Getting produce and feed to Milton has become cheaper and easier, with a ban on B-doubles travelling on the Princes Highway south of Nowra lifted during the drought.
Farmers paid freight costs of up to $4.50 per kilometre for a 25-tonne load, instead of the more economic price of $5.5 per kilometre for a B-double load, which holds 50 tonnes.
Robert Miller, who owns a dairy farm at Stony Hill, Milton, said the relaxed restriction would benefit farmers in the region.
“We are very happy to see it this. We will now have a place to unload B-doubles on our farm,” he said.
“It is only for five months, until the end of the December.”
However, the change does not allow the larger trucks to go through Milton and to Ulladulla due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic.
Mr Miller praised the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for the decision to lift the ban.
“I have been in discussions with RMS for a number of weeks about this and the lift came through about a week ago,” he said.
“They were really positive and assisted in every way they could. They understood the extremities of the drought and understood the advantages to farmers of the lower freight rates.”
Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis also praised the RMS for the decision.
Mrs Sudmalis said she had spoken to farmers in the electorate that said they are “exhausted”.
”This is a tragedy that could unfold and no one understands how bad it is,” she said.
“I spoke with a farmer from the back of Nowra, and he said this is the time we all need to get together and make a big push so people are aware there is a problem.”