation of Shelterbelt Farm beef cattle finally enjoying Paulownia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRz95nGcAeE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRz95nGcAeE"
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"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…"
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"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…"
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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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"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…"
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"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…"
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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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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

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