In 2004, Kathy Voth began developing a method to teach cows to eat weeds. Her first attempt was with a small herd at Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana. She taught them to eat Canada thistle, Leafy spurge and Spotted knapweed. Since then she’s trained over 1,000 cattle, some sheep, goats and a herd of Ted Turner’s bison to eat most of our most problematic weeds.
Here are links to On Pasture articles and to Kathy’s Youtube channel to give you the information you need to teach your cows to eat weeds. She’ll be updating these in coming months, and will be sharing bonus materials with paid subscribers to help them get started training their own livestock to eat weeds.
How to Teach Livestock to Eat Weeds
43% Better – The Economics of Getting Your Livestock to Eat Weeds
Cows Eat Leafy Spurge
Louisiana Cows Eat Horsenettle
Multiflora Rose Makes a Great Alternative Forage!
Whitetop/Hoary Cress – Whatever You Call It, Livestock Love it!
Overcoming Our Brush Prejudice
Adjusting Assumptions When Training Livestock to Eat Weeds
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