Why Control Docks (Rumex spp.) in Established Grassland?
Docks are unpalatable and, in general, animals will only eat them if there is nothing else available. Excessive quantities of docks in the diet can cause dietary upsets, especially in young animals. When fields become infested with docks, the available grazing is reduced, which then impacts on the planned grazing cycle. Presence of docks in silage can affect fermentation, thus reducing overall quality.
Docks = lower stocking rates and gross margins
= reduced grazing
= reduced quality
= lower performance (milk yield and live-weight gain)
Products to control docks