Farmers and rural communities at their wits’ end with worsening mouse plague

NSW Farmers’ Association and the Country Women’s Association will hold a joint media conference in Sydney today outlining how farmers and rural communities are at their wits’ end with the ongoing mouse plague and respond to the severity of losses the plague is causing.

As reported earlier, farmers in many parts of regional NSW are reporting a drastic increase in mice populations, which are decimating crops, destroying stored hay and invading silos, sheds and homes. 

The mice plague is also having a human health impact, with the NSW Western Area Health Service reporting increased cases of leptospirosis as a result of mice in domestic dwellings.  
NSW Farmers President James Jackson said grain growers hold grave concerns about the winter crop planting season, which is due to commence in coming weeks. 

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