Project Timeline: January 2015 – December 2018
- Work with local producers to develop integrated pest management strategies including livestock.
- Adopt training protocols to successfully train livestock graze Canada thistle on pastureland.
- Conduct an economic analysis of using livestock as weed managers, including a cost/benefit analysis comparing the cost to train livestock versus the benefits achieved.
- Determine how Canada thistle responds to grazing pressure in a conventional and intensive management system (i.e. frequency of grazing, timing of grazing).
- Share information on the study findings with producers though factsheets, video compilations, newsletter articles and websites.
- Set up demos with 6 key cooperators to teach their livestock (cattle, sheep, goats) to graze weeds & to accomplish integrated weed managment goals.
- Monitored weed & forage response to grazing.
- Included integrated pest management sites with grazing of new invaders on range (buckbrush, rosebush), grazing invasive plants on community pastures (Canada thistle, Bull thistle), seeding of grazed areas (riparian grazing).
- Monitored pastures (photos, desirable, undesirable forages, plant height, weed growth stage, weed counts & infestation size) before and after grazing to document grazing impacts.
- Hosted updates for smaller groups at stations during workshops, tours & other events over 3 years.
- Compiled 5 articles in Forage First newsletter (circulation 220) & Beef in BC (circulation 1400)
- Compiled 2 factsheets to date (see right documents and Factsheets section).
- Jodi Kendrew
Pouce Coupe, BC, Canada
- Kari Bondaroff
Arras, BC, Canada
- Tess Davidson
Cecil Lake, BC, Canada
- Charlie Lasser
Chetwynd, BC, Canada
- Sarah Davies
Lone Prairie, BC, Canada
- Pat Sutherland
Groundbirch, BC, Canada
- Julie Robinson
250 262 7576
- Kari Bondaroff
PRRD Invasive Plants
250 784 3227
- Lori Vickers
250 787 3241
- Sandra Burton
250 789 6885
- Ron Buchanan
250 827 3555