The native poa tussock has really thrived this season with the wet weather and the increased fertility from the sheep. When we came here, the tussock was confined to the river/swamp area with a few patches in the higher paddocks. We slashed it for the first five years which were the drought years and left it to rot to increase the organic matter in the soil. Now we have had a few wet years the tussock has grown too fast for us to keep up with. In some paddocks it has started to shade all the other grasses out. Enter the fire queen. I have been burning the paddocks to reduce the tussock density and to give the other grasses a chance. Fire does not kill the tussock which is a native, but lets the pasture get ahead in the spring.