Ragwort Removal
Ragwort Removal
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Eradication of Ragwort

The major threat posed by ragwort is to seasonal pasture production and profit. It is an aggressive invader that soon becomes dominant cover, and is also toxic to stock, especially cattle and horses. The plant contains several poisonous alkaloids and prolonged grazing leads to chronic liver damage.

Many different control methods exist, but no single method can give permanent control of ragwort. A combination of dedicated pasture management, biological control and ragwort removal is needed to maintain clean pasture.

PDFDownload the comprehensive Guide to Stopping the of Ragwort produced by Defra

The video below explains the dangers of Ragwort

How We Can Help

Pulling up and digging out is only practical with small numbers of plants. Larger infestations are dealt with by herbicidal spraying with one of a number of herbicides.

Herbicides probably give the best short term results, but can kill clovers which are vital for pasture production. Some also check or kill grasses. We weed wipe in summer, only, using 300 millilitres of glysophate plus 2 millilitres of penetrant to 1 litre of water.

We spray rosette plants from winter to spring, before the stems have formed, using 2,4-D ethylhexyl ester 2 -4 litres in 100 – 200 litres of water per hectare. For mature plants, spray until flowering using 100 millilitres of glysophate per 10 litres of water.

The method chosen depends on the sensitivity of the surrounding environment. Needless to say, treated areas need to be closed down for grazing for at least 4 weeks. Please note that we are qualified in the lawful application of herbicides and carry a license to remove hazardous waste - a legal requirement for removing invasive species in a bio secure manner.

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