/ 25 November 2021

The mice are coming back in town


With La Nina sweeping across much of Oz this summer, experts say conditions will be ripe for another mouse plague in regional NSW. The state’s farmers association vice president Xavier Martin says this year’s mouse plague – which saw so many millions of the critters literally eat Aussies out of their house and home – cost the sector up to $1 billion. He fears next year could be worse… CSIRO researcher Steve Henry said wetter-than-usual conditions this summer could see mice populations explode as they feast on grain too wet to harvest. And floods won’t pose a problem because they’re “very good swimmers,” he said. Not so for the crops – while farmers were set for a great season after years of drought, experts say they could lose billions of dollars in value due to bad weather. At least the cows are getting fat… #SquizShortcut

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