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Have You Discovered the Benefits of Canada Thistle?

By   /  April 5, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Have You Discovered the Benefits of Canada Thistle?

I have a different feeling about weeds than most people. That’s because I’ve turned them into forage. Read on for the benefits of one of my favorite forages – Canada thistle. In 2004, I developed a simple method for teaching cows and other  livestock to eat weeds. It takes just eight hours spread over seven […]

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How to Manage Cattle to Reduce Leafy Spurge, Spotted Knapweed and Canada Thistle

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  Grazing Management  /  Comments Off on How to Manage Cattle to Reduce Leafy Spurge, Spotted Knapweed and Canada Thistle

This is the second in the series on managing grazing to get the forage you want.

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Canada Thistle is Alfalfa’s Equal

By   /  March 19, 2013  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

This plant compares to alfalfa in nutritional value. Here are some ways to use that nutrition to manage this plant in your pastures.

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I’ve Got This Weed In My Pasture. What Does It Tell Me About My Soil?

By   /  June 7, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Can weeds tell you about soil health issues? Well, yes and no. I’ve got a lot of experience with weeds since I’ve spent the last 17 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does well […]

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Helping Animals Get the Most From Your Pastures

By   /  November 30, 2020  /  Livestock  /  1 Comment

In general, the more livestock eat, the more weight they gain or milk they produce. Thus, forage intake is key to animal performance. Agronomists manage for plant density and height to ensure livestock maximize intake. While plant structure is important, intake is not dictated by structure alone. Forage quality, current nutritional state, and experience also […]

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