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Forest Trees

There are many considerations when thinking about how a silvopasture system will apply to you.  It is important to match the silvopasture system to your landowner objectives and future goals. The tree component in the silvopasture system can provide high-quality timber for longer term income while
reducing stress for livestock and possibly increasing forage production.

Choosing the right species, number, and spacing of trees will be dependent your objectives as a landowner. Selection of a tree species will often depend on conditions such as soil, available markets, and landowner objectives. Pines are conducive to silvopasture management and are often the most common tree species used in southern silvopasture systems.

Typically 200 to 400 trees are planted per acre. Tree spacing can often vary and will be dependent on site conditions and producer objectives. Trees many be spaced in single, double or multiples rows; individual widely spaced trees; and/or clustered or grouped.  One example is a single row planning consisting of trees planted 8 to 12 feet apart with 16 to 30 feet between the rows called alleyways.

For more on silvopasture species, spacing, planting density, and more, take a look below: