It’s Ragwort awareness week! Every year animals die painful and unnecessary deaths as a result of damage to their liver from consuming ragwort. The danger that the plant poses is widely known, yet levels in the UK still continue to rise.
The BHS 2010 survey in Ragwort Awareness Week produced some very interesting results – more than 75% of cases reported involved land that animals were grazing on or near. A total of 13,189 horses were identified as grazing on ragwort infested pasture which is shocking!
Please help the BHS with their 2011 survey by taking a few minutes to complete the survey during Ragwort Awareness Week from 11-17 July. The survey form is available on their website – www.bhs.org.uk and they also have a useful guide with everything you need to know about ragwort: https://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Campaigns/Ragwort/All_You_Need_To_Know/Everything_you_need_to_know_about_Ragwort.aspx