Flood Survival Tactics
The donkeys all survived the horror of the flood that devastated their grazing paddocks 5 weeks ago.
Their grass that sustains them was destroyed, their shelters were submerged to the roofs (12feet high), and everything below that height was ruined, including all but one solar powered energiser.
The good news is that the deep water has almost gone. The water laying in middle of the property is evaporating and the channels previously cleaned and deepened, have claimed much of the water, doing the job channels should.
The acres of grass has been drowned but tiny green shoots now appear from beneath the mud, silt and slime. It will be many months before it is fit for grazing. The stockpile of hay is on site to sustain the main herd once they return to their ‘home’ in early June.
In the meantime the 62 head herd has been given access to 3 grassy paddocks by three different neighbours. Two have been eaten down, the third and last will sustain the donkeys until the great day in June, when we turn their heads for home.
And what an exciting home-coming it will be. Donkeys and volunteers will be overjoyed.
In the meantime the donkeys are accessed by volunteers crossing three neighbours’ territories for grooming, hoof care and other essential maintenance. All equipment is carried a long distance weekly on foot over hill and dale. There is no vehiclular access.
Mopping up ‘at home on The Heartland’ is underway with the salvage of many items. Numerous truckloads of wood chips have been spread by a bobcat over the sloppy gateways and within the accessible shelters. Many round bales are stacked for the donkeys’ sustenance, and the supply will be replenished until pastures have recovered sufficiently to be grazed in late spring.
Thanks to everyone who donated to allow The Heartland rejuvenation and provision of hay for the homecoming.
Without your generosity our flood plight would be insurmountable. THANKS AGAIN!
Christine and Team Donkey.
Any questions please call 0497580598. You’re welcome.
The team who courageously led the large herd across neighbouring territories to safe pastures. And who traverse long distances weekly on foot, each carrying sacks of equipment needed to maintain the animals.
One of the many wood chips needed for boggy areas and inside shelters.
A few of the drivers who, in convoy, collected and unloaded hay, trip after trip, for the homecoming in June.
Video: The current and final paddock to be grazed. We are grateful to neighbours who welcomed the stranded donkeys.