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Red Clover: Antibiotic Alternative for Cattle

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USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists discovered an antimicrobial compound in red clover that may help reduce antibiotic use in animals.

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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. Tauy Scott says:

    We interseeded red clover in our fescue pastures years ago on the recommendations of NRCS. Initially, as a lugume it fixates nitrogen in the soil greatly reducing annual fertilizer costs. Since then, we have really noticed an improvement in our overall herd health, so this study does not surprise me.

  2. richard parrott says:

    okay once I started commenting I cant shut up
    since it was a free talk by jim gerrish at the conservative
    shall we say Utah cattlemans meeting in provo 3 years ago
    Jim Gerrish commented and it was like we should all know!!.
    A cow grazing clover excreates plenty excess nitrogen ie excess protein in the urine 7 times a day.
    for me that meant get that sack of clover setting around
    ….planted !!
    with my no till drill…which you advertise rental for me
    that starts FERTILIZING your grass pasture.
    Its not those few clover plants and roots that fertilize
    like we thought. So I planted and a few blooms showed up in what was thick irrigated orchard grass. next san foin goes in as it is a perennial and proven in Idaho Utah montana

  3. richard parrott says:

    Kathy way to go on clover story ….you continue to amaze me ….after it freezes lets all gather at elko and tour the Maggie creek brush killing project…where Carole and I first met you. Richard parrott buhl idaho

  4. tsi says:

    Clover blossoms have for thousands of years been on herbals for humans. Now I know why! Best bet to get cattle off of antibios, put them back on pasture and move often to clean pasture. Fresh, green feed daily makes better beef than graining. Grain to animals is like candy to kids, the less the better. Some, certainly, but not try to live on it. Good article, thank you.

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