Horse Owners Warned that Ragwort in UK "Worse than Ever"

British horse owners have been cautioned that this year's ragwort growth is "worse than ever" as a result of the wet weather over the past few months, according to a news release from

The release indicated that the National Farmers Union received increased ragwort reports as of late; ragwort is a poisonous weed for both horses and cattle which results resulting in liver damage and, sometimes, death.

"Under the Weeds Act 1959, amended by the Ragwort Control Act 2003, if ragwort is flowering or seeding within 50 meters (roughly 164 feet) of land used for grazing by horses and other animals or for feed or forage production, an order can be made to have it removed," the release read.

The release relays that the British Horse Society (BHS) received "record responses" to its annual ragwort survey this year, and indicated that the responses will be forwarded to the appropriate individuals in an attempt to increase the effort to protect horses and other animals from consuming the potentially plant.

"We believe that ragwort problems are getting worse and the current legislation is ineffective," Lee Hackett, of the BHS, said in the release.

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