Report R024 ****
Ragwort in permanent pasture
Density : Bad area 30 plants to 25 sq. metres (about 1/3rd of field). Over the whole site, density was between 5 and 10 plants per 25 sq metres.
Action taken: 1 experienced & 2 inexperienced young people pulled & piled the weeds for two days. A 2nd experienced (fourth) worker joined them on the last day.
Assessment: this was typical, last minute, ragwort pulling. Much better to deal with this problem early on (May & June). The L-Dog enables rosette stage growth to be lifted without any bending. Shorter handled L-D tools were used, even though the plants were tall enough to grab.
Recommendation: if winter grazing is minimised and the field not used as a winter feeding ground, next years problem will be much smaller. Keep the sheep confined to small area in winter or whenever the ground becomes wet. The client was happy with L-D work, but expressed worry about the management recommendations, because they would reduce his income from the grazier.