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Training Cows to Eat Weeds – Even in Very Large Pastures

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  Livestock  /  3 Comments

It’s that time of year again when those special forbs start poking their heads up in your grassy pastures. That means it’s also the time of year when I remind you, “Those are not weeds. That is good forage!” And then I remind you that it only takes 8 hours spread over 7 days to […]

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Congress Says “Cows Eat Salted Weeds”

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  4 Comments

On Pasture reader Kirk Cunningham wanted to know if I had ever found studies on cows grazing teasel. I knew of nothing off the top of my head, so I spent quite some time searching the internet. The only thing I found was from the 1945 Congressional Record. Sandwiched between remarks on the results of […]

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Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds – A Farmer’s Perspective

By   /  January 18, 2016  /  Livestock  /  2 Comments

Editors’ Note: Don and Betty Ashford of Ethel, Louisiana shared their experience teaching cows to eat weeds as part of Kathy Voth’s presentation at December’s National Conference on Grazing Lands. For those of your who couldn’t be there, here’s a little bit more about how it worked for them. This project involved 12 grown cows, […]

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Is Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds a Beneficial Weed Control Technique?

By   /  May 27, 2013  /  Behavior, Livestock, Weeds  /  1 Comment

One of the common questions I get from folks who hear me talk about training livestock to eat weeds is whether or not it is a good way to control weeds.  For the answer, I’ll share what was in my head when I started trying to figure out the process for teaching animals to try […]

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Steers That Eat Rabbits

By   /  July 22, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  1 Comment

Here’s a little-known fact: On Pasture exists because of this picture:   If I’d never met Fred Provenza, and if he’d never invited me to audit his “Plant Herbivore Interaction” course at Utah State University, you would not be enjoying the 2,300 articles in On Pasture’s library. Yes, this is a steer eating a rabbit. […]

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