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Silvopasture work
« on: March 16, 2023, 09:43:08 AM »
I know itís not generally discussed on this forum but was wondering if anyone would be willing to share thoughts on what to charge for silvopasture work.
I have an opportunity to bid on a silvopasture project.  It is an area that has some mature trees but mostly 6-8Ē diameter stuff. Oak, pine, cherry, sassafras, Tupelo.  The objective is to clear out 90%+ of the material.  They do not want it mulched. Everything is to be cut as low as possible and stacked into piles.  I would be doing the work primarily with a Deere 455 track loader with a shear and grapple rake.  I know it has a lot to do with the density and I should have taken a picture but didnít.  I was hoping to do it hourly as some areas are more dense then others but they want cost per acre.  The project is up to 10 acres depending on price.  I also know prices depend on region.  I live in southeastern massachusetts-everything is expensive.  My thought right now is $5000 per acre. Am I close or way off?  I wonít get my feelings hurt if you think Iím nuts.  Just out of curiosity what would it roughly cost per acre to mulch it?  

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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2023, 09:49:35 AM »
Can you do one acre hourly and then base a bid on that? My argument with the client is that if I'm blind I'm covering my rear.
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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2023, 10:31:23 AM »
Can't help with the rate but here Virginia Tech did a similar project about 10 miles from me, all grant money, and they had $10K per acre into the project by the time there was grass growing and that was over a decade ago. 
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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2023, 11:40:10 AM »
This is a mulching job
Piling does not make sense and will add to the cost
If it was 10 grand 10 years ago it must be approaching 15 grand plus per acre
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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2023, 03:22:23 PM »
It might make the most sense financially to mulch it but it specifically says no mulching  And yes doing an acre would probably benefit them but itís kind of a waste of everyoneís time if my acre costs too much for them and they donít continue on with the project 

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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2023, 05:18:01 PM »
Given the location I am presuming there is a lot of rock in the soil, thus the aversion to mulching? 
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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2023, 06:54:22 PM »
Rocks are part of the problem. Most mulchers run carbide teeth around here. I have never been very impressed with the finish they leave.      These people had an area of pine mulched and for whatever reason they donít like the end result and donít wasnít it left on the ground. Iím fine with that as I donít have a mulcher and would be out of a potentially decent job if it went that way.  Just trying to come up with a fair number 

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2023, 07:13:21 PM »
I am just wondering, how high will the stumps be?
Even 2 inches high will be hard to maintain the "look" without using a mulcher.
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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2023, 07:54:16 PM »
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Just trying to come up with a fair number

Tell us what would be fair to you. 
Then let's see how that seems to be fair assuming we were requesting this job for our land clearing. So far,  we have no idea what you are willing to work for using the equipment you have on hand. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2023, 08:01:37 PM »
I believe the plan is that the ďlookĒ will be maintained by some sort of grazing animal. Goats were mentioned at one point.  I guess they could have a mulcher come in just to knock the stumps down.  All of these questions are valid.  The forester that came up with the plan asked me to simply bid on cutting and piling.

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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2023, 08:06:52 PM »
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Just trying to come up with a fair number

Tell us what would be fair to you.
Then let's see how that seems to be fair assuming we were requesting this job for our land clearing. So far,  we have no idea what you are willing to work for using the equipment you have on hand.
In my initial post I said I was thinking $5000 an acre

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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2023, 06:09:40 AM »
Somewhat small stem size placed into piles sounds like work for an old school wheeled feller buncher.

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Re: Silvopasture work
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2023, 08:03:30 AM »
Just bouncing it around real roughly in my head, would it be fair to say the bloom is off the rose at 1.5 man/machine weeks/acre? (Pick a number)
Does it seem reasonable when broken down as fine as you can?

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