Developing ‘best practice’ strategies for managing mice in Queensland’s grain producing regions

Queensland grain producers have highlighted a need for ‘Best Practice’ strategies for reducing mice damage in their developing grain crops. Traditionally, the reaction to mouse plagues has been to ignore all the signs of an impending outbreak, and then apply vast quantities of rodenticides after the plague has erupted (Brown et al. 2004). This approach is neither cost effective nor environmentally aware. We aim to show how cost-effective, sustainable farm management practices affect residual mice populations and the frequency of plagues on farms. Where growers take a proactive rather than reactive approach to the problem of mice, in-crop damage and associated with poorly timed baiting campaigns. Eight sites on the Darling Downs are being used to compare the effects of proactive and reactive farm management practices and then develop a set of ‘Best Practice’ strategies that grain growers can use to reduce the impact of mice on their cropping enterprises. Preliminary results indicate that there is a difference in mice numbers between the treated and untreated properties, but it is too early in the project to confirm these results. Very low mouse numbers due to prolonged drought conditions also make the preliminary results inconclusive.

Author Farrell, J.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution QLD Department of Natural Resources & Mines
Pages 316-320
Region QLD
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