kochia, livestock, south dakota
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Kochia scoparia has been put up as hay for many years as an alternate feed for South Dakota livestock. Frequently, it is mixed with other hay or silage during winter feeding periods. The quality of kochia forage is extremely variable, however, and in certain situations kochia causes livestock poisoning. Many unknowns exist, so use caution when feeding this plant to livestock.
Thomson, John U.; Twidwell, Edward K.; and Neiger, Regg D., "Feeding Kochia to South Dakota Livestock - Kochia Scopana —Fireweed, burning bush, summer cypress, Mexican fireweed, tumbleweed, and Dakota alfalfa" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 378.