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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Started by Scott O'Bar. Last reply by Scott O'Bar 22 hours ago. 1 Reply

Most of my opinions about getting a job based on agroforestry / regenerative agriculture stem from the time I was fresh out of college a little over one decade ago.At that time I was considering…Continue

Pasture-in-the-woods forestry consulting in PA

Started by Robbie Coville May 24. 0 Replies

Hello folks. Are there any consultants here who advise and plan forestry thinning for silvopasture in PA? Or can you point me in the direction of anyone who provides those services in PA? Thank you!Continue

Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning

Started by Mark E. Kunnemann. Last reply by Mark E. Kunnemann May 15. 6 Replies

I live in south central Texas on 21 very wooded acres. I have a plan to thin the trees to open up the canopy for allowing grasses to grow. I have 31 large piles of brush which I had planned to burn,…Continue

Biochar by-products from silvopasture thinnings

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Scott O'Bar May 14. 4 Replies

In 2020, a local grazier friend did an intensive thinning on 70 acres of mature woods to create silvopasture.  Learning from other's past mistakes (including mine) of leaving too much logging debris…Continue

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