Drought woes hit hobby farmers too
ONCE again, Australians are rallying around drought-stricken farmers in our great country’s southeast by donating much-needed money for life’s necessities and fodder for their starving animals.
It’s not just the farmers out west who are suffering.
The knock-on effect is locals who own hobby farms in the district are now facing the same dilemma as our western counterparts.
Hay is scarce and people are now paying up to $25 per bale – if they can get it.
The winter cold and the lack of rain has brought fodder production almost to a complete halt.
The Lockyer Valley food bowl in Queensland’s southeast is well known for primary food production for animals and humans alike.
The Lockyer has also been in significant drought for over 12 months.
Fodder producers have depleted their hay reserves and current stocks are now being redirected in answer to pleas for help from our farmers out west.
The redirection of our local hay supplies to our western counterparts, in combination with the current dry weather conditions, have resulted in a hay supply vacuum which has caused local hay prices to skyrocket.
The prevailing dry conditions mean that there is little paddock grass which is usually used to supplement diets for livestock.
No significant rainfall events are predicted in the near future and the need for fodder to feed livestock will increase.
Hay prices will continue to soar, creating a new crisis in household economic disaster as the distressing burden of trying to feed much-loved pets continues.
All we can do is continue to search the local districts for reasonably priced hay and pray for much-needed rain. — Hobby farmer, Kensington Grove