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Weeds Are Great Forage and Grazing Them Makes You Money

As we head into grazing season, there’s an especially joyful feeling that comes from watching pastures green up. But then, there’s that downer from realizing that much of what we’re seeing are dreaded weeds. This month, we’re going to turn that frown upside down by turning those weeds into forage. Hooray!

Let’s start with some examples of weeds that make great forage.

There are so many more to cover, and I’ll share more in upcoming issues. If you’re in a hurry, you can search On Pasture for your weed. If you don’t find it, drop me an email with its scientific name and I’ll point you in the right direction. The downloadable ebook set also comes with a training recipe for your livestock and information about weeds that are safe for livestock to eat or should be avoided.

Have You Discovered the Benefits of Canada Thistle?

Spotted Knapweed – or Knapweed of Any Sort – Makes Great Forage!

Yes! Your Livestock Can Eat Horsenettle! (and Mimosa/Chamberbitter weed, Teaweed/Spiny Sida, and Goldenrod)

Cows Can Eat Multiflora Rose

Why Graze Weeds?

Because you’ll have more! More forage, more profit, more fun than spraying weeds, more time off…what more could you want?

When Your Livestock Graze Weeds You’ll Have 43% More Forage

Want More?

I’ve got a LOT more on this topic and I’ll be sharing it in upcoming issues. Because I’ve spent so much time learning about animals, figuring out how to train them, and then speaking about it at workshops and conferences, I can guess many of the questions you might have. But, if you’d like to help guide me as I’m putting together this month’s articles, do drop me a line with your concerns, issues, and more. And you can head here for resources and links that will help you get started turning your livestock into weed eaters.

Oh and a Funny! I almost forgot!

Cows Eat Weeds


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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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