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The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

farmer Terry Hedt lives in fear of a for­eign takeover.

But it is not a cor­po­rate gi­ant that has him wor­ried.

It’s the fear of see­ing the Chilean nee­dle grass that chokes the road­side in­vade his 600ha sheep prop­erty.

The ex­otic weed is be­ing spread along Vic­to­rian road­sides by slash­ing con­trac­tors, where it then in­vades farms, pro­duc­ing sharp-pointed seeds that pen­e­trate sheep skins, caus­ing the an­i­mals suf­fer­ing and dam­ag­ing hides and car­cass val­ues.

In Au­gust Mr Hedt pleaded with VicRoads to slash the nee­dle grass, be­fore it set seed.

That fell on deaf ears as it flow­ered and set 15,000 to 20,000 seeds a square me­tre.

“It’s all over the place,” Mr Hedt said.

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