Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Mouse monitor

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The NSW Government has launched an innovative new monitoring tool to both help farmers manage mice population numbers ahead of another record harvest and provide a live snapshot of on-farm rodent activity across the state.

Minister for Agricultur­e Adam Marshall encouraged farmers throughout NSW to use the online tool to report mouse activity and crop damage to assist their fellow landholder­s to respond quickly to increasing population­s through spring.

‘‘This dedicated monitoring system is just another tool we can give to farmers to help combat the surge in mice we are expecting as we approach harvest,’’ Mr Marshall said.

‘‘By asking farmers to use mouse chew cards once a week and record their results by filling out a quick online form, not only can we closely track any rise in numbers, but also see what level of damage is occurring in particular crops.

The monitoring tool has been successful­ly trialed in the state’s northwest since July and was developed in collaborat­ion with CottonInfo and the CSIRO.

An online dashboard compiles the results to alert farmers to trends in their area, to allow them to respond with targeted baiting programs.

Farmers can find the form, dashboard, and instructio­ns on how to report their own mouse activity on the Local Land Services website at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/mice.

Mr Marshall said the new tool was just one of the many support measures available to the state’s farmers including rebates for zinc phosphide baits up to $10,000.

Nearly 700 farmers have already registered for bait rebate support that helps to minimise the financial strain from the mice plague.

For more informatio­n, visit www.nsw.gov.au/mice.

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