This spring, take advantage of reduced prices on the book “Cows Eat Weeds” and/or the DVD “Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds” and turn your weeds into forage. Or buy both and Kathy will also email you a training plan that includes a list of feeds you can choose from, and daily instructions for what you need to do, how the animals might respond, and troubleshooting tips to help you solve any issues you may come across.
Whatever you choose, be sure to take use the Weed-Training Frequently Asked Questions Post. Use the comments section to post your training questions and I’ll answer them so that I can make sure you become a successful livestock trainer.
Some people learn best by reading. So in this book you’ll find all the information you need to understand the simple training process and the science behind it. You’ll learn:
- What really makes a plant palatable
- How creatures choose foods and protect themselves from toxins in plants,
- How to use a cow’s natural behaviors to get her to eat a weed in as little as 7 days.
And, because we all learn best from mistakes, I share mine as well as my lessons learned.
Here’s the Table of Contents.
Check out a book excerpt.
Paperback, 8 /12 x 11, 160 pages, full color throughout so you can see the training process in action.
Some people learn best by watching. So we took all the video and lessons learned from 8 years of training to show you everything you need to know to turn former weedy foes into forage that can beat grass for nutritional value.
Videos on this DVD:
• Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds – the science, the steps, and what we know about our new tool.
Kathy condenses the science and then takes you step-by-step through the process so you’ll be able to teach your own animals. She also answers the most frequently asked questions about the process and describes the skills for being a good livestock teacher
• Rancher Observations on the Process
Six ranchers talk about how the process worked for them. Since each operation is different, you’ll see 6 diferent examples of how Kathy adapted the process to meet different needs.
• The Economics of Livestock as Weed Managers
Economists, and farmers and ranchers talk about the benefits of using their livestock to manage weeds.
Three “music-video-style” shorts and a project video give you even more information on how cows learn to eat weeds
Sometimes, in addition to reading and watching, you’d like a little boost, and that’s just what the training plan will give you:
• A yes or no on the safety of the weed you want to train your livestock to eat
• A summary of materials you’ll need for training, including foods to choose from for the training. (Be sure to tell us if your animals are not allowed to eat any grain at all as this changes the training foods list and we’ll send you the non-grain version of the training plan.)
• A chart that walks you through the training process and what your animals might do, signals that things are going as planned, and tips for what to change if your trainees need a little extra assistance.
• Suggestions for enhancing weed grazing in pasture.