looking for help extreme northwest ohio

hi i am new here and looking for advice. i live in extreme northwest ohio and am in my 50's. my goal is to get my 3 angus breeders 1 bull and 6 calves part of my farm to be as self sufficient and low maint. as possible for my retirement.

i am currently putting in high tension perimeter fence utilizing honey locust post cut from my woods. i have 3 -1.5 acre front open pastures with permanent water and am working on fencing and thinning an additional 10 + acres of woods. the wooded section is a long narrow strip about 3/4 of a mile long with a creek running the length of it thru the middle. my trees are kind of grouped in sections by type. The first 4or 5 acres is primarily black walnut followed by honey locus then maple. i currently have thinned about 4 or 5 acres and would like to plant grasses in it in the spring. i am currently leaning towards a mixture of neutral fescue and white clover but not sure as to when or how to plant. my local dept. of ag doesn't recognize silvopastures and wont even talk to me.

Is their anyone here in my same geographical area with experience in this field that can offer help or suggestions. my end goal is to not have to buy hay and become truly organic with a herd that has 3 breeders,1 bull and depending on the time of year 3 or 6 calves due to the 18 months it takes to grass feed a calf out.

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Comment by Brett Chedzoy on January 3, 2019 at 3:27pm


I'm not sure who the "local dept of ag" is in OH, but if you haven't done so already I suggest trying someone at Ohio State Extension to see what help you can find.  David Apsley (https://agnr.osu.edu/people/david-apsley) is their extension forester, but he may be able to put you in touch with a local ag extension expert.

You'll probably need to broadcast ("frost") seed the site if trees and other debris are in the way.  Good seed-soil contact is a must, so you may need to have your cattle "hoof in" the seed by grazing or feeding hay over the site.  


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