Agroforestry Internship Report

Chloe Johnson was an intern at the Kerr Center in 2006. As part of her internship, she developed this report on agroforestry.
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Loblolly pines provide shade for cattle in the Between-the-Lakes Agroforestry project.


Agroforestry is the practice of growing trees with agricultural crops and/or livestock on the same piece of land. Silvipasture is the grazing of livestock and growing of trees on the same land.

Like many other Southern cattle producers, the Kerr Center has large pastures cleared of trees and maintained in that condition for hay and forage production. Producers with treeless pastures find that during hot weather, cattle do not graze well in unshaded areas. Establishing trees in these pastures provides shade for cattle and allows for more even grazing. It also helps to remove excess water, which can be a limiting factor for high quality forage.

The Between-the-Lakes Agroforestry project is one of two large-scale timber and agroforestry projects on the Kerr Ranch.

For more detailed information, read "Agroforestry Practices” and “Oklahoma Projects Combine Timber Production with Cattle Grazing.”

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Agroforestry Overview - August 2013

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