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Congress Says “Cows Eat Salted Weeds”

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On Pasture reader Kirk Cunningham wanted to know if I had ever found studies on cows grazing teasel.
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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.


  1. Terry felda says:

    Back in the dust bowl days cows were fed salted thistles cause that’s all they had to feed them. Course, the cows starved because just thistles isn’t enough. But it has been done….

  2. Paul Nehring says:

    I am going to try this method on Canadian thistle this week. My previous attempts to train cattle eat this have not been successful. Thanks for the article and your research.

  3. Chip Hines says:

    I especially appreciate information from eras when ranchers and farmers were more observant of their livestock and grasses.

  4. Kathy Voth says:

    Karen Hoffman sent an email to say: “our sheep eat teasel when it’s young, and then they eat the seed heads once it reaches maturity. We’ve never been able to figure out why they like the seed heads because they look and feel very unpalatable, other than the nutritional content must supersede the plant’s morphology!”

    Does anyone else have some teasel eating stories?

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