Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall is encouraging 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.
The NSW Government’s innovative new monitoring tool developed by CottonInfo and the CSIRO was designed 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.
The technology has proven popular and trialled successfully in the NSW northwest since July.
“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. These results are fed into an online dashboard so farmers can see when populations are increasing in their area, which will help them quickly respond,” Mr Marshall said.
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