STUART AND JENNY BLEASE

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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.

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