The noxious weed known as Ageratum houstonianum, or blue billygoat weed, has completely taken over paddocks, causing illness in horses and forcing the closure of Riding for the Disabled until the weed at Manning Great Lakes Centre is controlled.

“We’ve got six paddocks and this horror purple weed has infested the whole lot,” Manning Great Lakes RDA administrator Sue Harding-White said.

“After the fires went through they made our grounds sour, and then all the rain. It’s the perfect breeding ground for the weed to take over.”

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