Newcastle Jockey Club’s Buy A Bale Hunter race day hay delivered to drought-stricken farmers

Money raised at Newcastle Jockey Club’s Buy A Bale Hunter race day has transformed into loads of hay for struggling drought-stricken farmers.

The first truck load was delivered to Martindale, west of Denman, on Thursday afternoon. 

The race day, which was held in March, raised $20,000 for the Buy A Bale Hunter campaign – a partnership between the Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Dungog Chronicle, Scone Advocate, Hunter Valley News and charity Rural Aid. 

The campaign has given Hunter farmers more than $560,000 worth of help with hay, water, groceries and freight. Many farmers still need help to survive.

For more information about Buy A Bale, or to donate, visit