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Training Your Livestock to Eat Weeds -aired 6/24/13 UVM Extension Across the Fence

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Published on Jun 27, 2013

On this episode of Across the Fence, it's lunch time for these grazing animals and there's something new on the menu -- they're being trained to the weeds. We will hear from an animal behaviorist about a technique that turns animals into weed managers.

Weeds are generally viewed as a problem. Homeowners, gardeners, and farmers all spend time and money trying to control weeds. Well, it turns out that you can save that time and money by teaching your livestock to eat the weeds.

Teaching livestock to help reclaim pasture and control invasive weed species is one project of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program. Our goal is to promote and enhance sustainable grass-based livestock farming through improvements in soil, water and forage quality, and profitability. We seek to provide this by working with farmers and other partners to provide research, information (including our Pasture Calendar), educational opportunities (including grazing workshops and the Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference), and technical support.

For more information, visit http://www.uvm.edu/sustainableagricul... or contact Jennifer Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator, at (802) 656-0858 or via email.

Across the Fence is the longest-running locally-produced program in the US. We have been on-air on WCAX-TV since 1955! Across the Fence is produced by the University of Vermont Extension. Visit http://www.uvm.edu/extension/atfence

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