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Mother Knows Best – Why Your Livestock Eat What They Do

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If Mom didn’t eat it, chances are your young livestock won’t eat it either. Enjoy the video and the examples of what researchers have found, and then use the suggestions to work with your animals to help them make new food choices.

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A young animal learns what kind of things it should eat and do from its mother and its herd or ̶
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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. Patrick Tobola says:

    I was wondering if there has been anything published about the effectiveness of using Bud Williams’ Proper Stockmanship methods for receiving new animals into a feedlot? I know this type of research is difficult to perform because you have to have someone who is skilled at his methods and would need a commercial feedlot to participate. But if the stories he told are true about being able to get new animals to eat whatever ration the owner provided after working with the animals for a short period of time and sometimes less than an hour, it probably would be worth the time and effort to learn and use his methods just based on the increase in animal performance.

    • Kathy Voth says:

      Hi Patrick,
      I’m sure that stress can reduce the likelihood of an animal eating. Here’s an article I did awhile back about that: How does stress spread through your herd? It’s the Pee!. I’m not aware of research into what you mention specifically. Research done by Fred Provenza and his colleagues at Utah State University indicates that trying something new in a familiar environment, like the feed they will encounter in their next home, is a really easy way to make sure they transition well. I used that method for all kinds of animal moves.

      I’ll see what else I can find.



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