Go to: Dino and Pam: family backgrounds | The original farm | From dairying to mixed farming | Weeds to lifestyle blocks | Beans, cucumbers and a lot of bananas | Cyclones and the Tornado | Resumed land, sales and policy changes | Peas, lychees and pumpkins | Bananas in the 1930s | Neighbours | The Future? | Working the farm today | The changing community | Italians and Australians | The growing family | A partnership
Working the farm today
Dino: About ten years now me neighbour does me mustering for me – he’s good. And he’s not dear – he’s more than fair.
Pam: Yeah he’s a great bloke.
Dino: But as I said he’s fifteen years younger and he’s got a horse and dog.
Oh you mean literally musters?
Dino: Oh yeah.
Pam: Yeah because you have to ear tag and everything. They make it more and more expensive for the farmer. They don’t want farmers in this country. Ear tag, and you have to inject them. You gotta make sure they’ve got enough feed obviously, but here is fairly easy because we don’t hand feed but the farm grows good grass, they do well. But it’s just all the expenses now …getting too much. Aren’t they?
Dino: We got a return for bananas the other day; we’re getting the same return we were getting twenty years ago. Ten dollars a carton, but it costs us six dollars just for our carton and the freight.
Pam: Without the work.
Dino: That’s without anything else.
Dino: Twenty years ago it was only about oh – under a dollar and you’re still getting ten dollars but only a dollar costs.
So this is even with the banana industry in the north having had a hiccup [cyclone] or is that all caught up again?
Dino: Yeah well that’s it – it’s oversupply again. But I mean if you’ve gotta wait to make money on somebody else’s disasters….
Pam: It’s not nice.
Dino: That’s worse than winning lotto.
Pam: It’s not nice, but …that’s the way it is.