What weed seeds may be lurking in your drought fodder?

Dry season, drought and collapsed dead pasture due to dieback all trigger the need for livestock fodder.

Ideally fodder is produced on property or sourced from reputable sources however sometimes producers are not in a position to be selective with their  fodder sources and must weigh up the risk of weed seed contamination with the urgent need to feed ruminant livestock.

Weed seed risk can be managed by checking fodder feed out areas regularly after rainfall commences and being aware of potentially toxic weeds.

AgForce have developed an infographic outlining best practice for fodder weed management which can be viewed on our Facebook page HERE.

More detailed information including the twenty most common and toxic fodder weeds is available for download HERE. Producers should always be on the lookout for common fodder weeds including giant rats tail grass, African love grass, toxic Madagascan fireweed and parthenium.

Prevent establishment of problematic weeds by managing localised outbreaks of new emerging weeds

Read the Reducing weed risks from fodder report from the Queensland Herbarium by clicking below.

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