Floods in the re­gion, means milk down drain

Cen­tral and North Bur­nett dairy farm­ers fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MONTO’S ru­ral in­dus­tries were hit par­tic­u­larly hard by the ex-cy­clone sys­tem as it made its way down the east coast on the Aus­tralia Day long week­end.

And none more so than dairy farm­ers.

Se­vere dam­age to roads has meant trucks have been un­able to col­lect milk from the farms.

Peter Brown has had to throw out his milk, some­thing he has never done be­fore.

He said thou­sands of litres of milk down the drain meant a ma­jor fi­nan­cial loss.

Leesa Ison is an­other Monto dairy farmer who has been dealt a blow from the wild weather, with a flooded dairy to deal with.

She said it had been a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult time, but was thank­ful the sit­u­a­tion was not much worse.

“We have been cut off and have had no con­tact with the out­side world,” she said.

“We really need to get feed to our cat­tle.

“We are still in good health, but it is very hard to be in good spir­its un­der th­ese cir­cum­stances.”

Mr Brown said th­ese were chal­leng­ing times for dairy farm­ers.

He said the big­gest prob­lem now would con­tinue to be get­ting feed to his stock.

“The feed has been flooded and cov­ered in mud and the cows won’t touch it,” he said.

“I have never had to throw away milk. Some­times it has been touch and go, but in this case it was un­avoid­able.”

He said there may be a chance Par­malat would pay for dumped milk.

Milk can be kept in the vat for up to three days or six milk­ings, if the vat is big enough.

As a re­sult, many farm­ers from around the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett have had to empty the milk vats down the drain to make way for their next batch.

Photo: Contributed

DOWN THE DRAIN: A Monto dairy farmer's milk is thrown out due to milk trucks cut off by the flood.

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