Farmers thank Gov't for support
A JUNABEE dairy farming family has praised the government for responding quickly to their cries for help following last week’s floods.
The Hoffmans have worked the land around Cedar Cross Road for “a long, long time” and they know too well the damage Emu Creek can cause when it bursts its steep banks.
Following our coverage of Gladfield dairies affected by the flood, Graham Hoffman was keen to point out farmers were hit across the region and the state.
With flood damage to their infrastructure, decimated crops lessening their winter feed and their cows providing three quarters of the usual quantity of milk, the continuous rain is causing major headaches.
The one saving grace, according to Graham’s son, Brent Hoffman, was the funding support offered quickly by the government after the flood.
Brent spoke to the Daily News just over a year ago during the drought.
At the time he begged for rain.
Now, as he stands in his muddy paddock and inspects the damage, he can’t believe things have gone from bad to worse.
“We can’t get crops in the ground and crops we have planted are dying because there is water sitting on the ground,” he said.
“We have less food stored for the winter than we did last year in the drought.”
Graham said he knew the rain would hit them eventually. He just didn’t know when.
He said the dairy was flooded, which damaged pumps and equipment. Some of it can be fixed while some will have to be replaced.
The family has still to inspect the conditions of the corn and silage crops.
It will be a huge cost to repair fencing and bring in gravel, which was washed off their roads.
Son Heath estimated that with the cows’ mastitis and poor milking conditions they were losing up to five litres a cow. In normal conditions they would get 25 litres per animal but currently it was more like 20 litres.
“Everyone is really struggling with mastitis at the moment,” he said.
The Hoffmans sent their application for government support yesterday and said they were pleased with how quickly it was offered.