Topics:  boyne valley, dairy, floods

Paish family forced to dump 10,000 litres of milk into dam

Dave and Leonie Paish's dairy farm in the Boyne Valley has been cut off since Tuesday night.
Dave and Leonie Paish's dairy farm in the Boyne Valley has been cut off since Tuesday night. Contributed

THE Paish family still hadn't got the cows back in the paddocks since the January floods - now, the area is back under water.

The dairy farmers' Velvet Waters property has been cut off by floods since Tuesday evening, and Leonie Paish said she didn't expect to get out until the end of the week.

On Wednesday she and husband Dave were forced to dump 10,000 litres of milk into their dam because tankers couldn't reach the farm to collect it.

It's another cruel blow after the family was hit hard by the Australia Day floods, losing 70 head of cattle, and dumping 20,000 litres of milk.

"That's a loss of 55 cents a litre," Mrs Paish said.

"And all the expenses still there. We're still feeding the cows, and still paying staff."

If the floodwaters don't drop before the weekend, Mrs Paish said they would have to dump another load of milk.

"It's so frustrating - the cows are hungry, they're living on donated feed that was brought in after the January floods," she said.

"Most of our fencing was gone so we couldn't get them back out to most paddocks - and now after all that work we've done trying to fix it, it's probably gone again."

Leonie Paish and daughter Billie.
Leonie Paish and daughter Billie. Christopher Chan GLA020213BOYN

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