By Saintly Ngwenya
Planting of trees in pasture fields is a practice which many farmers do not usually undertake. Trees can have their disadvantages to proper pasture growth but however have their own benefits too. By planting trees specifically for feeding livestock, a farmer is assured of land use benefit.
Trees acts as windbreaks in paddocks thereby protecting livestock from harsh winds and pollutants. They also break heavy rainfall and allow rain water to infiltrate thus preventing soil erosion. Planting trees provide shade for livestock especially in excessive heat environments. Economically, trees can be harvested as timber or their products (fruits and nuts) after some time giving the farmer additional income from the same piece of land. Additionally, adding trees in pasture fields beautifies the land and produce natural habitat for birds and other animal species.
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