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.