Putting Idle Land Back to Work Through Intensively-Managed Livestock Impacts and Silvopasturing Principles
Throughout most humid regions of the US, the landscape is dotted with old farm fields and pastures that today grow trees and shrubs. In some cases, there are obvious reasons why land was left to revert back to its natural state – too wet, stony or steep. But many of these old field sites also […]
Last week we started the process of turning open pastures into quality silvopastures by asking the questions we should all ask before we start a new project: Will it be profitable? Can I afford it? Do I have the time to do it right? If you answered yes to the above considerations and are ready […]
Silvopasturing usually starts from the forest and moves to pasture. But what if you have pasture and you want to add trees? Brett Chedzoy gets you started with this 2 part series.
Silvopasturing is the sustainable (long-term) production of timber, forages and livestock on the same land. Silvopastures are dynamic, symbiotic and intensively managed grazing systems. Scattered shade trees in a pasture, loafing areas to escape the heat and flies, or dense woods with sparse understories of edible plants are not silvopastures. In silvopasture systems, no resource […]
Brett didn’t have the $100K to make upgrades to his operation for nutrient management, let alone the $30K for a new barn to winter his cattle. The solution? A change in management that prevents runoff from his winter feeding AND provides his herd with shelter free of charge.