Ru­ral Aid apol­o­gises for mouldy hay

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

RU­RAL Aid has apol­o­gised to farm­ers who re­ceived mouldy hay last Wed­nes­day.

This comes af­ter six trucks de­liv­ered 273 bales of hay to Stan­thorpe from the Ru­ral Aid Buy a Bale pro­gram.

Gen­eral man­ager Wayne Thom­son said he had con­tacted the farm­ers who re­ceived the bales.

“It looks like there was a truck that was dodgy,” Mr

It looks like there was a truck that was dodgy.

— Wayne Thom­son

Thom­son said.

“The hay guys are or­der­ing fresh hay for every­body, they’ll all get new hay.”

He said they or­dered new hay and hoped it would ar­rive in Stan­thorpe within the next two weeks.

One of the farm­ers who re­ceived the mouldy hay was Dalveen cat­tle pro­ducer Si­mon Hird.

“I put a cou­ple of bales out and my cat­tle won’t go any­where near it,” he said.

“You just crack the bale open and it’s real wet and it stinks.”

Mr Hird shared some of his hay with neigh­bour­ing farmer An­drew Bryant.

Mr Bryant was con­cerned the mouldy hay could make the cat­tle sick.

“It should have been no ques­tion, here’s some good hay for your cat­tle.”

Mr Thom­son said Ru­ral Aid paid good money for the hay de­liv­ered from Too­goolawah, in the Kil­coy re­gion.

“We buy ev­ery­thing sight unseen. We buy it from a farmer as­sum­ing it’s okay,” Mr Thom­son said.

“I as­sume they looked at it when they loaded it on their truck. If there’s a prob­lem we’ll go back to the farmer we bought it from.”

He said no-one brought any com­plaints to him dur­ing the Wed­nes­day de­liv­ery.

“We’re de­liv­er­ing tens of thou­sands of tonnes of hay and this is the first com­plaint I’ve re­ceived.”

Ru­ral Aid has con­tacted the farm­ers who were im­pacted.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

BAD BATCH: An­drew Bryant is dis­ap­pointed in the low-qual­ity hay farm­ers re­ceived.

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