Yes! Your Livestock Can Eat Horsenettle! (and some other southern favorites too)

In September of 2014, I worked with Alan DeRamus of the Univerity of Louisiana and Don and Betty Ashford of Ethel, Louisiana on a project to introduce farmers to the idea of teaching cattle to eat weeds so they could manage some of their most problematic plants. Here's an update of that project. Training up a few cows to eat weeds, and then inviting folks to come watch them graze them in pasture, is one of the best ways to introduce folks to the idea that their cows really can turn weeds into nutritious forage. So that's what I did with Dr. Alan DeRamus and Don and Betty Ashford. First we talked about their weeds and which ones they wanted to train for first, and then, after talking on the phone about the different animals and operations, I sent them each a training recipe to walk them through the process. The University Brangus herd was introduced to goldenrod (Solidago ludoviciana), but they decided on their own that tea weed (prickly sida/Sida spinosa) was just as good, and they chowed down on it in pasture. Don and Betty Ashford introduced their cows to mimosa weed (also known as chamberbitter weed/phyllanthus urinaria). Then the cattle decided on their own to add teaweed and horse nettle. (Don wrote about the training process from his perspective too.) All of the

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