Mouse numbers could rise again this spring but there are programs that can help

Mouse numbers on farms could rise again, depending on rainfall in coming months, and as the weather warms into spring.

Following good rainfall and a likely bumper harvest, unfortunately these conditions are perfect for mice, so acting early will be important to keep mouse numbers down.

It’s important that every farmer gets out into the paddocks to look for damage or other signs of mice such as active burrows, and to act at the first signs of activity.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation produces material and information to help with mouse management, including printable chew cards for monitoring mouse activity.

And there is further support available for farmers who have had their businesses impacted by mice.

The first port of call is your relevant state and territory authorities who have been on the frontline of the on-ground management of these infestations, and this hasn’t changed.

Since January this year, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has issued seven emergency use permits to support mouse control.

On a broader level, the Farm Household Allowance is available to affected farmers, and farmers can also access tax concessions.

Primary producers in most cases will be able to claim an immediate deduction for capital expenditure on fodder storage assets, such as silos and hay sheds.

Farmers are also encouraged the use the MouseAlert app which can help notify producers about changes in mouse activity.

To find out more, see: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/mouse-infestation 

How to access compensation and support

·         As part of the 2021–22 Budget, the government is supporting new investment and increasing business cash flow by extending the temporary full expensing incentive. Until 30 June 2023, businesses with turnover up to $5 billion will be able to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets of any value in the year they are installed.

·         For businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million, full expensing also applies to second-hand assets.

  • The Farm Household Allowance assists farming families in financial hardship. It helps farmers cope with financial pressures and get back on their feet.
  • When paid to both members of the household, the payment delivers around $30,000 into the household over a year.
  • Each person can also access up to $10,000 for professional advice &/or training.
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