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Plenty of hay in NT, so why are farmers whinging about cattle starving?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 06:19:00 PM »
Live export slowdown takes shine off hay industry.

 There's plenty of hay being cut in the Top End of the Northern Territory right now, but selling it is proving difficult.

The slow down in the live cattle trade out of Darwin is really hurting the Territory's hay producers.

Dave Gray from NT Quality Hay, says a lot of Top End cattle are being trucked south, rather than to export yards for shipping which has traditionally been his biggest customer.

  Top End hay height=467 Photo: Freshly cut hay at Lake Bennett near Darwin, NT. (Matt Brann) 

"We've taken a fair knock over the last couple of years and most of us are well down on our percentages... I'm down to 35 per cent of what I was doing three or four years ago," he said.

"So from about 12,000 bales a year, I'm down to 3,500 to 4,000 bales a year... the product is here but trying to move it on is our biggest problem,

"The price is very competitive at the moment, there's not a lot in it, I'm just creating a job for myself really."

  ABC Rural  By  Matt Brann 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-17/top-end-hay-cuts/4758258
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