Controlling serrated tussock in the North Central catchment
13 September 2019
One of Victoria's most invasive weeds, serrated tussock, has recently been detected in the Hepburn and City of Ballarat shires.
Serrated tussock is classified as a regionally prohibited weed within the North Central Catchment, meaning small infestations are considered to be able to be eradicated.
Agriculture Victoria will be undertaking two surveillance projects across approximately 20 private properties, and on public land and roadsides in targeted areas during September and October.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officer, Paige McDonald said the serrated tussock surveillance program is aimed at preventing the spread of serrated tussock across the region.
'Serrated tussock poses a significant threat to north Victoria's primary production industry, as it is highly invasive and unpalatable to stock," she said.
"Livestock are unable to digest the plant due to its high fibre and low protein content, resulting in a loss of condition and in extreme cases starvation.
"A mature plant can produce more than 100,000 seeds, which can be dispersed up to 20 kilometres by wind, and other movement, including in sheeps' wool, clothing, water, machinery and other vehicles, or as contaminants in hay and fodder.
"The involvement of all landholders in an integrated approach for serrated tussock control is the most effective way to achieve long term benefits.
"Individual properties within the program area will be contacted and provided with information to assist with serrated tussock identification and control."
Ms McDonald said landholders have a legal responsibility to manage declared noxious weeds on their property under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.
"Good farm hygiene practices are important in preventing the spread of serrated tussock into new areas," she said.
"Incorporating control of serrated tussock into your integrated pest management plan or farm management plan is vital to prevent economic and environmental impacts in your region."
For more information on serrated tussock and its management visit the Agriculture Victoria website or call the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.
Contact Name: Deb Banks
Contact Number: 0447 388 193
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity