Busselton farmers are hard at work preparing for the forecasted long and hot summer.
WA Farmers Vasse zone president Greg Chapman said farmers were well placed to survive the imminent dry months. “
Around this time every year we have to prepare for the drought and we are used to doing so,” he said.
“Farmers are probably getting close to the end of making hay and silage to get through the dry months.”
Mr Chapman said while the winter had been dry, pastures had grown well and there was plenty of feed to conserve, with some green still left in paddocks.
Richard Moody is one of Busselton’s dairy farmers currently spending every waking hour milking cows and gathering hay.
He said the recent rains had caused some regermination but the situation was manageable.
“If you get an inch of rain that’s when you get a problem, but it should be fine, I’m reasonably optimistic,” he said.
Adding to his hectic schedule, Mr Moody was also busy mating cows at the moment. His breeders will start calving next August and it will be two or three years before the two-thirds not sent to the butchers are ready to milk.
He said farming was always a tough industry and would prefer the Government to be more supportive in regard to the challenges farmers faced.
Mr Chapman said WA Farmers was about to release a report it had commissioned on the long-standing milk price debacle which looked into sustainable production costs.