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Why control weeds in grassland? - Nufarm UK

Seven reasons to control grassland weeds



Newly sown grass leys are particularly susceptible to weed competition especially when clover is part of the mix

Permanent grassland will succumb to patches of Docks, Nettles, Thistles and other weeds reducing grazing area and yield of silage or hay

Weed infestation will reduce palatability which results in selective grazing and accelerates sward degeneration

Long term leys will degenerate as weed grasses take over

Weeds poisonous to livestock such as Ragwort represent a major threat to livestock

Several weeds are covered by legislation and enforcement orders can be issued for their control

Most weeds can produce thousands of seeds which can germinate and cause problems over many years


The injurious weed act 1959


The weeds listed below can spread very quickly and threaten farmland. Enforcement notices can be issued which compel a land owner to take action to control them
Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Curled dock (Rumex crispus)
Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius)
Common ragwort (Senecio jacobea)


Common weeds known to be poisonous to livestock



The weeds listed below can cause harm to livestock. If these weeds are sprayed it is vital to allow them to die and decay before re-introducing livestock. These weeds remain toxic when made into hay or silage

Ragwort
Hemlock
Foxglove

Field horsetail
Bracken
Buttercups