A share with Selina from one of the many resilient and generational farmer, first hand in Temora, NSW, Australia farming country.
My Grandfather purchased the original part of the property in the early 1930’s. Around 1940 my Father bought it from Grandfather and raised a family of 4 sons.Being the youngest and my brothers having moved away onto farms of their own, my wife and I started buying the farm for ourselves in 1977.
Farming had started to change dramatically around this time with a lot of empathise on the care of soils and the variety of crops that were being grown. In addition to the traditional wheat , oats and barely, we were trying canola ,lupins and field peas. Sheep and cattle were also around in large numbers. Merino sheep for wool production and 1st x ewes for fat lamb production.
Looking after the Land
Mostly, Farmers have been and still are great caretakers of the assets they have. After all, this is our livelihood, our pride, our joy. We have a love for the land. If we look after the land, the land looks after us. Changes in the way we farm has had a dramatic impact on soil structure, as well as retaining organic residue from previous crops.
We need them. Most farms don’t have access to pipeline water and have to store their own supplies for animals ,spraying and gardens.
Issues Farmers face
Drought is always in the mind of a farmer. During good seasons farmers will store hay and grain for times of drought. The hardest part of a drought is to know when your having one or is it just a dry time. And knowing how long a drought is going to last. Price for produce can be an issue as well, as it can depend on world markets.
Drought just doesn’t impact on the farming community, it starts there and then flows into the local businesses, and eventually into the cities. Drought is like a cancer, which affects the whole country. The best way we can treat is to be there for each other and to support each other.