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Tasmania’s Farming Crisis

May 24, 2024 9:18 am in by

This week on iHeart Tassie, the plight gripping many farmers not fortunate enough to have access to Tasmania’s irrigation schemes.

They are running into big dramas feeding livestock as a result of a protracted dry stretch.

Farmer Brad Grattidge is finding sourcing cost efficient feed extremely difficult.

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“Quotes of $180 for round bales of hay, lucerne is around $250 a bale, silage is going to be around that $200 mark, but it’ll be exceptional circumstances where people will sell their hay.”

Brad reports that selling livestock has become an ordeal in itself.

“Selling livestock at a lesser price is one thing, not even being able to sell them because if they get too light in condition, I know of a neighbour who actually sold 20 cows for dog food because they were too poor to go anywhere else.”

To top everything off, Brad is among a farming community plagued by animal theft.

“The last five years I’ve lost about $20,000 per year in livestock getting stolen, they go around of a night time with night vision gear, they shoot the animal, winch them into a trailer and off they go.”

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