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Victoria Farmer Loses 300,000 Chickens in Flood

by 5m Editor
18 January 2011, at 9:33am

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - The flooding in Queensland that attracted so much world media attention in the last weeks is now hitting the state of Victoria.

A central Victorian poultry producer says about 300,000 chickens drowned when sheds at its Serpentine farm were flooded on Saturday (15 January), reports ABC.

Hazledene's Chicken's Vicki Gaudion estimates the loss will cost the company up to A$5 million.

Ms Gaudion says it only took an hour to flood the sheds.

She told ABC: "On Saturday afternoon, I received a call from the SES saying it was only two hours away, and we still believed we could have saved the farm but it was just too big.

"We had it coming from three fronts – from Bendigo, from the overflowing Goulburn Murray channel, and also from Serpentine. So we had no hope of saving the farm."