STUART AND JENNY BLEASE
Jenny and Stuart Blease used to be dairy farmers. The couple moved to Deniliquin from the Yarra Valley in 1980 because of cheap land and water prices — a month ago they sent their entire 160-cow dairy herd to the abattoirs. ‘‘We now have a small beef herd,’’ Mrs Blease said. ‘‘We have had to transition to that before we were really ready because increased water costs and zero water allocation just made it too hard to stay in the dairy industry.’’ ‘‘Water is becoming too expensive and our land values are decreasing — our area is dying,’’ Mr Blease said.