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Overcoming Our Brush Prejudice

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Here’s a breakthrough  – Cows can do every bit as well on brush as goats.  Check out this article to see if maybe you can change your mind and start using brush as the great forage it can be.

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Prejudice: an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or rea
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

4 Comments

  1. David says:

    A cow will eat just about any leafy thing that is green. Here in the Southeast we have Kudzu galore. You put cows in that field and in no time all you see is roots and dirt. Broomstraw? turn the cows on it before it turns yellow or brown. Same with Johnson Grass. When we had some dry summers, I have cut the lower limbs of Water oak trees and they were standing there waiting for the next one to hit the ground.

  2. Fred says:

    When I find Canada Thistle in a pasture I wait until it become mature then burn it with a flame weeder (500,000) BTU. This does not actually burn but cooks the plant by exploding the cells in the leaves. My Black Angus relish these cooked weeds, rushing over as they are still steaming! Who knew?

  3. Steve Nelle says:

    Kathy – This is a good, thought-provoking article. Our biases often won’t allow us to see things that are different from our beliefs. In south Texas and in Chihuahuan desert ranges, cattle often eat a lot of browse – sometimes because they want to and sometimes because grass is scarce. The European bison, also called Wisent are a forest dwelling bovine and they eat large volumes of browse even when they have access to good grass. As you point out, browse is often high in nutrition and is a renewable resource. It should be considered a valuable part of the range resource and properly managed for sustainability. Thank you for the article.

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