“We’re coming up to 18 months without a decent rain. The rainfall records at the post office go back to 1891, and this is the driest period year of any year on record.”
He has had to buy feed to keep his animals alive. “We don’t buy in grain unless it’s anextreme drought. It’s like the Eskimos asking for ice donations. What we’re facing now is something we’ve never faced.”
He has enough feed to get his animals through to October or November, but without a decent rain “going into next year, we will have nothing on hand to feed if it gets tough again. That’s a real worry. We’ve got some pretty serious decisions to make soon.” Meet more of the people featured in our Stories of Life series.