The Montana Farmer’s Union used my training method this past summer to help three different ranchers teach cattle to eat Canada Thistle. Chris Christiaens of MFU says, “It is working!” According to an article in the Prairie Star, Christiaens says that the cattle kept the plant grazed to about 5 inches through the summer.
Like all educated cows, the trainees in this program went on to add other weeds to their diet. In this case they started grazing musk thistle and bull thistle. According to the Prairie Star article, eveyone involved was amazed at how quickly the cattle adapted to their diets, and they are looking forward to watching the trained cows teach their calves. (more…)