Year in review: Looking back on the top stories of April 2021

December 23 2021 - 5:00am
The "hot little critters" light up on thermal technology.

What do you do when mice are invading the country?

Put thermal spotters on them of course.

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A story on Yorke Peninsula agronomist and hunter Troy Johnson and his quirky approach to revealing the extent of a client's mouse infestation was the top yarn for Queensland Country Life readers in April.

After an unsuccessful mice survey with headlights in a canola stubble crop Mr Johnson pulled out his Pulsar Krypton thermal hunting equipment to spot several of the vermin still wondering the paddock.

The crop had been been baited five days prior with 1kg bait, before Mr Johnson purchased the technology. Mr Johnson said the amount of heat mice carry meant thermal imaging was the perfect way to get a real sense of mouse numbers.

In April the agriculture industry was left mourning noted Queensland beef producer Ashley McKay OAM, after he died from a falling horse, while mustering cattle for his beloved sport of campdrafting.

Noted Queensland beef producer Ashley McKay died from a falling horse while mustering cattle for his beloved sport of campdrafting.

Mr McKay, who was aged 80, from Cherry Hills, Injune, was particularly well known as the founding president of the Australian Campdraft Association, a position he held from 1972 to 1982. He then served as ACA vice-president for a further 10 years.

In the state's west Josh and Denae Phelps, a Tambo couple who were well-known buyers in the saleyards at Blackall, took out the inaugural Barcoo Beef Challenge feedlot competition.

Designed to give primary producers a chance to showcase their livestock and gain valuable insight into their breed capabilities, Mr Phelps, who operates a predominantly trading operation at Tambo with wife Denae, said he would have to eat his words.

"I never gave the trade people a chance in this competition," he said.

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