Hello folks!

I'm looking for the best ways to get trees into active pastures, while having livestock grazing. I haven't yet found an option that is cheap, effective, and low-maintenance enough to really qualify for large-scale plantings. 

I'm also interested in what folks have tried, and what has worked/not worked. 

Here are the current best options I see:

Fool-proof but expensive: Arbor Shield

Great for sheep farms: Tree Tubes. Plantra systems would be my go-to

For rotational grazers: Short shelters (something like this) and portable electric fence. Can inexpensively protect a whole row of trees. Drawback is that you have to commit your paddocks to just that size to protect your tree lines.

What have you found to work or not?

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Comment by Shana Hanson on March 22, 2019 at 9:57am
For goats, I plant 3 cedar posts each with 6 insulators (or 6 doubles to make the right angles) equilaterally around individual trees, and run 6 rows of electric wire. If the tree is not in my fence line, I use cheap extension cords and wire the AC plug ends from a live fence to my tree. The extension cords get buried in the grass, but still may not hold up to cattle.

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