Farm­ers say ‘hay’ to big fod­der de­liv­ery

De­liv­ery brings farm­ers en­cour­age­ment

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

THERE wasn’t a farmer with­out a smile on their face as they watched six trucks full of hay roll into town yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Cat­tle breeder Renelle Ring and cat­tle pro­ducer Dun­can Cameron pa­tiently lined up for their share in the 273 bales of hay.

Al­though the pair were strangers, they could bond over the fact they knew the fod­der they were tak­ing home was more than just food. It was a glim­mer of hope they would be able to keep their farms run­ning.

MONTHS of fundrais­ing came to fruition as Ru­ral

Aid de­liv­ered 273 bales of hay to Stan­thorpe on Wed­nes­day.

Six trucks car­ry­ing more than $100,000 in fod­der for Gran­ite Belt farm­ers rolled into the show­grounds.

Ru­ral Aid gen­eral man­ager Wayne Thom­son said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had re­quests for help from 4500 farm­ers across the coun­try.

“We’ve re­ally got to look at what can give them a month or six weeks’ worth of feed and look at if it’s not go­ing to rain in that time if they can get some other help or we can be back around in that time,” he said.

Al­though Stan­thorpe has been for­tu­nate to re­ceive re­cent rain, he said many of the farm­ers were still do­ing it tough.

“There’s peo­ple who will never meet them who’ve do­nated money to pay for all of this and that’s a nice feel­ing. It gives them a bit of en­cour­age­ment but hope to con­tinue on,” he said.

“We can’t make it rain but if we can help them in the mean­time, let’s do it.”

One of the farm­ers col­lect­ing hay was bran­gus stud breeder Renelle Ring. She’s had to de­crease her stock to just 11 breed­ers due to the drought.

“We were lucky enough when we were still able we got onto some hay around May or June, that was the last of what the lo­cal sup­plier had,” she said.

“Since then the costs have just gone through the roof.”

She took home 10 bales which she plans to ra­tion out over two months.

“It’s go­ing to make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence, we’ve run out of food, feed for the cat­tle,” Ms Ring said.

“With­out the hay, we’d have to de-stock fur­ther or sell all of our stock.

“To at least be able to give us the hay to keep go­ing, that’s prob­a­bly the main thing, at least we can try to hold on and try to see it through.”

Along with hay, farm­ers col­lected gro­cery ham­pers, dog food, toi­letries and food and fuel vouch­ers, most of which was do­nated by the Gran­ite Belt com­mu­nity.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate what the lo­cals have done. Chris and Dee from the Show­grounds have col­lected a lot of food,” Mr Thom­son said.

“Gran­ite Belt Brew­ery have raised a lot of funds to help. It’s been won­der­ful to have lo­cals sup­port­ing lo­cals.”

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

GRATE­FUL: Renelle Ring and Dun­can Cameron are over the moon about the fod­der be­ing do­nated.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

HELP­ING HAND: Wayne Thom­son, from Ru­ral Aid, meets with farmer Barry Ed­wards.

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