Finding ways to get through tough times

Koonunga farmer, Mr Brett Nietschke at one of the drought lots on his property which encourages a smaller area for stock and less chance of erosion in paddocks.

Farmers across the region continue to hand feed their stock with some sections of the Barossa also carting in water as they face varying challenges including a lack of rain and feed.

Barossa Improved Grazing Group technical facilitator, Mr Brett Nietschke has been hand feeding his 400 merino ewes on his 300 hectare Koonunga property since December.

“From a grazing point of view, people are definitely feeding… there’s nothing in the paddock and that’s not unexpected at this time of year,” said Brett.

“Together with supplementary feeding, water is also an issue for people who don’t have mains… in Moculta and Keyneton where there’s not mains, people are buying in water.”

It’s the drought of 1982 that has been mentioned recently that farmers are likening these recent conditions to, particularly with dams and their low levels.

“It has been a long time since people in some of these areas have had to cart in water,” said Brett.

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