Bales will make a big dif­fer­ence

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

JUST a small amount of hay will make a dif­fer­ence for drought-stricken farmer An­nette Evans.

“I’ve got to sell 12 of my best breed­ers. But the hay from Buy a Bale means I can lock them up un­til the cat­tle sale,” the Monto farmer said.

“That means I can sell them with a bit of con­di­tion on them, in­stead of just be­ing bone poor.”

But it’s a heart-wrench­ing ex­er­cise for Mrs Evans, who has spent 10 years breed­ing up her brah­man-bazadais cross herd.

“You re­ally want to keep breed­ers to be your base herd. But I al­ready sold 25 ear­lier this year that were two years old; they were go­ing to be my next breed­ers. After this I’ll just have the moth­ers and calves left,” she said.

“It’s no use sell­ing the moth­ers be­cause they are too weak to go on a truck. Your op­tions are to shoot them or put ev­ery­thing into them. We are try­ing to keep them alive.

“And we are such a small op­er­a­tion here; I’ve just got 37 head at the mo­ment. The ef­fects just mul­ti­ply for big­ger farms.”

Be­fore the Buy a Bale fod­der drop last Wed­nes­day, all of Mrs Evans cat­tle were suf­fer­ing.

“But now ev­ery­one gets a share. We have enough to go round now, es­pe­cially if we get some rain,” she said.

“Buy a Bale re­ally makes such a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives, and is a real bless­ing in hard times. I hope ev­ery­one who got hay also gets lots of rain soon.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

Monto farmer An­nette Evans is do­ing ev­ery­thing she can to keep her cat­tle alive dur­ing the drought.

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