Posts by Brett Chedzoy

Brett Chedzoy, is a forester for the Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central New York Agriculture Team, and in his free time raises hair sheep, goats and black angus cattle on his family’s farm near Watkins Glen, NY. Brett may be reached by email at:
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Assessing Woodlands for Silvopasture

By Brett Chedzoy / July 4, 2022

Silvopasture is a land-management system that simultaneously focuses on the sustainable and integrated production of trees, forage and livestock. By Brett Chedzoy and Peter Smallidge There are examples in New York and the Northeast for the use of almost all types of livestock including poultry, small ruminants such as sheep or goats, and larger ruminants…

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Bale Grazing: Feed the Cattle, Feed the Pasture

By Brett Chedzoy / October 7, 2013

At Angus Glen Farm, the two areas where we’ve made the greatest gains in winter feeding efficiency in recent years are by reducing human and mechanical energy inputs (my time and tractor time). Several years ago we transitioned to outwintering and “bale grazing”. This strategy can be used in different ways on different farms, but…

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Using Goats for Vegetation Management in the Northeast

By Brett Chedzoy / April 2, 2011

The climate of the Northeast is favorable for growing lush vegetation, but sometimes too many of the wrong plants grow in the wrong place.  Ignoring the situation will often lead to greater costs and problems further down the road.  Goats are an increasingly popular option for managing vegetation in other regions of the United States,…

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Wise Gas Leasing Practices for Landowners

By Brett Chedzoy / April 2, 2011

The outlook for widespread natural gas development in New York is still unclear as policy makers and other stakeholders continue to debate the risks and benefits. But what is certain is that much of upstate New York contains rich natural gas reserves beneath the ground that could be developed someday. Therefore, it is likely that…

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By Brett Chedzoy / July 4, 2010

Grazing domestic livestock in wooded areas is a common practice in many parts of the world and other regions of the U.S., but became taboo in the northeast in the later half of the 20th century when foresters and conservationists began to educate farmers on the potential harmful impacts of allowing livestock in their woodlots. …

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