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Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Feb 28. 1 Reply

The attached articles (hopefully in chronological order) were published over the past ~ year in Graze magazine (www.grazeonline.com).  Happy reading!  …Continue

What is Silvopasturing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edmund Brown Mar 5, 2018. 17 Replies

This topic probably should have been discussed at the forum’s inception in 2011, but better late than never :) Two recent articles in the February, 2018 Stockman Grass Farmer covered many good…Continue

"Slash Walls" and innovative forest regeneration strategies - potential applications for silvopastures?

Started Feb 7, 2018 0 Replies

The link below is for a blog on the Cornell forestry forum related to using logging debris (slash) for exclusionary fences to protect forest regeneration from deer pressure (or livestock pressure). …Continue

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Brett Chedzoy replied to Jesse Matt's discussion Traits of a good silvopastoralist
"Jesse, All silvopasturing practitioners are graziers and thus have or are rapidly developing grazing skills.  One observed weakness in this group are the tree-management skills.  Some of this lack of knowledge on the silvicultural side of…"
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Jesse Matt liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine
"… and I should also mention that there are other archived articles that have appeared in publications like OnPasture here on the forum that can be found by searching older posts. "
Feb 28
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Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine

The attached articles (hopefully in chronological order) were published over the past ~ year in Graze magazine (www.grazeonline.com).  Happy reading!  Graze%20-%20Silvopasturing%20Process%20-%20January%202018.pdf…See More
Feb 28
Brett Chedzoy commented on jeff eby's blog post looking for help extreme northwest ohio
"Jeff, This link will take you to a study done at the Center for Agroforestry on relative shade tolerance of some common forage…"
Jan 20
Brett Chedzoy commented on jeff eby's blog post looking for help extreme northwest ohio
"Jeff, 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…"
Jan 3
amy fenn commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Tree Fodders in Silvopasture
"hi Diane!  The webinar has been posted on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/gJ9G66pluqA"
Nov 12, 2018
Diane Mayerfeld commented on Brett Chedzoy's event Tree Fodders in Silvopasture
"I could not make the webinar today.  Is there a recording, and if so, how do I access it?  Thanks!  Diane Mayerfeld"
Nov 2, 2018
Tanya Enright liked Brett Chedzoy's discussion Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes
Oct 31, 2018
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"and a few pictures taken in mid-September in a nearby walnut-locust plantation.  Note the coppice growth from locust harvested the previous season (posts with Bunny the goat in foreground).  Also, a patch of dense walnut seedlings where a…"
Oct 31, 2018
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"More pictures taken in same area in early October as the herd was making it's third and last pass of the season through the main silvopasture areas to graze off the regrowth since late-July before leaf drop.  The best grass is in the spots…"
Oct 31, 2018
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"These two pictures were taken around the same areas as the 2016 pictures above in late-July when the initial rains started to green everything up"
Oct 31, 2018
Brett Chedzoy commented on Brett Chedzoy's blog post Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms
"2018 end of season updates - three years after thinning 2016 (above pictures) was historically dry and there wasn't much progress in the green-up of the recently thinned silvopasture understories.  2017 started as a monsoon and for a while…"
Oct 31, 2018
Brett Chedzoy replied to Jonathan Bates's discussion Who has experience with Empress Tree?
"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…"
Oct 31, 2018

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Schuyler
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extension educator and silvopastoralist

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Managing Livestock Density and Impact in Silvopastures

Posted on January 26, 2018 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

Even before commercially thinning ~80 acres of the woods on our farm, I had come to appreciate the challenges of controlling the vegetative response to letting in more sunlight. 

In open pastures, the grazier can readily mow, spray or even till and re-seed to deal with noxious weeds and invasive brush. But livestock impact is often the only practical tool for managing vegetation in tree-covered silvopastures.  Consequently, silvopasturing relies on intensive rotation of higher…

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What We Can Learn From Silvopasturing in Other Corners of the World

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 2:40pm 3 Comments

This forum unintentionally drew an initial concentration of members from the northeastern US, though many folks have since joined from other parts of the country and globe (welcome!).  Silvopasturing practices certainly need to be customized to the local area and situation, but the principals remain largely the same no matter where working trees and livestock are raised together in a sustainable manner. 

In hopes of broadening discussions, participation and what we can learn from…

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Silvopasture Development Progress at Angus Glen Farms

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:00pm 11 Comments

I've had the best of intentions to be more active on this forum this summer to share my thoughts and experiences with a recent "low grade" timber harvest at our farm to promote silvopasture development.  The harvest wrapped-up a few weeks ago, and I just returned from quick trip to Argentina.  With that behind me, it's time to get some pictures and storied up about the project.  But first, as a bit of background, I've pasted below an article that I was asked to write for the current edition…

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Silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Peter and I recently had the opportunity to present a day-long workshop on silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center in the lower Hudson Valley.  The Stone Barns Center (www.stonebarnscenter.org) is located on the former Rockefeller dairy farm, and today serves as a showcase of "sustainable food systems". …

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At 10:12pm on February 29, 2012, Darren Bender-Beauregard said…

Brett, I just found this site from your producer profile in the latest SGF.  I am very interested in any details you'd care to share of your silvopasture use in a beef operation.  I am just starting a grassfed beef operation on 250 acres and just got my started herd.  They are linebred, old-type black angus, largely Octoraro and Wye, but some others in the background too.  Got them from a guy named Larry Sansom in KY.  I'm also curious how you like your Octoraro and Wye angus stock--seemed like a good way to go but it's always good to hear someone else's experiences!

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

-Darren

At 4:42pm on November 30, 2015, Ricardo Zachrisson C. said…

Hello Brett, you  indicated about an international silvopasture program, could you please advise.

Rgs,

Ricardo

At 11:44am on December 1, 2015, Brett Chedzoy said…

Hi Ricardo

I think you're referring to the blog that I started a couple months back asking for more "stories" from other members on their silvopasture experiences and projects in other parts of the US and world?

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Who has experience with Empress Tree?

Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Dr. Akos Bodnar Jul 2. 13 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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Traits of a good silvopastoralist

Started by Jesse Matt. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jun 17. 1 Reply

Good afternoon all!  My name is Jesse Matt - I am a forestry and global resource systems student at Iowa State University, with an emphasis in Spanish (also a new member of the silvopasture forum). …Continue

UMASS research on silvopasture establishment

Started by Brett Chedzoy Jun 17. 0 Replies

Kuddos to U Mass for their silvopasturing researchhttps://www.gazettenet.com/Silvopasture-25233385Continue

[Iowa] Looking for a critique of my plan

Started by Jesse Matt. Last reply by Jesse Matt Jun 1. 2 Replies

Hello All,New to silvopasture practice.  I am a forestry and Global Resource Systems student from Iowa State University.  Agroforestry has really stolen my heart, and I've been trying learn as much…Continue

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