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tommytink

  • Joined Aug 2018
Creeping buttercup
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:15:17 pm »
I have noticed a couple of my fields have creeping buttercup. One is next to a stream and can get quite boggy when we’ve had a good downpour. The other is higher up on a slope (so not as susceptible to bogginess as it “should” drain down).
How much of a problem is this to grazing animals (mainly sheep)? I don’t want to use chemicals to get rid of it, especially in the boggier field as assume it’ll probably come back...
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Carse Goodlifers

  • Joined Oct 2013
  • Perthshire
Re: Creeping buttercup
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 06:32:31 pm »
I don't think it should do the sheep any harm.  Whether or not they will eat it is another matter.
C.Buttercup can spread quickly though.
Drainage improvement and increasing pH level would help slow it down.

bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Creeping buttercup
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 06:51:27 am »
I've not had any buttercup in my sheep fields for years, I think they pick at it when its small and it just doesn't develop, same with ragwort and dock. I have one horse field that's not well enough fenced for sheep and the difference is huge. Loads of dock, buttercup and I have to check for the occasional ragwort!


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Re: Creeping buttercup
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 07:50:43 am »
No problem grazing sheep on buttercups …. they will tend to ignore them.  pH is usually the key to reducing buttercups.

A more modern (or is it back to the future?) approach is to encourage wild flower growth and a biodiverse pasture by not sheep grazing pasture tightly between April and July ….. (sheep will eat all flower heads before grass if grazing and thus flowers don't seed for next year.    That said, they don't tend to eat buttercups.).

A biodiverse pasture is more drought and flood resistant and can contain  medicinal plants which reduce worm burden and increase immunity to disease. 



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Scarlet.Dragon

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  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Creeping buttercup
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2019, 09:01:13 am »
Buttercups, like ragwort, are toxic to most animals which is why the animals avoid them and they proliferate in fields. 

It's safe enough to graze animals in the fields providing they have enough other stuff to eat.  If they don't and are forced to eat buttercups, you'll see the liver damage coming through in the red stained urine coming out of the animals. 

Interestingly buttercups aren't toxic in hay, though I'm not sure if that's because the toxin loses potency in drying or just because they're an inconsequential volume of the final bale. 

As others have said, improved drainage and application of lime are both routinely used to remove buttercups (along with spraying for those using non-organic methods).
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