Mansfield Courier

Keeping the mouse from the door in the North East

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AS we come into spring, there is still the potential for a high population of mice.

Mouse numbers in Australia could rise again, depending on rainfall in coming months, as the weather warms in spring.

Minister for Agricultur­e David Littleprou­d and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said there were several options for farmers impacted by the mouse infestatio­n.

“We’ve had good rain and are looking at a bumper harvest, and unfortunat­ely these conditions are perfect for mice,” Mr Littleprou­d said.

“Taking action early will be key in keeping mouse numbers down.

“It’s important that farmers get out into the paddocks to look for damage or other signs of mice such as active burrows, and to act at the first signs of activity.

“The Grains Research and Developmen­t Corporatio­n also produces material and informatio­n to help with mouse management, including printable chew cards for monitoring mouse activity.

“But there is support available for farmers who have had their businesses impacted by mice.

“The first port of call for impacted farmers is your relevant state and territory

authoritie­s who have been on the frontline of the onthe-ground management of these infestatio­ns, and this hasn’t changed.”

Senator McKenzie said there were initiative­s available for impacted farmers.

“Since January this year, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has issued seven emergency use permits to support mouse control,” Senator McKenzie said.

“On a broader level, the

Farm Household Allowance is available to affected farmers.

“Local farmers can also access tax concession­s.

“Primary producers may be able to claim an immediate deduction for capital expenditur­e on fodder storage assets, such as silos and hay sheds.

“I also encourage the use the MouseAlert app which can help notify local farmers about changes in mouse activity.”

 ??  ?? DECEPTIVEL­Y SMALL: There’s nothing small about mice numbers in Australia this year.
DECEPTIVEL­Y SMALL: There’s nothing small about mice numbers in Australia this year.

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