Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.August 29, 2014 3:04am
A new website will help farmers monitor mouse activity and protect crops.
MouseAlert allows growers, landholders and advisers to record and view mouse activity in their local area in real time.
Data entered will help with prediction of mouse plagues and assist in controlling mouse populations.
Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre MouseAlert project leader Peter West said the website allowed farmers record mouse activity in their local area to inform their community about changes in mouse numbers and damage.
‘‘It will also assist growers in determining when to implement control measures in advance of a possible plague,’’ Mr West said.
‘‘It can be used by mobile device users in the field and a new community facility will enable farmers to create online groups and share their observations of mouse activity among members.”
Grains Research and Development Corporation southern regional panel member Bill Long said mice had become a regular and serious pest in the southern Australian agricultural region.
‘‘Earlier this year we saw in South Australia particularly, just how rapidly populations can escalate and the costly consequences,’’ he said.
The next stage of MouseAlert’s development will be a notification system so members of a group can be alerted to changes in mouse activity in their area as soon as it happens, enabling a co-ordinated, local response.
A mobile phone app is also in the pipeline.
MouseAlert is available at www.mousealert.org.au
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.