Floods in the region, means milk down drain
Central and North Burnett dairy farmers facing difficulties
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.
DOWN THE DRAIN: A Monto dairy farmer's milk is thrown out due to milk trucks cut off by the flood.