Slow autumn break leaves district farmers waiting

High feed prices knocking the cream off top of dairy industry
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MILK RETURNS: Oxley dairy farmer Greg Johnson has been hand feeding his dairy cows, a necessity that’s keeping the cows super healthy but hitting the bottom line. PHOTO: Mel Guy

WANGARATTA has had a dry start to autumn for the second year in a row, with just 40.4mm recorded over the last two months.

It’s been tricky for farmers trying to sow crops without irrigation, coming off the back of March and April in the 2018 autumn only receiving 21.6mm of rain.

Other dry starts to the season occurred in 2015 with 38.2mm of rainfall over March and April, but it’s nowhere near as bad as the 10.2mm for the first two months in the autumn of 2005, which was off the back of 23.2mm in 2004.

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