Control weeds now for better pastures this summer, says UArkansas
Not many livestock owners are thinking about weeds in their pastures around this time, but according to Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, now is the time. “Weed control can be an effective way to increase production by improving forage availability,” says Dr. Fernandez. Weeds can be toxic and indigestible to livestock and can make them sick. The weeds can also outgrow the pasture grasses that are healthy for the livestock, which can decrease feed for them. Some of the weeds can contain thorns, which can lead to injuries in the livestock. Some ways to control these weeds are through grazing and mowing.