Rural Aid apologises for mouldy hay
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
“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.
BAD BATCH: Andrew Bryant is disappointed in the low-quality hay farmers received.