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Honey locust pods as part of a complete (livestock) breakfast

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“And all trees bear an awful big crop which the stock like so well that they will break down the f
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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.

3 Comments

  1. Ed Fredrickson says:

    Livestock are wonderful dispersal agents of honey locust. Feeding whole locust seed guarantees that you are going to have honey locust everywhere.

    • Kathy Voth says:

      Well, that can depend. Often we don’t notice or even know when our livestock are grazing off young seedlings. A good example is my grandpa’s dairy cow pasture. It had a few trees on the fence lines, but for the 30-odd years I knew him and cows grazed there, there was nothing in the pasture itself. But after he left the farm and no one grazed that pasture it came up in trees everywhere. Meanwhile, other grazed pastures – no trees. So, yes, they can spread the trees, but grazing can prevent forests.

      • Bill Beaman says:

        If you are talking about the variety of Honey Locust trees that produce thorns I would urge caution. Cattle love the pods as do deer. They do an excellent job of reseeding the thorn trees. I have seen many pastures destroyed by heavy infestations of Honey Locust trees. The trees become so thick, man nor beast can even walk through the area. We eliminated all the Honey Locust trees from our farm in sw Iowa ten years ago but still have to deal with over 500 new seedlings each year as deer transplant them from neighboring farms. The thorns destroy tires. Repair efforts can’t even find them. Try getting poked by one and you’ll likely end up at your local doctor getting help with the inflammation.

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