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Mouse numbers in Australia could rise again, depending on rainfall in coming months, as the weather warms in spring.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud and Nationals Senate Leader 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,” Minister 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 on-the-ground management of these infestations, and this hasn’t changed.”
Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget 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.”
To find out more, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/mouse-infestation