Once you buy enough land to support a survival farm and choose the kinds of animals that will live on it, you will still have a long way to go before creating a viable and sustainable farm. Unfortunately, many people that create survival farms fail to realize that toxic plants can easily wipe out all animals on the farm, or make milk and other products inedible.
In order to prevent this from happening, you should be aware of plants that are poisonous or harmful to animals you plan on keeping as well as make sure you understand how they get introduced into your grazing areas.
Common Ways Toxic Plants Get Introduced to Securing Grazing Land from Toxic Plants
Surprisingly enough, some of the most toxic plants to livestock come straight from the nursery. This includes herbs, flowers, fruits, and even vegetables that you may decide to grow for food, medicine, or landscaping purposes.
If you visit the local plant nursery, you are sure to be surprised to find many plants and seeds are available for vegetation that does not naturally grow in your area. Some natural perennials may grow as annuals or biennials in your area.
In other situations, the plants you buy may actually turn into an invasive species.
No matter how long these plants grow in your area, they will still be poisonous to livestock. See below the list of the most common 50 plants to avoid when feeding your farm animals, in order to keep them healthy and safe.
Securing Grazing Land from Toxic Plants
If you are determined to grow these plants, then be sure they will be located in an area where livestock cannot get to them.
In addition, some plants have pollen that can contaminate water and other resources. This exposure can be fatal to sensitive animals without you even realizing where the problem came from.
Therefore, you may want to isolate these plants in a greenhouse or take other measures to prevent these plants from coming into contact with livestock.
Keeping Grazing Areas Free of Toxic Plants
Aside from avoiding plants that may harm livestock, there are many native plants or weeds that will need to be removed from grazing areas. You can use a combination of four methods to eliminate toxic plants from pastures:
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