February 2012 Blog Posts (2)

Suitable Species

I was recently asked the following questions regarding animal and tree species for silvopastures: 

"... is silvopasture just suitable to beef breeds? Or would dairy and dual purpose breeds be equally suited to Silvopasture?  I was also wondering about tree species composition. Obviously allelopathic species like Black Walnut are not conducive to growing good forage, but could you use a super dense Hemlock grove for a living barn (relying on hay for feed…

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Added by Brett Chedzoy on February 6, 2012 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Silvopastures on marginal sites

A friend recently inquired if it would be possible to convert her low site-index oak/white pine woods into silvopatures to expand the grazeable acreage on her cattle farm.  Most any site can be managed to grow forages and browse for livestock grazing, but not every site can grow enough food to make the investment worthwhile.  Another consideration is the senstivitiy of the site, particularly in the case of steep slopes or poorly drained…

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Added by Brett Chedzoy on February 6, 2012 at 11:08am — No Comments

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Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Mar 2. 20 Replies

A forum member recently asked about creating silvopastures for their goats with black locust.  In my opinion, black locust is just about the perfect tree for converting open pasture areas into…Continue

Stocking density

Started by Mike Case. Last reply by Joe Orefice Feb 10. 1 Reply

I'm interested to see what Are some typical animal stocking densities here in the northeast. Understably, there are multiple variables. Animal spcies, recovery period length, grazing length and…Continue

New to Silvopasture

Started by Randal Seaton. Last reply by Mike Case Feb 1. 4 Replies

Please excuse my lack of knowledge on Silvopasture. Bear with me as I have some questions that may be a little "beginnerish.My wife and I have begun thinning/clearing a wooded section of our property…Continue

Bamboo as winter stockpile?

Started by Edmund Brown. Last reply by Edmund Brown Jan 21. 2 Replies

Any members here ever thought of using bamboo as a winter stockpile? I have a grass-fed beef operation in central NY and would like to reduce my hay bill and improve my eco-footprint.I have a small…Continue

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