Deni farmers speak
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.