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Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds – A Farmer’s Perspective

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Don and Betty Ashford visited us at the On Pasture booth at the National Conference on Grazing Lands
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My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.


  1. This article makes it clear how easy this is, and it inspires me to keep close track of how it goes when we try it on Canada & Russian thistle in 2016. I was talking up the method at a presentation just the other day — thanks Don, and thanks Kathy!

  2. Thanks, Don. Very helpful to learn what feed you started with to get to these good results, the cow count and estimated quantities. Good hands on info presented clearly.

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