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Why Cows That Learn to Eat One Weed Will Choose to Eat Others

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Dr. Fred Provenza and some of his non-human colleagues sit down to a meal together. In 2004, I train
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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. Richard Law says:

    I trained cows and calves 8 1/2 years ago to eat Ironweed. The next year they were eating multiflora rose and autumn olive. They continue to expand their selection to Japanese Stilt Grass, Thistles, etc. I turned a group of yearling steers into a field that had Joint head grass last year. They had never seen it before and they did a very good job of eating it. Btw, Joint head grass and Japanese stilt grass both have a TDN in the high 60’s. One other interesting thing is the following summer after the initial training, the then yearling heifers (they were calves at time of training) taught a yearling Bull that was not even on the farm the training year to eat Autumn Olive.

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