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Planted Silvopatures

Started Jul 19, 2019 0 Replies

Peter Smallidge shared this article with me on the potential carbon sequestration benefits of tree planting:  …Continue

Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Oct 29, 2019. 3 Replies

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

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Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Harris's discussion Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?
"Limited shade tolerance studies indicate that Reed Canary, Orchardgrass and Tall Fescue and Bluegrass are amongst the most shade-tolerant cool season grasses, roughly in that order.  However, varieties within species seem to matter.   The…"
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Kable Thurlow replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion protecting young trees during fly season
"good info Brett, thanks for posting "
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion protecting young trees during fly season
"I snapped this picture last evening of two of our bulls here rubbing off some winter fuzz on a dead larch tree, and it reminded me of this old post on the importance of recognizing the potential for certain animals to cause more damage than others…"
Jun 2
Brett Chedzoy replied to jackie milne's discussion Feed values for fodder trees
"Shana Hanson in Maine recently shared this report from her study done with help from U of Vermont.  The announcement of the study is pasted below, and the referenced report is attached as .pdf. Tree Leaf Silages and Dried Leaves as Livestock…"
May 5
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Scott Johnson left a comment for Brett Chedzoy
"Hi Brett,Thanks! Unfortunately the town council said "no" to our proposal: https://lowtechinstitute.org/2018/10/01/proposal-for-community-flock/ They cited worries about cars hitting the sheep if they got out, but I think it was political…"
Nov 21, 2019
Brett Chedzoy replied to Joanne Vaughn's discussion Help: Oak acorn fungus/blight?
"Hard to tell from the picture, but they look like oak galls, not acorns.  Do an internet search for "oak twig and stem galls" and you'll find plenty of information to see if that's in fact what the issue is.  "
Nov 8, 2019
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine
"Joanne, These are good questions as I think many graziers (including myself) tend to get confused over the concepts of density vs. stocking, etc.   Density is independent of time.  It's simply the amount of animals (expressed in # of…"
Oct 29, 2019
Joanne Vaughn replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Silvopasturing Series from Graze Magazine
"Hi Brett, I am reading "Managing vegetation in silvopastures". You say "we try to maintain a grazing density of at least 100,000 lbs per acre on the open pastures with our cow-calf herd to balance the considerations of time vs…"
Oct 28, 2019
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South Central New York Silvopasture Tour at South Central New York

August 20, 2020 to August 21, 2020
Save the dates!  The 2-day multi-farm silvopasture tour originally planned for this September as mentioned in the recent AFTA newsletter (https://www.aftaweb.org/latest-newsletter/current-newsletter.html) has been moved to next August 20 & 21st.  This tour will feature several diverse grazing farms that utilize hundreds of acres of silvopasturing to support their operations.  Full details and registration…See More
Jul 24, 2019
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Planted Silvopatures

Peter Smallidge shared this article with me on the potential carbon sequestration benefits of tree planting:  https://www.sciencenews.org/article/planting-trees-could-buy-more-time-fight-climate-change-thoughtThe article claims that the 900 million hectares suitable for tree planting did not include "natural grasslands".  My guess is that figure includes pasture land in…See More
Jul 19, 2019

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NY
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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?

At 10:35am on November 21, 2019, Scott Johnson said…

Hi Brett,
Thanks! Unfortunately the town council said "no" to our proposal:

https://lowtechinstitute.org/2018/10/01/proposal-for-community-flock/

They cited worries about cars hitting the sheep if they got out, but I think it was political (the person with the mowing contract has connections to the council).

Scott

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Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?

Started by Ben Harris. Last reply by Ben Harris 6 hours ago. 5 Replies

As I thin some woods and open up some edge lines, I'm hoping to seed some perennial shade-tolerant forages. I'm mainly focused on wildlife at this point (I don't yet own livestock), and hope to get…Continue

protecting young trees during fly season

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Kable Thurlow on Monday. 3 Replies

As we get ready to move our 5 bulls from the "bull pen" pastures this weekend off to their respective breeding groups and other parts of the farm, I'm reminded that we're currently at the height of…Continue

Starting a silvopasture in the woods

Started by Joe Repetur. Last reply by Joe Repetur Jul 22. 6 Replies

We have about 20+ acres of woods we can use as a silvopasture, but we're not sure how to start it. The woods are a mess, and we're not sure if we should "clear cut" and start over, or?? We have a lot…Continue

Silvopasture class in Albany NY

Started by Joe Repetur Jul 19. 0 Replies

I picked up a copy of The Stockman Grass Farmer newspaper and saw a flyer for two upcoming classes they are going to have September 25th-27th in Albany NY. The first is Grazier's Multi Species…Continue

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