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Emergency relief for grain farmers

Broadacre crop farmers will have access to free treatment of grain for use as mouse bait on the perimeter of paddocks.

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What the NSW Government is doing

The NSW Government has applied for an emergency use permit with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for the use of bromadiolone.

The permit seeks approval to use bromadiolone treated grain either in a trail or bait stations around the perimeter of a crop.

Alongside seeking urgent APVMA approval, the NSW Government has secured 10,000 litres of bromadiolone to meet the demand and establish grain mixing sites across regional NSW.

These grain mixing facilities will be operated by Local Land Services and support staff will be trained in handling and issuing bromadiolone to landholders. 

How to get your grain treated

Bait preparation sites will be set up to allow broadacre farmers to treat grain for mouse bait on the perimeters of paddocks.

Local Land Services will operate 20 grain treatment stations and bromadiolone will only be handled by our experts when the grain is being treated.

You will need to provide your own grain and arrange safe transport for the grain to and from treatment sites.

Sites will operate by appointment to ensure safe chemical handling. You can register your interest online to have grain treated or by calling your nearest Local Land Services office.

If you have any questions about bait preparation or transportation, talk to your Local Land Services representative.

Grain preparation sites in NSW

Local Land Services is setting up 20 grain treatment sites across rural NSW at:

  1. Condobolin
  2. Coonabarabran
  3. Coonamble
  4. Dubbo
  5. Forbes
  6. Gunnedah
  7. Holbrook
  8. Inverell
  9. Jerilderie
  10. Merriwa
  11. Moree
  12. Mudgee
  13. Narrabri
  14. Narrandera
  15. Nyngan
  16. Scone
  17. Tamworth
  18. Wagga Wagga
  19. Walgett
  20. Warialda.

Where you can use bromadiolone-treated grain

If the emergency use permit is granted, you can only use bromadiolone-treated grain around the perimeter of crops.

This is not an in-crop solution and you should not use it anywhere else.

You should not use it around the perimeter of buildings or in paddocks where crops have not been sowed.

Perimeter baiting with bromadiolone, used in combination with zinc phosphide, will create a multi-layered defence for your crops. 

Local Land Services will advise you on the strict APVMA guidelines when handling treated grain.

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