The fires seared through 18.6 million hectares, killing 100,000 sheep and 25,000 cattle, and also wiping out 1250 beehives and 3500ha of vineyards.
Richard got back in touch with some of the farmers he visited, and the rebound has been astonishing.
They’ve had more rain than usual and have more supplementary feed than they can store.
Stock prices are through the roof as buyers look for mouths to eat the growth.
It’s a great follow-up to a tragic story and proof that even when things are at their worst, good times are often just around the corner.
Rural Australia surges on drought recovery
A year after devastating bushfires roared through rural Australia, the worst hit regions are reporting a complete turnaround in fortunes.
Aussie volunteers hope for summer break
Twelve thousand volunteers, $15 million of donations and thousands of kilometres of fences later, the rural Aussie charity BlazeAid can claim to have finished the mammoth task last year’s bush fires set for it.
Investors to be cheered by rising dairy prices
Another strong rise in global dairy prices will spur interest in the listed dairy companies as it points to ongoing demand, in particular from China.
Growing demand for wool fibre
A big year is planned for the Campaign for Wool New Zealand Trust as it shifts its focus to drive the demand for wool fibre.
Tonight on Sarah’s Country:
Roger Young of Cawthron Freshwater Sciences talks about a new online tool to record efforts to improve water quality.
Trev chief executive Scott Townshend explains how his new technology allows farmers to build a database of operational information in a quick and easy format.
Ballance chief executive Mark Wynne outlines the $25 million Future Ready Farms programme.
What are the downsides of robots on-farm? Monash University’s Professor Robert Sparrow explains.