"Welcome Terry, I am also a neighbor of sorts, just over (or rather on top of) the hill in DeRuyter. As a farm and forestry consultant, I can also offer a perspective on what may or may not work in your situation. I never charge for an initial…"
"My experience with "living barns" on my dairy farm over 20+ years found that it was most effective to utilize a sacrifice pasture next to the evergreen "paddock" for the winter bedding area. The evergreens provided a windbreak…"
"From what I have been seeing in Central NY/ Southern Tier, we need to change from a reactive to proactive management style. We need to plan for and manage for regeneration today rather than down the road. The invasive seed inventory (spore stock w/…"
"Hi, Incorporating a few strips or small paddocks with mixtures of Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Plantain (Plantago major), and the herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) has shown some very promising results for anthelmintic use. While I can't cite…"
"This type of comment is based largely on the lack of understanding of what silvopasture is. The NRCS is (should be ) well informed with the theory and application of managed intensive grazing. Silvopasture is absolutely the same thing.…"
"As the canopy is opened and the understory flush of growth develops, goats are an excellent mob mowing machine. I use the portable netting and size paddocks for 2-3 days access at most to reduce chance of damaging desirable trees. Any younger…"
"I want to add one quick thought about the transition to silvopasture. Use caution.
The temptation to develop and manage the pasture too intensely could be detrimental to the trees. Most trees in the Northeast prefer an acidic soil and have developed…"
"I'd like to add one thought on the use of a dense hemlock grove as a "living barn". From my own experience with a Holstein dairy. The cows did just fine in a sacrifice pasture downwind of the evergreen grove. Only allow access into…"
Silvopastures have a higher-than-average efficiency amongst agroforestry system thanks to the added benefits of livestock converting plant biomass in to valuable products like meat, milk, fiber. …Continue
Reaching 300 members has been an elusive goal, but we made it!... and what a difference rain can make from one year to another. Pictures below taken in ~ same spot a year apart. 2016 was historic…Continue
Hello all!Just a quick background: my family and I are on 12.5 acres in south central PA. We have already established our version of a few rows of silvopasture. My wife and I tried our hand at…Continue