Over the past three years, Hayley has watched on as her farm has suffered. This year has been particularly hard. Her family was forced to make the difficult, but not uncommon, decision to destock and put their property up for sale.
“It’s been the year with the most change, the year that has pushed me past my breaking point,” she says.
“To sell the place that I have called home for most of my life, to sell the animals that we have reared from babies and to give up on their livelihoods, there is only so much that one can take.
“Selling your family farm is like selling a piece of yourself because your farm is you, it’s the thing that you share with your family.”
Hayley's parents have had to destock and put their farm on the market due to the lack of water and zero water allocation.
Photos supplied by Hayley.