Its just on six months since we did the ABC Newcastle drought interview. It was a stinking-hot summer and I looked like I had enough. I had never felt so un-glamourous in my life!
But now looking back to February 2018 after my interview, we luckily did receive some rain but definitely not enough and definitely not constant rain. We are lucky, as we are a small farm but we all have livestock and produce to grow so it all affects us - whether you live on a farm or in the city, the produce quality will decline and our grocery costs will slowly increase, I won't even mentioned the hay costs for us!
So I think its time to do another interview as after our ABC interview it rained two weeks later and we received some good rain with 104mls for that month but sadly not enough. March onwards it reduced down to 69mls and April was 26mls, May 15mls, June 72mls and July only 3mls. So maybe if I do another un-glam interview I will make it rain!
We finally managed to sell our mini-cattle only two weeks ago and buying hay was getting harder and also feeding the 15+ alpaca's who are all pregnant so that will expand quickly up to 25+ alpacas, which means a lot of lucern hay for my babies next season.
Hope you have all seen the images of the Upper Hunter drought and how worse it is across NSW and QLD. The good team at Buy a Hay Bale have been working non-stop delivering goods to large farmers who need help. You can make a small donation to them here.
Photo taken June 2018 its all very crunchy under foot. The alpaca having brekkie on lucern hay and they love it.
Click here to read the February 2018 ABC Interview.