Ragwort also know as Senecio jacobaea is a poisons weed and is particularly harmful to horses and cattle.
Ingestion of ragwort can cause serious liver damage and even in certain cases death of the animal. The reason for this is it contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids compounds that are poisonous to most animals particularly cattle, horses, ponies and donkeys. Ragwort needs to be controlled to prevent damage to animals, however where there is not risk to livestock ragwort is used to contribute to the flora of the countryside. Responsibility for control rests with the occupier of the land on which ragwort is growing.
- Rosettes in pasture and on bare ground
- In the summer time it blooms with yellow daisy like flowers
Road Safety Contracts use a variety of methods to remove Ragwort including Knapsack spraying and stem injection. All Ragwort removal operations are carried out by experienced, skilled operators who hold a certificate of competence recognised by the DARD (NI).