Australia’s leading rural charity Rural Aid has delivered multiple trailers of hay to farmers recovering from the recent New South Wales floods.
Eight trailer loads have been delivered in and around the Taree area in the past week, with 23 farmers receiving almost 350 hay bales in total.
Today, 13 farmers registered with Rural Aid were today invited to Taree South to collect their bales.
The fodder drop follows Rural Aid’s week-long volunteer efforts on Oxley Island dairy and beef farms. Last week, 20 volunteers helped five farmers repair fences, clear debris and wash down milk vats.
Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said it was important to offer the Mid North Coast farmers as much help as possible.
“These farmers have just been putting one foot in front of the other, as they try and recover from the recent, devastating floods.”
“Rural Aid can provide disaster affected farmers with financial, mental wellbeing, and fodder assistance.
“These resources give our farmers a bit of breathing room, in the midst of a crisis,” Mr Warlters said.
Today’s hay drop was made possible by Bushells and generous Rural Aid donors, including a Rural Aid-registered farmer near Scone. The primary producer from Woolooma received hay during the drought, but is now enjoying a better season and decided to generously donate trailers of hay to flood affected farmers.
“It’s truly humbling to see the lasting impact of Rural Aid’s efforts within the farming community,” Mr Warlters said.
“We can’t thank Rural Aid’s wonderful supporters and donors enough.”
Rural Aid’s efforts in and around Taree are part of Rural Aid’s Disaster Assistance program. The program provides practical support and resources to farmers and rural communities before, during and after disasters such as drought, flood and fire.
To register with Rural Aid for assistance, please go to www.ruralaid.org.au
For more information, contact Ash Whittaker from Rural Aid media on 0447 116 757 or firstname.lastname@example.org