Drought is causing many farmers to sell their stock. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News
Drought is causing many farmers to sell their stock. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News Jayden Brown

Drought a shocking sight for farmer's brother

VISITING his brother Peter's farm in Forest Hills, David Anderson was taken aback by the dry and dusty conditions Southern Downs farmers face as drought continues.

After growing up on a farm in New Zealand, the drought-stricken Queensland landscape was a sorry sight for David who was faced with a reality much different to the lush kiwi countryside.

"Here is much drier than New Zealand, but we do have droughts there too," David said.

At the Warwick Pig and Calf sale this morning, he helped his brother auction off some ewe lambs.

Many farmers are trying to sell their stock as dry conditions making farming a struggle.

 

Brothers David and Peter Anderson have bonded on the farm for the first time in 30 years, but the drought put a dampener on the reunion.
Brothers David and Peter Anderson have bonded on the farm for the first time in 30 years, but the drought put a dampener on the reunion. Marian Faa

"People haven't got any feed," Peter said.

But the reunion also fostered fond memories of life in the bush for David, whose career as an engineer has taken him in a different direction to the farming life of his brother.

The two brothers bonded over memories from their childhood, where they learnt to raise cattle and sheep on their parent's farm 80 kilometres from Invercargill.

They recalled a youth of excitement and exploration, where the back fence was nothing more than a hurdle.

"We could spend the whole day outdoors, yabbying and building bush huts," David said.

Peter said the sale went "better than expected" but is still holding out hope for rain so he can restock his mob of cattle.