A story of success in progress in Mt Egerton
- Roger Macraild
- VSTWP Extension Officer
As an Extension Officer I have the privilege of meeting hundreds of landowners and witnessing many different approaches to land management. While there are some that need advice, encouragement or even stern persuasion, there are a few like Anthony Grodzki who are leading the way.
The productive pastures of the property help prevent germination of serrated tussock through competition.
The Grodzki’s 100-hectare home property is a great example of applying the right principles and best practice serrated tussock management:
- Pasture renovation has created good competitive cover to minimise weed invasion of any sort.
- Stock management has maintained the ground cover throughout the year.
- Careful use of flupropanate has provided residual selective control to suppress serrated tussock on marginal country at the top of a river escarpment.
- Revegetation has been used to provide long term cover on marginal land infested with serrated tussock
- Sensible farm planning has optimised paddock configuration to facilitate rotation and allowing shelter belt planting to shelter pasture and stock and provide ecosystem services. These diverse, well-structured, indigenous shelter belts link right through the property creating habitat corridors from neighbouring State Forest.
The existing native vegetation has been left intact and allows for habitat corridors from the adjoining State Forest.
The Grodzkis have started to apply the same approach to the 160-hectare blue gum plantation north east of their home property. One of the first things done on the recently purchased bloc was to have aerial application of flupropanate done on a couple of well-established patches of serrated tussock.. This is not only a solid step toward productivity, but a service to the whole community through preventing seed production.
This is an early step in a comprehensive plan toward harvesting the trees and returning the land to a productive grazing cropping system.
Grazing is managed to keep good ground cover throughout the seasons.