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Dairy industry counts cost of floods

By Maria Hatzakis, Wednesday January 30, 2013 - 15:53 EDT

Queensland's dairy industry is still assessing the damage of the flood disaster.

The Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation says some properties have been swamped, livestock has been lost and some producers have been isolated.

CEO Adrian Peake says the industry is facing a tough time ahead.

"A lot of farmers still haven't recovered from the impacts, severe flood impacts back in 2010-11 and of course since that time we've had the retail milk price war which has meant that farmers have had lower and suppressed income," he said.

"So it's really been a hard run for our dairy farmers."

He says farmers are preparing for another long haul.

"Farms have been inundated, where families have had to be evacuated off farms," he said.

"We've had some situations of livestock being caught up in floodwaters and so we're still in the process of trying to help those families with emergency needs.

"Some farms we still haven't been able to contact yet."


- ABC

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