CSIRO mice researcher Steve Henry recently visited the BCG Main Field Day and urged growers to continue monitoring their paddocks as the season progresses.
Mr Henry explained that although mice plagues in southern Australia are quite irregular, Queensland experiences plagues every one to two years. Unfortunately, no one has a clear understanding to what drives these outbreaks, and it is imperative growers remain vigilant.
“No one ever forgets a mouse plague,” continued Mr Henry.
Mice are prolific breeders and can start breeding at six weeks of age, and can produce 500 offspring a year.
Monitoring for mice is occurring at a national scale as part of a GRDC-funded project resulting in Mr Henry visiting many monitoring sites in eastern Australia.