Searching infested paddocks
If you have paddocks already on the infested list you will be issued with an Infested property paddock record for each infested property and paddock details indicating which paddocks require Full or Surveillance searching. Additional guidelines need to be followed:
- Full Search of all Code 1 paddocks.
- Surveillance Search of all paddocks adjacent to Code 1 paddocks from last season.
- Surveillance Search of all Code 2 paddocks.
- Full Search of Code 3 paddocks followed by a search audit is required to progress to Code 4 and release from the infested list.
- Remember to give adequate notice to your local DPIRD office post-search, to allow an audit prior to stock being introduced.
- Code 1 paddocks should be searched as soon as possible after harvest. It is advisable to allow 5–10 days before searching harvested paddocks - this will allow skeleton weed plants to grow above the stubble; and ideally in early December, before flowering. Search all current Code 1 paddocks by 31 December.
- Search Code 2 and 3 paddocks and paddocks adjacent to Code 1 paddocks from last search season (summer) by 31 January and record details of all searching and plant treatments on your Infested property paddock record. If paddocks adjacent to Code 1 paddocks from last season are on a neighbouring property, your neighbour(s) are responsible for searching them and also need to record their search activities.
- Regular monitoring of all paddocks, infested sites in particular, should be ongoing.
- All paper records, including farm maps indicating paddocks searched and the location of all infestations, must be submitted to your local DPIRD or LAG office by 15 February. Audits will be undertaken on 100 percent of all records.
The Skeleton Weed Program covers the cost of a Departmental or LAG officer to visit your property to confirm the infestation and discuss your obligations, when required