Submitted to: Association for Temperate Agroforestry Meeting
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/5/2003
Publication Date: 7/1/2003
Citation: BURNER, D.M., CAMPBELL, L., MEIER, S. 2003. THE CHRISTMAS TREE PLANTATION - A SILVOPASTURE OPPORTUNITY. THE TEMPERATE AGROFORESTER. 11(3):6-7, 11.
Technical Abstract: Christmas tree plantations could serve as silvopastures to increase farm diversification, sustainability, production, and profitability. In this review article we summarized the main factors involved in a sheep-based system, including breed selection, fencing needs, tree growth stage, flock management, and forage systems. The experience of one particular grower, Stephen Meier, was highlighted. Producers were advised that this management-intensive system requires considerable research and planning before being initiated.