What the hay? Where is it all?

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

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.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

An­nette Evans was one of the farm­ers to re­ceive 11 bales of hay.

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