Meringur farmer Andrew Kay is busy redistributing 4 road-trainloads of donated hay to his neighbours within the Millewa area in north-western Victoria.
- Rural Aid is donating hay to farmers within the Millewa area who’re nonetheless battling dry circumstances
- While the district had grain harvest final 12 months, it was totally different to two years prior, the place some farmers failed to develop any crops
- This 12 months some farmers have sown crops whereas it has been dry whereas others are ready for extra rain
While the rivers are overflowing in Gippsland, it is a very totally different state of affairs within the state’s far north-west, the place some farmers have had as little as 30mm of rain for the 12 months.
“It’s very, very dry. What stubble we did have from last year has very rapidly disappeared, with no green or anything in the paddocks at all,” Mr Kay stated.
“Livestock are starting to get very hungry and this is absolutely amazing, to help top up and finish cattle off.”
Mr Kay has not sown a crop this 12 months and has been holding out for extra rain.
“It doesn’t look like we’re actually going to get it,” he stated. “We’ll just hang off a bit longer, but we can’t wait too much longer because we’ll run out of time and the ground will get too cold.”
However, additional east at Karawinna, Michael Callahan has completed his sowing program for the season.
“We started about two months ago, sowing sheep feed, hoping it will rain and get it up, it’s just starting to come up after the 15mm of rain we’ve had over the past three weeks.”
Mr Callahan stated he was hopeful of rising crop.
“It’s amazing how this country can turn around if we get 25-30mm of rain. That would last for two months as long as we get a good August and September. That’s the main thing,” Mr Callahan stated.
Rural Aid’s group consultant in Victoria, Carly Noble, stated it was good to see farmers smile when the highway trains loaded with hay arrived at Meringur.
“Some are getting 24 bales, some are getting eight or 12. It just depends on the total number of livestock on the ground at the moment, but that will see them through another eight [to] 12 weeks.”
But, for Ms Noble, the pick-up has not been nearly gathering hay for livestock. There had been additionally morning tea refreshments that, Ms Noble defined, had been donated by sponsors to encourage farmers to have a break and communicate with their neighbours.
“Which is good for mental health,” she stated.
#Note:- Author Name:- Kellie Hollingworth