Farmers say ‘hay’ to big fodder delivery
Delivery brings farmers encouragement
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.”
GRATEFUL: Renelle Ring and Duncan Cameron are over the moon about the fodder being donated.
HELPING HAND: Wayne Thomson, from Rural Aid, meets with farmer Barry Edwards.