#28 How leucaena can double cattle units per hectare and transform profitability with Jaime Elizondo


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After many years of experimentation, Jaime Elizondo is scaling his leucaena silvopasture system in order to increase his stocking rate from 3 to 6 cattle units per hectare: doubling his profitability.

This bold statement has been made by one of the most experienced regenerative graziers we know of, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Beyond improving his grass productivity and providing fodder for his cows, Jaime is planting trees for a multitude of benefits such as biodiversity, cattle wellbeing and soil regeneration.

In this interview Jaime is talking directly to farmers and graziers with a wealth of practical information as we break down key topics in his pollarding system. He discusses how he establishes the trees, rotates the animals around them, how he pollards and how cattle digest strong chemical compounds produced by trees.

We hope you enjoy!


02:00 - Introduction

09:20 - Why started planting trees

15:20 - Why leucaena?

18:30 - Tree density and cattle stocking rate

20:50 - How to direct seed leucaena

30:25 - Competition between trees and grass

34:00 - Adapted animal genetics for silvopasture

38:00 - Leucaena rate of inclusion in cattle feed intake

39:40 - Pollarding vs direct browsing of leucaena

44:05 - Fencing and protecting trees

48:30 - Tree - grass interactions and tree densities

53:10 - Silvopasture and non-selective grazing rotations





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