What the hay? Where is it all?
DESPITE huge amounts of hay being produced in the Monto area right now, some local farmers are struggling to get any.
But they were given some reprieve last Tuesday when Buy a Bale delivered 188 bales of rhodes grass.
“I’ve been feeding 40 head of cattle for six months. You can’t find or afford hay when it gets to this stage,” farmer Annette Evans said.
“There are a lot of hay bales around here but it’s all sold.
“Because this is not our usual situation, we don’t have regular suppliers.”
Mungungo farmer Anita Dent said it was not only that hay was hard to find, but drought made everything hard to afford.
“We have 75 head and have to supplement their feed all the time now. We can probably stretch it out so we feed them a bale every week to 10 days,” she said.
While Monto received a Buy a Bale drop earlier in the year, this one brought three times as much hay.
“I think the word is just getting out more, so more farmers are signing up. I only found out someone had signed me up when I got here to collect hay for someone else,” Mrs Dent said.
All up 18 local farmers received 11 bales each, thanks to the local co-ordination of volunteer Jackie Hamilton.
“I’ve seen the effects of drought since I was a kid, so it’s so good they are able to help people like this.”
FOOD: Bruce Dent was granted some drought relief, as he was one of the lucky Monto farmers to receive 11 bales of hay from Buy a Bale on Tuesday afternoon.
Annette Evans was one of the farmers to receive 11 bales of hay.