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Potato plants and Cows
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2ndcrk    Posted 04-02-2003 at 18:47:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've heard about planting potatoes in a bale of
hay and so I thought about planting some in the
pile of hay/manure leftover from feeding the cows
all winter. Does anyone know if the cows would
be interested in eating the plants or if it would
hurt them if they did?


oliver    Posted 07-11-2003 at 01:08:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Very good information at this url on growing potatoes at

RayP(MI)    Posted 04-03-2003 at 03:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years ago, when there was a surplus of potatoes, the government came in and bought up stocks from farmers, then splashed them with blue die, rendering them unsalable. My dad fed them to the cows, and they ate them readily. Only problem was that the cows would grab them in their mouths, and then whip their heads upward, throwing the potatoes out of the manger. Apparently they were trying to get a better "bite" on them. Dad hung a piece of water pipe over the manger so when the cows brought their heads up fast, BONGGGG! Problem solved.

Lazy Al    Posted 04-03-2003 at 07:19:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
some of those spuds got sold to the Gov. several
times before they got the blue dye too.
some never got the blue dye and were sold on the market . New a couple guys that seem to make alot of money raising potatoes . Odd huh?

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 04-03-2003 at 02:43:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd be careful about planting them in manure that hasn't been aged long enough for all of the urine to be leached out. Some time back, some fellows here planted a big field of Irish potatoes in ground that had been heavily fertilized with manure from horse barns. The potatoes grew and produced great but when harvested had the distinct flavor of horse urine. Had to throw the whole harvest away.

Burrhead    Posted 04-02-2003 at 19:00:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Them cows love tater vines. They will eat taters too but probly would'nt take them out of manure

Promise Land Ranch    Posted 04-03-2003 at 06:06:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
NEVER PUT COWS OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL WHERE THEY CAN EAT THE VINES OF POTATOES, TOMATOES, EGGPLANT, OR NIGHTSHADE!!!! ALL of these plants are deadly toxic!!You can feed the fruit to cows but be sure it is cut up small otherwise cows are likely to choke on them. I would suggest keeping to good green hay for cows.

Shelby Hendershot

GusandEdie    Posted 04-03-2003 at 06:18:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never seen any of our cows suffer from eating tater vines...Must not be that toxic.......

Burrhead    Posted 04-03-2003 at 17:47:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ma's old jersey loves tater vines and she's smart enuff to chew her food I guess she aint never choked to death yet.

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