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Taking Stock: is research the key to mice plague battle? | Mudgee Guardian



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AS sure as night follows day, a mice plague follows a bumper harvest. It was true in 1993 during Australia’s worst plague on record, which had a total damage bill of $96 million, during the worst of NSW’s plagues in 1984 and 2011, in 2016 after a bumper winter crop in Victoria and once again this year after successful winter and summer crops across NSW and southern Queensland. Each time these pests emerge, they cause a lot of damage, not just to cropping producers but to livestock operations as well. In the recent experience of this town-dwelling reporter, there is nothing worse than when mice infiltrate your home. Luckily, my issue was only minor, lasted a fortnight and was easily treated with readily available…

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