Congress Says “Cows Eat Salted Weeds”

On Pasture reader Kirk Cunningham wanted to know if I had ever found studies on cows grazing teasel. I knew of nothing off the top of my head, so I spent quite some time searching the internet. The only thing I found was from the 1945 Congressional Record. Sandwiched between remarks on the results of a "Gallup Poll on Questions of Interest to the Army" and "The Peace We Want - a Continuing Peace," were comments by the Honorable Glen H. Taylor of Idaho titled "Salt and Weeds as Cattle Feeds." Here are Senator Taylor's Remarks from Wednesday, July 25, 1945: Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to have printed in the Appendix of the Record an article published in the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune entitled "Grangeville Farmer Lures Cattle to Graze on Weeds Which Have Been Lightly Salted to Provide Flavor" It strikes me it is an excellent plan to induce cattle to feed on salted weeds. There being no objection, the article was ordered to be printed in the RECORD as follows: GRANGEVILLE FARMER LURES CATTLE TO GRAZE ON WEEDS WHICH HAVE BEEN LIGHTLY SALTED TO PROVIDE FLAVOR Craigmont, July 11 - - Sodium chloride (common table salt to most of us) has entered the picture as a possible weed eradicator, according to report from H.J. Lechner, agronomist for the Charles Lilly Seed Co. here. Lechner bases his prediction partly on experiments conducted by ben Baker, pioneer farmer of the Grangeville area, who saved himself a lot of hard work by flavoring teasel, burdock and other w

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4 thoughts on “Congress Says “Cows Eat Salted Weeds”

  1. 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. 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. 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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