pasture recovery

Asked May 2, 2017, 10:36 AM EDT

greetings, curious to know if you could recommend a product or methodology to rid my pastures of this particular type of flowering weed without killing grass. (see images) the challenge is that the pastures are always in use. i have llamas and alpacas and do not have the luxury of being able to rotate them... so, i'm looking for a solution where these ruminant animals could stay on the pasture while treating. or, at least move them from one side of the field to the other while treating. thanks, dennis stearns s&s camelid company morehead, ky 320-223-1667

Rowan County Kentucky

1 Response

Hi It would be good to get it identified and we can help on that at your request but it appears to be a type of butterecup. Several herbicides labeled for control, although grazing restrictions may be different between products and lactating animals complicates things a bit more (see link below). Will likely also kill out other desired broadleaf plants like clovers. Other best practices for a longer term fix include appropriate stocking rates, rotational grazing, soil fertility, over seeding w/ desired species. All easier said than done though. Let's try to get it identified if you want and go from there