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Bonus Content for Paid Subscribers – Training Recipe for Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds

By   /  March 23, 2020  /  Bonus Content  /  Comments Off on Bonus Content for Paid Subscribers – Training Recipe for Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds

Thanks for being an On Pasture Subscriber! Enjoy this bonus content. Since I first started training cows to eat weeds in 2004, I’ve worked to make it as easy as possible for anyone to train their livestock to eat weeds. With this “Training Recipe” you’ve got all the materials and steps laid out for you […]

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How to Teach Cows to Eat Weeds in Just 8 Hours Over 7 Days

By   /  March 23, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

This works for any animal – so whatever you’re raising, check it out! In 2004, I taught a small group of heifers to eat Canada thistle, leafy spurge and spotted knapweed. I was inspired by two decades of research on how animals choose what to eat, and by ranchers’ (perfectly reasonable) refusal to incorporate goats […]

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Bonus Content for Paid Subscribers – Weeds Cows Can Eat

By   /  March 16, 2020  /  Bonus Content  /  2 Comments

Thanks for being an On Pasture Subscriber! Enjoy this bonus content. Since I first started training cows to eat weeds in 2004, I’ve been gathering information about what is safe to graze, and what is not. This list of weeds is what I’ve put together over the years. I’ve also included the basics of the […]

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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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