R&D Project:

Integrated Approach to Productive Forage Land Using Livestock


Status: Completed

Project Timeline: January 2015 – December 2018


  1. Work with local producers to develop integrated pest management strategies including livestock.
  2. Adopt training protocols to successfully train livestock graze Canada thistle on pastureland.
  3. 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.
  4. Determine how Canada thistle responds to grazing pressure in a conventional and intensive management system (i.e. frequency of grazing, timing of grazing).
  5. 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).

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Project Cooperators

  • 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

Project Contacts

  • Julie Robinson
    Lead Contractor
  • Kari Bondaroff
    PRRD Invasive Plants
  • Lori Vickers
    BC Agri
  • Sandra Burton
    First Resource
  • Ron Buchanan
    Lead Director

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