Extra water can be vital

Numbaa dairy farmer Stewart Menzies said extra water will help in dry spells.

NUMBAA dairy farmer Stewart Menzies welcomes the news of extra water allocation for the REMS Scheme.

“It will certainly help getting extra water to irrigate, especially when things are dry and we desperately need it,” he said.

“It’s a positive move by council.”

Mr Menzies milks around 570 cows on the 470-acre Mountain View farm on Jindy Andy Lane, of which 150 acres are under irrigation with two pivot machines.

“When things are dry, having more water would be great,” he said.

“It is often vital for us.

“It reduces the amount of extra fodder we have to bring onto the property because we can grow it under the irrigation.”

Since the REMS Scheme was launched in 2002, 20 gigalitres of water or 20,000 million litres has been irrigated on local farm lands.

That equates to 15,000 Olympic swimming pools.

GOOD NEWS: Numbaa dairy farmers Hayley and Stewart Menzies rely on their irrigator. Access to more water will help in dry spells.

GOOD NEWS: Numbaa dairy farmers Hayley and Stewart Menzies rely on their irrigator. Access to more water will help in dry spells.

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