Farmer tired of worst mouse infestation in Australia does everything he can to save his crops

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WARNING GRAPHICS: Farmer devastated by Australia’s worst mouse infestation goes to extremes to save his crops

  • Australian farmer fights thousands of mice by burning them in gallon fire
  • Andrew drops them off a grain conveyor into a burning 44 gallon drum
  • The TikTok video has gone viral with five million viewers shocked by the abuse
  • Fear the mouse plague could ruin thousands of farmers and the last two years

A desperate Australian farmer has gone to great lengths to tackle the mouse infestation that is destroying crops and livelihoods on the country’s east coast.

Andrew, believed to be from New South Wales, projected thousands of mice from his grain conveyor and into a blazing fire in a 44-gallon barrel.

He claimed mice contaminated the mortar after it was used to pump grain into a silo — presumably to eat leftover grain — and then try to nest in it.

A still from Farmer Andrew's TikTok video shows a mouse falling off the grain conveyor into a barrel containing a fire.  The video went viral with over 5 million views

A still from Farmer Andrew’s TikTok video shows a mouse falling off the grain conveyor into a barrel containing a fire. The video went viral with over 5 million views

One clip shows mice falling off a grain conveyor belt after going through an auger to the ground

In the more recent clip Andrew posted on TikTok, the mice fall off the same grain conveyor into a drum with a blazing fire

A clip posted by Andrew on TikTok shows mice falling off a grain conveyor belt after going through an auger to the ground. But a more recent clip shows the mice falling off the same grain conveyor into a drum with a blazing fire.

Andrew’s extreme method of eradicating them has been criticized online after his post was shared on TikTok.

“I don’t like mice, but that’s a mess,” one wrote.

The farmer, Andrew, had no remorse: “You’re confused.”

“That’s wrong,” one woman wrote.

“Dude WTF. You burn them alive,’ said another woman.

“Better than drowning them alive,” Andrew wrote. “But most are dead because the auger chops them up.”

“I’m not vegan, but do you seriously think maybe we shouldn’t burn them alive?” asked another person.

“Okay, how would you like me to do it?” Andrew replied.

One man said he took a screen grab because he expected TikTok to remove the video.

“They’ve already removed it and I objected and they’ve put it back,” Andrew replied.

“I think there are different methods of removal,” wrote another man. “Doing this is a demonstration of animal cruelty.”

Australia’s rampant mouse infestation could last up to two years if urgent action isn’t taken to kill millions of rodents, a farmers’ association has warned.

Footage (pictured above) of a bucket of mice being set on fire on a property in NSW have gone viral on social media

Footage (pictured above) of a bucket of mice being set on fire on a property in NSW have gone viral on social media

Xavier Martin, the vice president of NSW Farmers, said growers are now leaving the paddocks to the mouse, fearing crops sown there over the winter will be devoured before they can be harvested.

“Without a concerted attempt at bait in the coming weeks, this could easily become a two-year plague,” warned Mr Martin as the government revealed it is ready to hand out one of the world’s deadliest poisons for free, once states approve it.

The chemical is called bromadiolone.

The shocking math behind the mouse life cycle is one of the main reasons why the mouse infestation sweeping the eastern states of Australia is so terrifying.

Countless farmers have destroyed crops, some losing as much as $300,000 in stock.

The shocking math behind the mouse life cycle is one of the main reasons why the mouse infestation sweeping the eastern states of Australia is so terrifying.

In just a few months, two mice can spawn a colony of hundreds of thousands — which could grow to millions in just over a year in perfect conditions.

The raging mouse infestation leads to increasingly desperate actions by farmers, though not all as sadistic as Andrew.

At the end of May, disturbing images were posted on TikTok showing a group of men setting fire to a bucket full of mice.

In the video, the men of rural NSW light the bucket before it goes up in flames.

Daily Mail Australia approached PETA, the RSPCA and CSIRO for comment.

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