Fires, Floods and Forestry Talks Take Toll on Farmers

27 December 2013

There is no doubt that we had the lot in Tasmania in 2013 - fires and then floods.

The January bushfires wreaked havoc on farmland, especially in Southern Tasmania, and we had to act quickly to co-ordinate fodder, fencing materials, generators, portable yards and agistment for stock.

We lost at least 10,000 livestock - mainly sheep - killed outright or that had to be put down. That is the worst job any farmer has to do.

The cost of replacing hundreds of kilometres of fencing alone was about $10million.

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