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    BE READY: CSIRO research head Steve Henry is scheduled to be in the Wimmera as part of a regular assessment program in mid to late June. His visit will address rising mouse numbers.

AgLife: Greater insight on mice

Researchers responding to the impact and spread of mice across eastern Australia will gain a clearer understanding next month about what the plague means for the Wimmera-Mallee.

A CSIRO research team headed by Steve Henry has been busy working in hard-hit areas of New South Wales. 

Mr Henry is scheduled to be in the Wimmera as part of a regular assessment program in mid to late June.

“We’ll get a greater understanding about circumstances in the Wimmera when we get there,” he said. 



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While farmers have reported varying levels of mouse activity, much of the Wimmera-Mallee has so far been relatively free of the massive increase in mice numbers experienced in other states.

The CSIRO is collaborating with various organisations, including Birchip Cropping Group, in assessing and dealing with ways to deal with mice.

BCG operations manager Kelly Angel said the region had so far been in ‘a lucky patch’ regarding the plague.

“We’re not in the same panic-station circumstances that are happening further north. But there are still a few mouse numbers around,” she said.

“Many growers are proactive with management and it will be a case of being vigilant in keeping track of what’s happening and having bait on hand to deal with obvious areas of infestation.”

A CSIRO team works with landowners and organisations and in gaining an understanding of environmental dynamics over time and seasons, visits the Wimmera in March, June and September as part of an annual schedule.

Ms Angel encouraged farmers concerned about growing numbers of mice on their properties to explore the availability of higher-strength poison bait, now available as an emergency response to the plague.

The entire May 26, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire May 26, 2021 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!