We suffered drought too
I FEEL very sorry for the farmers in Queensland and NSW who are experiencing a very bad drought.
In all my 86 years, Toodyay has always had a winter.Read more
The driest year I remember was 1969 when we had a semi-drought.
The early crops survived but we had very little grass.
The winter started early, then the rain stopped for a long time.
The ground got too cold with white frosts and the grass could not grow until September.
Some farmers were going out in the Julimar State Forest and cutting the tops out of the blackboy trees to feed their stock.
The rushes were quite bitter but the centre of the top is very sweet – you can eat it yourself if you are lost in the bush.
I had 30 cows and over 1000 sheep and fed my stock on Bamboo shoots and canes and was lucky to have lots of Jam and Wattle trees on my farm.
The sheep love the seeds and leaves from the Jam and Wattle trees and the cows kept in full milk, with lots of cream in it, from the bamboo which they loved eating.
The day might come when we might have a drought again so farmers should plant some Bamboos, Wattle, Jam and some Tagasaste trees.
Clover is also good as it seeds on top of the ground and just under the surface of the soil and sheep will dig it up.