Farmer discovers weed removal remedy

Jerry Plett of Lincolnville has discovered that his cows love the weeds growing in his empty cattle lots. He opens the gates, and in they go. He said they spend a lot of time in those lots even though they have access to grass.

Kathy Voth, owner of Landscapes for Livestock, said toxins usually aren’t a problem because animals use their internal feedback mechanism to decide how much of a food to eat. If cattle taste a bad weed, they won’t eat more of it.

According to the U.S. Extension Service, weeds are more nutritious than grass in mid-summer. They are equivalent to or better than alfalfa. The more nutritious a plant is, the more likely it is that animals will continue eating it once they have tried it. However, it is important to provide the animals with a mixture of plants.

 

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