Weed control

From prickle patch to parkland – Team McCauley & Ernie blitz the Scotch thistles

From prickle patch to parkland – Team McCauley & Ernie blitz the Scotch thistles

For weeks I’ve been worrying about a steadily worsening Scotch thistle problem on the farm. The cows can’t eat their nasty, needle-sharp, spine-covered leaves and the thistles quickly take over the paddocks if allowed to go to seed. Recent hand surgery has prevented me from wielding implements of thistle warfare (like long-handled secateurs, ¬†mattocks, shovels … Continue reading

Dangerous daisies

Dangerous daisies

Normally I take great delight in seeing a field of flowers. But if the flowers in question are little yellow daisies and they’re growing in our pastures, then I can’t pull them out fast enough! These yellow daisies are Fireweed, a poisonous, highly invasive weed from south-eastern Africa¬†that spreads like wildfire across coastal pastures. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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