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Will Eating Dirt Make Us Smarter?

By   /  June 29, 2020  /  Consider This  /  No Comments

Back in 2014, there was a lot of buzz about how a bacteria found in soil may help reduce depression. But that’s not the only thing dirt might be good for. Additional research shows that same bacteria might even make us smarter. Let’s start with depression. ¬†Based on results in lung cancer patients, who said […]

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Field Bindweed – A Nutritious, Overlooked Forage

By   /  June 15, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

It’s high in protein – capable of adding 2.2 pounds of gain per day – and spreads 10 to 18 feet a season, AND cows love it. You should too!

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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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