Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Farmers Appeal to Sky for Mercy; Seventh Inundation in Five Years Has Big River Dairy Couple Looking at $100K Loss

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Farmers Appeal to Sky for Mercy; Seventh Inundation in Five Years Has Big River Dairy Couple Looking at $100K Loss

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Byline: Kate Matthews kate.matthews@dailyexaminer.com.au

WITH more than half their property still under water, Southgate dairy farmers Rod and Jo Madden are wondering when their lucky break will come.

Mr Madden estimates the latest flood is likely to set the farm back aa minimum of $100,000a and in the five and a half years since the couple have owned the Big River Dairy, he says the farm has lost close to $500,000.

aThe costs keep going up and our income keeps going backwards... weall never make back what weave lost,a Mr Madden said.

aWe only have two choices a you close down and walk away and lose everything you have, or you change what you do.

aItas our choice to stay. Itas a way of life, but we just wish Mother Nature would give us a break.a

Up until this week, the 160ha property has been running 450 dairy cattle, but with no pastures left to feed them, Mr Madden made the decision to send 120 head to away to prepare for calving. …

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