Monday, October 3, 2022

Buckled farmers brace for more pain as mud flies at ‘clueless’ minister

Rainfall and flood records have tumbled across the Northern Rivers leaving its agricultural sector devastated and with a recovery that is far from over.

A lack of sunshine and repeated flooding has hampered efforts in the 10 weeks since the region was first smashed in early March.

The winner outlook is bleak for livestock owners and crop growers who are struggling with waterlogged pastures, paddocks and plantations.

Lismore-based vet Dr Bruno Ros said predictions of a wet winter meant the worst was yet to come.

“We still have dire situations on some farms where cattle are short of feed, they’re now cold, standing in mud and producers are trying to find agistment to send them away,” Dr Ros said.

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Lismore-based vet Dr Bruno Ros raises his concerns with NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole in Coraki in early March. ,ABC Rural: Kim Honan ,

“Calves are really doing it tough and starting to get pneumonia, the dairy farms in particular.”

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