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Flooding forces Mypolonga family to sell dairy farm after property completely submerged



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For a lot of communities residing in flood-affected areas, their worst nightmare is turning into their actuality.

For one Murraylands household, this implies being compelled to promote their dairy cows and farm after a levee breach induced their total property to flood.

The Good household spent nearly 40 years constructing their dairy empire and inside days, it turned nonexistent.

The Mypolonga farm is run by David Good, his three sons and son- in-law, all of whom are actually wanting for brand new jobs and a brand new lifestyle.

Floodwaters have just peaked at nearby Mannum, with SES satellite tv for pc knowledge displaying greater than 3,400 properties have been inundated by the River Murray flood.

David Good’s daughter Katrina Moore mentioned though the household labored tirelessly to guard their farm, the scenario turned extra rapidly than anticipated.

500 cows being moved from flooding dairy farm
The Good household’s dairy cows had been moved to increased floor.(Equipped: Katrina Moore)

“We thought we had a number of days, then out of the blue one evening we received a cellphone name saying the levee financial institution has breached, and the water is coming in quick,” she mentioned.

“So from then on it was just about all arms on deck to get the cows to increased floor.”

Farm fully submerged

Because the levee break grew greater, the household was left to play what Mrs Moore described as “a ready recreation”, to see how a lot increased the water would get.

As a precaution, the household started clearing out the dairy farm’s milking robots and workplace.

However quickly, your entire property could be utterly submerged.

“The whole thing. The paddocks, the milking shed … the whole lot is below,” Mrs Moore mentioned.


Flood waters inundating a farm with machinery in the water
A household has been left devastated after their farm flooded at Mypolonga.(Equipped: Katrina Moore)

After the farm was inundated, the Good household made the heartbreaking resolution to promote their dairy farm.

“Nobody actually needed to promote the farm,” Mrs Moore mentioned. 

“It is what we’ve to do to reside, as a result of we won’t hold going the way in which we’re.

“Dad all the time mentioned he was increase the farm for the way forward for us youngsters.

“And as soon as the [milking] robots got here, we thought we’d be set for our youngsters sooner or later … now for that to only all be gone — it is onerous.”

Discovering work elsewhere 

The long run is unsure for the Good household, as they arrive to phrases with not solely the lack of their dairy farm, however their livelihoods too.

“My husband goes to have to search out work some other place, as are all my brothers,” Mrs Moore mentioned.

“Nobody’s actually positive about what they need to do, or the place they need to go.

‘We have actually all the time been on the farm collectively … and now it is simply all gone and we’re all going to need to go our separate methods.”

Flood waters surrounding a farm with trees in the water.
The Good household say the flood has compelled their hand they usually plan to promote.(Equipped: Katrina Moore)

Whereas they look ahead to the water to recede, which may take years, the household will slowly start to promote their dairy cows, milking robots and any equipment from their dairy enterprise.

“We will not promote the paddocks [yet], however we are able to promote the whole lot else,” Mrs Moore mentioned.

“It is devastating that that is the case now.

“Most individuals on the market most likely suppose it is just a few swaps — they will recover from it, but it surely’s greater than that to us.”

Strolling 500 head of cattle to security

Katrina’s father David Good has been a Mypologna native for 43 years.

The lack of his household’s dairy farm was devastating, he mentioned.

Mr Good mentioned as soon as the levee broke, the household relied on the help of the group to stroll greater than 500 of his dairy cows 3.5 kilometres, to the security of a better paddock on one other farm.

“Each time we made a plan one other street received closed due to water, so we needed to hold altering it,” he mentioned.

500 cows walking on the road
 Over 500 Mypolonga dairy cows had been walked to increased floor. (Equipped: Katrina Moore)

“We’re on a neighbouring farm just a little bit additional up the street and milking is taking endlessly and is admittedly onerous work.

“That was one of many driving factors within the resolution that we made [to sell the farm].”

The place the cows would as soon as stroll themselves into the dairy shed to be milked robotically, the Good household are struggling to take advantage of the animals utilizing a rotary system and an infection is an issue.

Mr Good mentioned the present focus was on getting the cows milked and right into a wholesome, saleable situation.

“I would hate for them to go to meatworks after 40 years of breeding, but it surely could be the one choice,” he mentioned.

Reduction funding ‘a nothing determine’

In a joint-funding association, the federal and state governments have supplied these in flood-affected areas of South Australia an additional $126 million in relief funding, with main producers in a position to declare restoration grants as much as $75,000.

However Mr Good mentioned that cash wouldn’t assist.

Mypolonga levee breach
A levee breach was the principle reason for inundation to the Good household’s dairy farm.(Equipped: Katrina Moore)

“It is a nothing determine actually, the prices concerned in day-to-day working have quadrupled for us, and $75,000 will not final us every week,” he mentioned.

“It is not going to get my farm again.

“One of many key elements within the resolution [to sell the farm] was making an attempt to maintain the household collectively. If we saved going the way in which we had been going it most likely would’ve damaged the household.

“It is simply not sustainable for me to maintain going.”

‘Everybody simply got here out and helped’

All through the ordeal, Mr Good mentioned the local people banded collectively to supply their help.

“The day we needed to maneuver the cows, everybody simply got here out and helped,” he mentioned.

“I’ve received aid milkers coming in tomorrow morning to provide two of us a morning off … it is simply small issues, however they’re enormous.

“One of many hardest issues is, after we constructed our home, we constructed it with a view; each time I stroll out the door I see water, and it is simply heartbreaking.”

Restoration grants for flood-affected main producers might be accesses by calling 1800 931 314 or visiting the South Australian Division of Main Industries and Areas’ web site.