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UVM yesterday presented a discussion of training goats and cattle to eat weeds -- like nettle, burdock, etc.!

They started by mixing some desirable grains with the weeds and in a couple of weeks the animals were LOOKING for the weeds! They also apparently pass their desire to eat the weeds on to their progeny, too! And it does not harm the animals! A real boon to farmers!

Contact UVM for more info.

Vermonter
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I thought those critters liked eating weeds. Some park areas use them to keep the landscape under control to help reduce or prevent fires.
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UVM yesterday presented a discussion of training goats and cattle to eat weeds -- like nettle, burdock, etc.!

Maybe someone could train the deer to eat the weeds instead of my peas, tomato & pepper plants.
;-(

C.J.V. - or the coyotes to eat only the deer instead of the local cats & small dogs, them
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Here in the PNW there are companies who "rent out their goats" to deal with the non-native plants that have seemingly taken over hillsides and properties.

O-:| We even have a commercial about it... "Goat Renter Guy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9jxa7T6WGQ
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I think cows that are pastured on a regular basis eat weeds without a second thought. I can remember one year when I was young my mother bought some butter from the store that just reeked of wild onions/garlic. We ended up taking it back to the store. Also, I remember reading somewhere nettles are actually good for cattle. They don't have the stinging effect that nettles do with humans.

AC *I'm sure it makes for yummy meat*
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