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Teaching livestock to eat weeds Tell North Platte what you think

Sometimes the best way to get rid of pesky weeds is to fight back with what nature gave us; grazing livestock.

"Training Animals to Selectively Forage," on May 30 at the UNL West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte aims to teach livestock producers, land managers and other interested parties about how to control weeds with livestock grazing.

Kathy Voth of Livestock for Landscapes, LLC will speak at the event. Voth has more than 12 years of experience with teaching livestock to selectively graze on weeds.

"She has looked at different plant species and what animals might eat," said Steve Young, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension weed ecologist.

Young said that livestock can be a good weed management option.

"I think we are seeing that on a large scale, management options are sometimes limited," Young said. "For those people that already have livestock, training them to eat the plants that are undesirable is something that can be done at relatively minimal cost."

The workshop will start at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch will be catered by the WCREC.

There is no cost, but registration is required.

To register, contact Phyllis Carney at phyllis.carney@unl.edu or call her at 308-696-6740.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/28/2013
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