Friday, November 13, 2015
Weeds Have Taken Over the Barnyard
Breeding season has been delayed a little this year. We should have been more on top of things, but sometimes life happens and you get behind.
A group of ewes were suppose to go to the barnyard area with one of the rams, but plans changed after we took a look around in there and found quite a bit of Burdock, Thistle, and Nightshade. We have some Burdock and Thistle in the pasture, and the sheep occasionally come in contact with it, but the barnyard is a more enclosed area, and I knew that we would see some ruined fleeces. Nightshade is toxic to sheep, so that needed pulled, I didn't want to take any chances that the sheep may eat some.
It is such a challenge to keep weeds, under control. I have heard that Burdock, has some value, but not when it comes to wool. I would love if we could rid the farm of all of these invasive weeds. We mowed the pastures several times this year, as part of our weed management. . The barnyard is too stony to mow, and always seems to be a haven for unwanted weeds. After several hours, I think we were able to get them all. As we continue to work on improving the pastures, I hope to see less of these plants.
Are you winning the battle against weeds?