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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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Finding Credence in a Clearcut Revival – Converting a Dying Forest Into Grazing Land

By   /  March 2, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

In addition to being an article about forest conversion, this is also an example of looking at the resources we manage, paying attention to a site’s potential, and considering what is best for our operations. We hope it inspires you to look around with new eyes.

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Here’s a Great Resource for Learning More About Your Plants

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Here’s a Great Resource for Learning More About Your Plants

Are you considering planting a new kind of forage in your pasture? Do you have trees or bushes that you’re trying to manage and you need to know more about them to be successful? Would you like to know what plants grow in your state? Well, here’s the website you need to answer all those […]

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Canopeo – An App to Help You Measure Your Pasture Cover

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Canopeo – An App to Help You Measure Your Pasture Cover

In his article this week, Troy Bishopp describes an app that Victor Shelton used to look at cover on Troy’s pastures. With just a few photos, Troy learned the 80% cover that he thought he was leaving was actually more like 60-70%. Troy found the tool useful because it helped him better calibrate his grazier’s […]

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I’ve Got This Weed Growing in My Pasture. What Does It Say About My Soil?

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  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 15 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions in and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does […]

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