Feed on way to NSW farms
A group led by two Esperance farmers will deliver donated feed to drought-affected farmers in Cobar in New South Wales on Australia Day.
The trip is organised by Farmers Across Borders, a not-for-profit group founded in 2014 by Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell.
The pair organised a convoy of 16 road trains carrying 560 tonnes of donated feed from WA farmers in a bid to help drought-stricken farmers in NSW.
Given the severity of the current drought, Ms Starcevich and Ms Bell have again worked with their community to raise more than 3000 tonnes of feed — tripling the amount from 2014.
The hay will be transferred through a convoy of 50 road trains, more than 2km in length, driven by local volunteers and will travel from Norseman, WA to Cobar, NSW, between January 22 and 26.
Some volunteers from regional WA will cover more than 10,000km on their return journey.
Ms Starcevich said the 2014 hay run was the beginning of lifelong friendships and incredible generosity which had led to triple the number of volunteers, road trains and donations this year. “All the volunteers on our first hay run have raised their hand to provide support again,” she said.
“We are blown away by the generosity of our West Aussie farmers, local community and sponsors, all eager to help our fellow farmers still struggling in drought. The current drought is one of the worst in history, with far-reaching consequences that permeate countless communities nationally.
“We are proud that we can provide both moral support and much-needed resources to other farmers in their time of need.”
She said it was crucial that farmers across the country stick together and support each other, as drought was a “horrible thing” that could take years to recover from.
“We’re all farmers and we understand what it’s like, and some farmers in WA haven’t fared so well this year either,” she said.
“It’s fantastic that this is getting so much support.”
Farmers Across Borders will work in conjunction with Lions’ Need for Feed to fund fuel costs and disburse the hay on arrival in Cobar on January 26.
Jeep Australia will provide food and a fleet of support vehicles to assist volunteers throughout their journey.
Farmers Across Borders founders Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell.