Farm­ers send hay to where sun still shines

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Smith

KIND ACT: Monto’s Reg Kerle stocked up on hay right be­fore the Fe­bru­ary 21 floods. He has de­cided to do­nate the lot to drought-stricken farm­ers around Lon­greach.

Reg Kerle: They have al­ready had their chance for rain this year and missed out. I feel re­ally sorry for those blokes.

REG Kerle is the type of bloke who be­lieves in karma.

So now that he has no use for the 120 bales of hay sit­ting in his shed, he is do­nat­ing the lot to drought-stricken farm­ers at Lon­greach through Buy a Bale.

“I’m a big be­liever in what goes around comes around,” the Monto farmer said.

“I’ve had Blaze Aid here help­ing me af­ter the flood. I don’t even ques­tion it, it’s al­ways been me to help out when I can.

“There’s no rea­son for cat­tle to be dy­ing out there when I’ve got feed sit­ting here.”

Mr Kerle wanted to call on other farm­ers who might have had hay dam­aged dur­ing the re­cent flood to think of their west­ern coun­ter­parts.

“Lots of the hay got dam­aged in the flood so it’s not worth much any­more. But within rea­son, some is still good enough to do­nate,” he said.

“I know a bloke who had a herd of 4000 breed­ers out there (around Lon­greach).

“Now he’s down to just 15 steers that he’s hand feed­ing.

“They have al­ready had their chance for rain this year and missed out.

“I feel re­ally sorry for those blokes.”

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil­lors John Bowen and LoftyWendt were the con­tact peo­ple for lo­cal farm­ers want­ing to do­nate hay, and said they only re­ceived of­fers from Mr Kerle and one other Gayn­dah farmer so far.

“We are re­ally hop­ing for a lot more sup­port,” Cr Bowen said.

“In the drought last year North Bur­nett got free hay de­liv­ered to us and it would be good to re­turn the favour.”

He said it would be help­ful for the Buy a Bale courier if some­one would put up their hand and make a cen­tral place where peo­ple could drop off hay dona­tions.

He noted also farm­ers should be wary about do­nat­ing flood-dam­aged hay in case it was mouldy.

To do­nate phone Mr Bowen on 0458 625 961 or Mr Wendt on 0458 625 950, or com­plete the on­line form at www.buya­

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