Rancher asks county to help control burdock


An area rancher has asked the county to step up its eradication efforts for a plant that's harmful to cattle.

Conrad Nystrom told the Hill County Park Board last week that he would like the county to become more proactive in controlling burdock, a plant that produces small burs that easily attach themselves to livestock.

Burdock is a biennial plant that produces burs during its second year of life. It is prevalent south of Havre, especially in Beaver Creek Park.

"It's an aggravation," Nystrom said during the meeting. "It gets in the animals' eyes and urinary tracts. It's a nuisance and I'd...

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