Saving Money and Improving Landscapes: The Economics of Using Animal Behavior

This DVD/CD set discusses some economic aspects of understanding livestock behavior. The DVD contains four videos that show how producers can save both time and money by:  1) training their cows to eat most weeds (you can train 50 head in as little as 12 hours), 2) using molasses blocks in fall to improve livestock distribution and reduce the cost of feeding hay, 3) finishing bison and cattle at a low cost by offering them a choice of foods, and 4) using low-stress livestock handling to improve forage utilization, increase animal numbers and improve riparian health.  The companion CD contains fact sheets, discussion questions, examples, articles, spreadsheets and tables for each video to help you implement each method, understand their economic benefits and teach others about the benefits of understanding livestock behavior.

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Supporting Materials for Videos:

  1. What's on this CD? Read me first
  2. Benefits of Offering Food Choice
  3. Herding and Handling
  4. Cows Eat Weeds
  5. Extending the Grazing Season with Low-Moisture Molasses Blocks

Benefits of Offering Food Choice

Worksheets

Fact sheets

 


Herding and Handling

Fact sheets


 

Cows Eat Weeds

Fact sheets


Extending the Grazing Season with Molasses Blocks

Supplementing with Molasses Blocks Discussion Questions

Do I Need to Supplement?

Is my Forage Too Low in Nutrients?

Worksheets

Fact sheets