Budget scenarios to plant a silvopasture at existing poultry farms

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2020: $279,078.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2024
Grant Recipient: Virginia Tech
Region: Southern
State: Virginia
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Leonie Jacobs
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
John Fike
school of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Va Tech
Dr. John Munsell, PhD
Virginia Tech - Department of Forest Resources and Environmental
Gabriel Pent
Dept. of Crop and Soil Environmental Science, Virginia Tech
In Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, poultry operations are a major part of the farm economy. Silvopasture--planting trees in areas where chickens roam and peck--could enhance the welfare of broiler chicken flocks by providing shade and more ability to exhibit natural behaviors. We recommend that poultry growers who already provide pasture access for their flocks consider establishing silvopasture settings by planting yellow poplars--also called tulip poplars--which are fast growing and thrive in regions like the Shenandoah Valley. This spreadsheet provides growers with guidance on the costs and returns of establishing yellow poplar groves as part of a silvopasture operation for poultry in the Shenandoah Valley.
Leonie Jacobs, Virginia Tech
John Bovay, Virginia Tech
Darby Welbaum, Virginia Tech
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.