Bales will make a big difference
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.”
Monto farmer Annette Evans is doing everything she can to keep her cattle alive during the drought.