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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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Why Do We Believe Cows Prefer Grass?

By   /  September 14, 2020  /  The Scoop  /  1 Comment

If you’ve read On Pasture for very long, you know that before I created On Pasture, I was best known for creating a method for teaching cows (or any other ruminant) to eat weeds. Starting in 2004, I developed steps that anyone could use, testing them and then refining, until the process only took 8 […]

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Cows Can Eat Multiflora Rose

By   /  August 3, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

If you’re one of the folks who hate multiflora rose, you’re not alone. It’s been declared a noxious weed in almost all of the states where it’s found. Yet, it has many fine qualities. It makes a good rootstock for developing ornamental varieties of roses. That’s why it was originally imported from Japan. It’s also […]

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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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