Utilizing screenings for feed can be an inexpensive, yet effective supplement for feeding livestock. However, screenings may come with some risk if they include seeds of weeds that are invasive or difficult to control.

“When a farmer or rancher takes possession of screenings, they are responsible to control any noxious weed infestations originating from those screenings,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “If you feed screenings, it is important to monitor places where the cattle are fed, where they may have foraged and where manure was applied.”

North Dakota law requires landowners to do all things necessary and proper to control the spread of noxious weeds in the state. They have many ways of spreading. To aid in the control of noxious weeds, farmers and ranchers should work with local weed officers and extension agents to identify and report noxious weeds. Early detection is key to a rapid response.

More information on noxious and invasive weeds is available at nd.gov/ndda/plant-industries/noxious-weeds or by contacting the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-2250.

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