How do you help a farm after an infant dies?
The ABC’s Joanne Murphy is joined by the family of a baby who died at the family farm in Western Australia.
In a time of crisis, it’s hard to keep your own family farm going, but some have been able to keep the family together.
The story of a farm that lost a baby to euthanasia is heartbreaking.
A mother who lost her baby at a family home in 2014 has now found solace in the fact she is now raising her own children, her husband says.
“It’s the most incredible feeling that you can imagine, you just feel like you’re making something,” Joanne said.
Joanne says she’s made a commitment to raise her own kids by herself and has taken on the role of foster parent.
Her husband, Jack, is also a farm owner and he helped to raise his own children and was at the farm the day the baby was born.
She was on her own and couldn’t help but notice that the farm had no electricity, water or heat, and that the children’s bedding was filthy and moldy.
After the baby died, Joanne’s husband contacted the State Government to get her the help she needed.
Jack, who has a bachelor’s degree in geology, is a farmer and is now looking for a new career after retirement.
He and his wife, Kelly, have a farm near Perth and she has been doing her own farming since her first baby, a baby named Elsie, was born two years ago.
At the farm, she has four kids aged two to 12.
Kelly is a member of the local animal welfare group, Farmers for Justice, which she says has helped save the lives of hundreds of animals since it started more than 15 years ago and is supported by other local animal groups.
For the past five years, the group has also helped to care for farm animals in other areas, including the state capital, Perth, and the town of East Fremantle.
Their farm is a community asset, said Kelly.
“[The farm] is a sanctuary, it gives us a sanctuary from the world.”
If someone has a problem with someone else, they’re going to have to go through it on their own.
“It gives them the peace of mind to know that they are not alone.
We know what it takes to care [for farm animals] and we’re here to support our farm, and to help other people with their own farm issues.”
The group has helped more than 300 animals since they started in the 1990s, and they are now doing more than 3,000 visits to animal homes every month.
Farmers for justice is a non-profit organisation and the main focus is to support the animals who are in need.
But the group is also committed to ensuring the animals’ welfare and well-being.
It’s a group that helps farm owners who want to adopt a pet animal, and also the animals themselves, said Mr Miller.
They provide advice and support on issues such as how to feed animals, whether they should wear collars or other protective equipment, and when and how to give food to animals.
And it’s a community that encourages people to get involved, he said.
“People who are caring for animals and are supporting them in a way that’s not just feeding them but supporting them to get out there and help out, it really brings a lot of joy to our hearts.”
Joanie is grateful for all of the support she’s been receiving from the community, and said she hopes to find another job after her retirement.
“I’m very happy that I’m doing something that I love doing now,” she said.