Grains Research and Development

Date: 01.06.2003

A bonanza of free information for on-farm best practice mouse management

Mouseoff

THE GRDC is supporting Animal Control Technologies (ACTA) to develop a series of free extension materials that give farmers and agronomists better understanding of mouse problems and ways to reduce the threats they pose to crops.

MOUSEOFF Zinc Phosphide Rodent Bait Technical Booklet

The package includes a new 32-page farmer-friendly booklet on best Inanagement practice, produced in consultation with Animal and Plant Control Boards/Animal and Plant Control Commission in SA, the Bureau of Rural Sciences, CSIRO, WA Department of Agriculture, Vic Department of Primary Industries, Qld Department of Natural Resources and Mines, NSW Agriculture, private agronomists and Rural Lands Protection Boards, NSW.

The booklet highlights ways to minimise the risk of mouse infestations and describes the control of mice using MOUSEOFF® ZP. Topics include:

  • mouse problems in Australia: damage caused by mice, types of damage
  • some facts about mice: breeding potential, food consumption, weaning and survival
  • integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to minimise the risks of mouse infestation
  • assessing mouse activity: monitoring, warning signs
  • MOUSEOFF® ZP Bait: usage, how to apply, what happens to mice
  • handy tips for using MOUSEOFF® ZP: safety directions, effect of rain, treating 'hot spots'
  • environmental considerations: distance restrictions, withholding periods, protecting non-target animals.

The booklet provides knowledge on mouse management directly to farmers and will be distributed free to graingrowers in mouse-affected areas of Australia. Booklets will also be available through rural mercbants and state agencies.

Other aspects of the project

Another aspect of the GRDC supported project is a series of workshops to be conducted in key graingrowing areas of each state on 'Improving knowledge on best practice use of zinc phosphide for in-crop mouse control' over the next two years with assistance from the local state pest management agency.

Other no-cost extension materials coming out of this project are preprepared seminar slides, instructional videos/DVDs, informative CD-ROMs and fact sbeets that can be used by agronomists and other farm advisers to use in their own seminars.

The 'train the trainer' concept will ensure workshop attendees can deliver information to farmer groups without additional technical back-up.

Topics covered in the training workshops will include:

  • factors leading to mouse problems risk of crop damage
  • IPM and rodenticide options - facts and folklore
  • tools for decision making if mouse problems arise at critical times of crop development
  • history, safety and 'best practice' application of zinc phospbide bait
  • assessing outcomes and minimising environmental risks.

The project will also provide related information via industry-sponsored web sites, farmer alerts and Ground Cover.

Workshop information

Agronomists, farmers and state agency members who wisb to be invited to the workshops can contact Karen Pontin at Animal Control Technologies 03 9308 9688, fax 03 9308 9622, email kpontin@animalcontrol.com.au

For your free copy of the booklet please contact Ground Cover Direct free phone 1800 110 044, free fax 1800 009 988, email ground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au

Region North, South, West, National