August 24, 2011

Roundup Weed Killer and Sheep Fodder

I had no idea.
In Australia when a forage crop is close to maturity, producers apply a dilute application of Roundup to "freeze" the crop to retain protein quality.  They then turn the sheep in to graze.  Once the crop is harvested, the animals are moved to a different pasture, and the crop grows back.  Gary says the Roundup makes the plants "sick," but does not kill them.
–Tracie Roeder, "Where is Boddington, Western Australia?" Targhee Talk: The Newsletter of the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association, Vol 11 No. 3, July, 2011, p. 5

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