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Best trees for pastured pigs (Question for Grant)

 
j sowder
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Hi Grant. What species of trees would you recommend for a Midwest farm planting for pigs, such as length of fruiting season...I was thinking a mix of apple, mulberry, chestnut, and hazel nut...any suggestions for the mix? I live in west Michigan. Thanks!!!
 
Grant Schultz
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"apple, mulberry, chestnut, and hazel nut"
that's a great start. Are you thinking humans + livestock or just livestock?

I would add:
American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) - Depending upon varieties, mulberry can take you June - August, and Apple/Persimmon can take you July-March (unharvested fruit of many varieties will hang through frost and drop throughout the winter)
Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas)
Hickory/oaks that makes sense for your area
Asian pears (great disease resistance)
Hawthorne (for nutraceutical fruit for livestock)
a few Black Walnuts (as a browsable parasiticide)
black locust (as browsable forage + postwood)


 
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