Optimistic outlook

By Emma Carinci on May 24, 2016
  • Optimistic outlook

    Leon Ash has been dairy farming his whole life and has no plans to change that.

Kanyapella dairy farmer Leon Ash said with an election pending, the rally brought into question some relevant items.

Mr Ash said dairy farmers present at the rally needed to look at the election as an opportunity to ensure they elected the party that would best represent their needs and those of the farming communities.

‘‘That’s going to be our key to the future,’’ Mr Ash said.

Although his supplier has not cut its milk price, Mr Ash was concerned for fellow farmers and the industry.

Regardless of the price farmers were being paid for milk, Mr Ash said the cost of production was a major concern.

‘‘This year our cost of production has gone up (in the 2015-16 season). Most of that comes from the price of water.

‘‘I’ve lost $100000 in my income and spent $100000 borrowing water.’’

Despite the massive shock in recent weeks, Mr Ash is still optimistic about dairying.

‘‘I’ve seen times worse than this and we’ve been okay,’’ he said.

Mr Ash planned to stay on the farm as long as he could.

‘‘I’ve been doing this for so long now.’’

By Emma Carinci on May 24, 2016

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