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An nice example of how silvopasturing makes sense just about anywhere that trees & forages can be grown together:…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Caskey Apr 1, 2022. 5 Replies 0 Likes
There are related discussions on the forum discussing shade tolerant forages mixes and profiling a number of farms that have used various strategies to get good stuff growing after letting the…Continue
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recording from our session this past January at the ORFC. We already know silvopastures are awesome, but some great food for thought from the other presenters:…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 30, 2020. 1 Reply 0 Likes
One of the more interesting talks that I've heard over the years on grazing or silvopasturing was by Dr. Gene Garrett at the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference titled: Silvopasture Ecosystem…Continue
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Posted on January 26, 2018 at 9:30pm 8 Comments 1 Like
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…Continue
Posted on August 19, 2015 at 2:40pm 3 Comments 1 Like
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…Continue
Posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:00pm 11 Comments 0 Likes
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…Continue
Posted on August 16, 2013 at 12:00pm 1 Comment 1 Like
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". …Continue
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!
Hello Brett, you indicated about an international silvopasture program, could you please advise.
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?
Thanks! Unfortunately the town council said "no" to our proposal:
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).