18 May 2020

The big dry: Hawke's Bay farmers face tough decisions

From Nine To Noon, 9:32 am on 18 May 2020

As the drought in Hawke's Bay becomes particularly acute, farmers are being faced with crucial decisions about what to do with their stock. As Covid-19 was cutting a swathe across the world, large parts of New Zealand were being officially declared in drought. Hawke's Bay has had it really tough, with below-average rainfall for the past seven months. What's the real toll on farmers of having to feed out everyday, while grass stays stubbornly brown? Kathryn is joined by Jim Galloway, president of Hawke's Bay Federated Farmers, Lochie MacGillivray, co-chair of the Rural Advisory Group and Diana Greer, a farmer's wife who's rounded up others in the district to put food on tables.