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10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The Value of Tree Fodder in Silvopasture Systems

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10:30 GMT
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The Value of Tree Fodder in Silvopasture Systems

Silvopasture is an ancient practice that integrates trees and pasture into a single system for raising livestock. Research from Project Drawdown – the global research organisation – suggests silvopasture is the most effective climate change mitigation solution of all agricultural strategies. However, there are also animal welfare and productivity benefits through the provision of shelter, shade and as a valuable source of food.

This session will give a brief overview of what silvopasture is and its benefits before delving into more detail about why two producers are planting trees on their farms. It will have a particular focus on trees as a food source and highlight new research on the mineral composition of tree leaves and how best to utilise some of the concentrations identified as a supplement for sheep.

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