Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) tends to be found on poor quality pastures which are fairly open in nature as a consequence of poaching, poor quality soils and over or under grazing.
Ragwort is normally a biennial plant. A rosette in its first year that in its second year sends up one or more leafy unbranched stems that usually extend to 30-90cm high.
Flowering usually from June until late October, the seeds are borne singly and have a downy appendage making them readily dispersible.
Ragwort can also behave as a perennial, flowering every year, after damage to the crown from cutting, poaching or damage by machinery or incomplete/ineffective hand pulling in dry weather.
Under The Noxious Weed Act of 1959, an occupier may be served with a notice requiring the destruction of the noxious weeds. Failure to comply can result in prosecution or a penalty can be imposed on your single farm payment under the cross-compliance conditions.
Ragwort poses a serious threat to livestock health. Left unchecked, it can quickly spread and reduce available grazing.
Forefront T will give the best possible levels of long-term control of ragwort in grassland. It must only be used on grazing ground grazed by cattle or sheep. Manure restrictions apply. Seek advice before use.