As rainfalls in the Mid North have been the lowest recorded in 13 years, growers are turning to alternate methods to keep their livestock fed, as hay and other feed is currently hard to source.
In the past six weeks, Viterra, a grain storage and handling network have undertaken 200 out turn movements back to growers, consisting of nearly 5000 tonnes of feed barley and wheat.
The group operations manager, Michael Hill says they are currently facilitating the out turns to meet the grower’s needs for stock feed, which has been notable through the dry start to northern cropping areas.
“We have been receiving an increasing number of calls from growers keen to access their unsold grain in the warehouse.”
It has been a very dry start to the year in the northern cropping areas and a number of growers also run sheepMichael Hill
Viterra do not know what size of out turn they will receive, but will accommodate for any size, yet what they are currently experiencing is individual truck loads as growers wait for the season to break.
Yet the company are ensuring that more grain is being made available in the affected areas.
“We are managing the grain within our network to ensure more feed barley is available in the areas most in needs, such as the upper Eyre Peninsula, upper north, Mid North and upper Mallee.”
Those growers wishing to access their warehoused grain should contact their regional office, in the mean time, Viterra just hopes some meaningful rain arrives.