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Have You Discovered the Benefits of Canada Thistle?

By   /  April 5, 2021  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

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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Start Your 2021 Grazing Season With 43% More Forage

By   /  December 21, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Start Your 2021 Grazing Season With 43% More Forage

I’ve been teaching cows to eat weeds since 2004. Over the years since I first developed the training method, I’ve trained over 1,000 cattle, some flocks of sheep and goats, and even some of Ted Turner’s bison. The method is simple, takes just 8 hours spread over 10 days, and anyone can do it. Weed-eating […]

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Cheating Cheatgrass

By   /  September 28, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Cheating Cheatgrass

I got an email not long ago from a researcher who wondered if I could help her find a place to purchase cheatgrass seed. I wasn’t aware of anyone selling the seed, but I did want to help, so I wrote back, “My suggestion is a little odd, but I think it would work. I […]

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Updates on Projects to Manage Weeds and Turn a Dying Timber Stand Into Pasture

By   /  June 22, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

  I am often reminded of my old professor Dr. Breakey, especially lately as I review the results of two recent “field experiments.” Project 1: What in Tar(weed)Nation? Managing a New Weed Last spring I wrote about a massive invasion of Tarweed that had dominated a large chunk of the ranch. Those nasty plants interfered […]

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Managing Grazing to Target Cheatgrass and Other Weeds

By   /  April 6, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning, Weeds  /  4 Comments

Thanks for this article go to Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension Educator, and Mitch Stephenson, UNL Range Management Specialist. They give us an excellent example of what to consider when managing grazing to target cheatgrass. We’ve added some notes on how you can adapt this to other grasses and weeds. Enjoy! While Mother Nature has been […]

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