Deni farm­ers speak

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Phil and Jo Burn have drought-proofed their Mayrung prop­erty as much as they pos­si­bly can, but there is only so much they can do with­out a water al­lo­ca­tion. They agree this is an ex­tremely dis­tress­ing time for their busi­ness. ‘‘Our busi­ness is strug­gling,’’ Mrs Burn said. ‘‘We are pay­ing ex­or­bi­tant feed and water prices, which are se­verely im­pact­ing on our vi­a­bil­ity. We want a fu­ture for our children and we want them to grow up with agri­cul­ture as an op­tion for them.’’ The busi­ness has 700 cows and sup­plies pro­ces­sor Rive­rina Fresh (do­mes­tic milk) and em­ploys eight full-time staff. ‘‘We are ap­proach­ing the stage where we will have to sell some cows and lay-off staff; it is a real wor­ry­ing time for us and our busi­ness,’’ Mrs Burn said. She said the news of an­other zero al­lo­ca­tion an­nounce­ment for Novem­ber was dire for South­ern Rive­rina ir­ri­ga­tors.

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