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  1. #1
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    Default Best plants for cows and bees

    I have an opportunity to do something I've never done before. I've been asked to keep bees on a few thousand acres of irrigated pastureland. Unfortunately, there's not a lot growing on it besides grass. But the farmer said I could sow anything I want as long as cows could eat it. It's not farmed only grazed and it would likely bloom for quite a while. I'm thinking Alfalfa, yellow and white clover, Tanacetifolia (although I'm not sure cows will eat this). Anything else anyone would suggest that's done something like this? Looking for something that provides good nutrition plus nice honey. Thanx!
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Best plants for cows and bees

    Dutch clover , also known as strawberry clover
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

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    Default Re: Best plants for cows and bees

    legumes will cause bloat in the cattle, not sure if your land owners would be fancy to alfalfa,
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: Best plants for cows and bees

    Sanfoin is a bloat free legume that the bees love and I think will bloom the first year. Good ole yellow and white sweet clover is a biennial but it reseeds and the grazed off plant will rebloom rapidly from the base and should definatelybe part of your plan. The yellow blooms first and the white is a little later.

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    Default Re: Best plants for cows and bees

    I seem to remember sweet clover causes bleeding in cows if eaten in quantity. Not sure if its yellow or white but the drug coumadin (blood thinner) was developed from it. You should research it a little before planting

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    Default Re: Best plants for cows and bees

    we are only concerned with that if the clover had been put up as hay, moldy
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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