Redwater, ticks and old grass [Ireland]

Elfpermacl at Elfpermacl at
Fri Oct 2 12:56:47 EDT 1998

In a message dated 10/2/98 8:54:11 AM, sustag at wrote:

<<Dear all,
at a recent farm visit a cattle farmer pointed out that his obligation to
off watercourses as part of an agri-environmental scheme presented him with a
new problem. He claimed that the rank, old grass behind the fence would lead
increased numbers of ticks which in turn increases the risk of Redwater
(Clostridium novyi Type D infection) occuring in his herd.

Does anyone on these lists have any evidence (incidental/scientific) for an
increase in tick populations in rank, old grass or any general
information/recommendations on how to avoid Redwater infection?

Many thanks in advance.

Hi Ute:

Guinea fowl eat ticks.  The permaculture solution is to see the ticks as part
of an additional yield and stock the fowl, which will also reduce insect pests
on the cattle.

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