Where do I start?

A whole of district and whole of property approach to serrated tussock control is essential because of its ability to spread easily over long distances.

Careful planning should focus on your region, each property and each paddock on your property.

A community approach is the best way to achieve control.  Think about working with your Local Council, neighbours, Landcare, Catchment Management Authorities or other landscape management/farming group..

Set goals and develop strategies

It is essential you determine realistic, economical and practical goals for controling serrated tussock on your property and within your region.

In developing strategies make sure you consider your region, your whole property and each paddock.  Prevention and eradication need to be the ultimate goals but you may need to set some steps to get there.

Infestation

Strategy

Clean paddock Prevention - stop it entering or establishing.
Scattered plants or small areas Eradication - remove it.
Moderate - dense infestation Contain - prevent seed set, reduce vigour and extent, and improve the competitiveness of desirable pastures.
Dense with sources of re-infestation Manage - contain in defined areas until eradication is feasible, and minimise impact.

A useful template to help you develop and integrated control plan for serrated tussock on your property can be found here.

Remember to prioritize where you spend your time and budget.

Priority

Strategies

1 Prevention - keep clean properties and paddocks clean - zero tolerance of serrated tussock
2 Containment - prevent seeding in areas joining neighbouring properties.
3 Contain dense infestations and prevent seeding while eradicating small, isolated infestations.
4 Eradication from all farms and paddocks.

Source: 3D Weed Management.  Serrated Tussock, produced by Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation