MAKING IT THROUGH: The Cross family - Phoebe Cross 2, John Thompson, Emily Cross, Zoe Cross 1, Cherylyn Cross and Asta Breen 1.
MAKING IT THROUGH: The Cross family - Phoebe Cross 2, John Thompson, Emily Cross, Zoe Cross 1, Cherylyn Cross and Asta Breen 1. Nicole Zurcas

The people who were missing from Farm Aid

AS COMMUNITY members gathered in support of our local farmers at Channel Nine's Farm Aid Telethon, there were a few key people absent.

Our heroes of the land themselves were working hard to feed stock and manage crops in the wake of drought.

Visiting the telethon with the kids, Emily Cross said neither her husband nor father-in-law could get away.

"There's a lot that needs to be done now more than ever,” Mrs Cross said.

The fourth-generation Hebel farmers are pulling up their sleeves battling the costs of drought.

"We're herding around 4000 sheep at the moment, which you could imagine to be quite costly,” Mrs Cross said.

"Each day is about making sure there's enough feed to go around.”

The Cross family has farmed in the region for 100 years and said droughts come and go but this one has had a severe effect.

"My husband's grandfather is 92-years-old, still does what he can and said this is the worst he's ever seen it,” Mrs Cross said.

"It's just very dry and it keeps getting worse each time we go out there.”

Each day is a hurdle for the sheep farmers, not knowing what is going to come at them.

"At the moment we've started scrub cutting and buying feed,” Mrs Cross said.

"But it's just so unpredictable, all you can do is try to be prepared and see what happens.”

AgForce Queensland Farmers were at today's event, rallying for supporting stronger policy settings for drought protection.

CEO Michael Guerin said as a nation we needed to strengthen environmental, economical and social effects of drought.

"We need to invest in environmental and biosecurity methods to support farmers' landscape managements,” Mr Guerin said.

"Building the appropriate infrastructure such as water managements and roads will strengthen our abilities against drought.

"The nation is doing a great job confronting short-term solutions to assist farmers but we need to look at the bigger picture.”

With many young farmers rising through the ranks, Mr Guerin said a sustainable industry was needed for them to enter.



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