Victorian grain producers will soon have more resources to battle the spreading mouse plague tipped to wreak havoc with winter crops.
The VFF has advised its members that mouse bait supplies are set to increase in the coming week to 10 days, with the importation into Australia of the raw chemical constituent used to mix the bait.
‘‘We understand there has been difficulty sourcing and importing the raw chemical into the country, including finding adequate supplies and then meeting the required import protocols,’’ VFF Grains Group president Ross Johns said.
‘‘Grain Producers Australia has been working for the last couple of months to ensure there’s a sufficient supply of bait.
‘‘They’ve also been lobbying to ensure sufficient supply of the base chemical for manufacturers to meet increasing demand.
‘‘We now understand that increased supplies of the mixed bait should be available within the next 10 to 14 days to enable mixing.’’
It is expected the South Australian agricultural and seeds provider, AG Schilling & Co, will stock the bait, where it will be mixed and then distributed through an agent in the Horsham area.
The VFF understands the bait will be unsterilised, cleaned (gravity tabled) wheat, treated with zinc phosphide and indicatively available at $2.90/kg.
Locally, WB Hunters Shepparton also sells bait in both pellets and blocks, which are non-secondary kill varieties.