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macabhaird

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I have a neighbor whose property is adjacent to mine, who is obsessed with killing anything that grows on his property, INCLUDING 10' of my pasture on my side of the fence. He claims this is for fire prevention, as well as keeping it clear for rattlesnakes which come into his back yard from my property. Altogether, we're talking about around 600' of fence line that borders his property.

They have such an obsession about their weed killer (their entire 3 acres is like the scorched earth) that I know it will not be a pleasant confrontation if I talk to him about leaving it alone. I am thinking if I knew something about how it might affect my steers, I could approach it with some knowledge.

Any thoughts on how this might affect my steers?
 

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Often livestock can't be on a piece of pasture for a week or so after the area's been sprayed otherwise they'd get sick.

I think your neighbor's completely out of his mind as well... :?
 

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This sounds like a case for your state department of agriculture (or which ever agency regulates pesticides in your state). You would be held liable if you sprayed and it drifted on his property.

Some herbicdes have no grazing restrictions and others have a time period before animals can be grazed.
 

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BC":2itcwo9z said:
This sounds like a case for your state department of agriculture (or which ever agency regulates pesticides in your state). You would be held liable if you sprayed and it drifted on his property.

Some herbicdes have no grazing restrictions and others have a time period before animals can be grazed.

you mean he'd be liable if it drifted onto my property. perhaps I will call the dept of agriculture. in the mean time, I will call my neighbor and kindly ask him to cease his scorched earth policy on my property.

thanks all for your input. Yes, I too think the guy is nuts to be so obsessed. I will see if I can dig up an areiel photo of my property and his. I have lush sweet grass growing on my 13 acres, and his 3 acres looks like the back side of the moon. I gave up a long time ago trying to figure some people out.
 

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I meant that if you had done that to his place you would be liable. He is definitely in the wrong on this.

As to the chart - no means no grazing of green forage. I looked up the label of several of the herbicides that had no just to be sure.
 

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macabhaird":yk53nego said:
dun":yk53nego said:
http://www.cdms.net/LabelsMsds/LMDefault.aspx
Depending on the type of hebicide used there are varying restrictions
http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/disaster/drought ... tions.html
http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CL/CL-8.pdf

thanks for links...

I am looking at this one,

http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CL/CL-8.pdf

and am wondering what the 'no' means... no, as in don't graze, or no as in no restriction?

Like BC said, no as in absolutely no access to the pasture by the animals. If they do have access to the sprayed pasture (in other words right after the area has been sprayed) you could have some very sick animals on your hands. :(

Not only that, but a 10' wide 600' strip of pasture is a waste to spray with weed killer.

IMHO, I think that dead weed-killed grass is a higher fire hazard than non-killed grass. Maybe you should educate your neighbor about that...
 

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IluvABbeef":3ccb9wi1 said:
macabhaird":3ccb9wi1 said:
dun":3ccb9wi1 said:
http://www.cdms.net/LabelsMsds/LMDefault.aspx
Depending on the type of hebicide used there are varying restrictions
http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/disaster/drought ... tions.html
http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CL/CL-8.pdf

thanks for links...

I am looking at this one,

http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CL/CL-8.pdf

and am wondering what the 'no' means... no, as in don't graze, or no as in no restriction?

Like BC said, no as in absolutely no access to the pasture by the animals. If they do have access to the sprayed pasture (in other words right after the area has been sprayed) you could have some very sick animals on your hands. :(

Not only that, but a 10' wide 600' strip of pasture is a waste to spray with weed killer.

IMHO, I think that dead weed-killed grass is a higher fire hazard than non-killed grass. Maybe you should educate your neighbor about that...

well, when I mean scorched earth, I mean bare as the moon too. Pitiful! Why would someone want to move out to the country and kill all the folage around them? They have one small patch of grass in their back yard that he mows.

I did talk to him today and he agreed to not spray anymore. I told him I would gladly weed whack the area near his fence for critter control if he wants; also, I told him it's better if grass grows in order to keep the ground from eroding.
 

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The neighbor don't sound right to me. Good luck trying to get 'im to see ya point.
 

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macabhaird":1kq6mdlu said:
well, when I mean scorched earth, I mean bare as the moon too. Pitiful! Why would someone want to move out to the country and kill all the folage around them?

I know! Because he ain't right in the head! :nod:

They have one small patch of grass in their back yard that he mows.

I did talk to him today and he agreed to not spray anymore. I told him I would gladly weed whack the area near his fence for critter control if he wants; also, I told him it's better if grass grows in order to keep the ground from eroding.

Lets hope he keeps his agreement. I'd hate for you to come on again about problems with you cattle being poisoned by herbicide. :(

Good luck with everything.
 

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