Can your church group or social club organize a collection of toiletries and basic household commodities to be distributed? Sometimes the farm budget won't even stretch to the cost of shampoo and toothpaste . When you are hand feeding stock every $ is needed to save a life. Your breeders are the building blocks needed to rebuild herds when the drought breaks, and farmers have to try to keep them going even if they have sold off the rest .And you can guarantee they have been sold at rock bottom prices as the market is flooded with sheep and cattle from others in the same boat.
It broke my heart to see our good sheep being sold off for less than $5 a head in the last big drought. It barely covered the cost of getting them to the sale yards and then when the drought broke the price went through the roof to try and buy in breeding ewes - either way we were stuffed.
So believe me every little bit helps. Please do what you can - our farmers won't ask for help but they need it. Every lamb or calf that doesn't make it equates to standing in the paddock tearing up $50 notes. Would you do that with your hard earned money? Not bloody likely, but these farmers are powerless to stop their stock losses without access to stock feed and water and when Mother Nature turns her back on you you have to buy these in, and they aren't cheap.
He believes in the future that things will get much better,
but fears sometimes he's going to lose his mind.
So won't you spare a thought for country farmers?