Many heed the call
Help for drought affected farmers continues to flow in, with the support overwhelming according to coordinators.
Barooga Lions Club president Linda Ryder said support had been strong, with people doing everything from running Parma for a Farmer nights and donating funds to the Need for Feed Disaster Relief, to donating hay, time and goods for hay runs to NSW.
‘‘I had an older gentleman ring me up last week. He’s a former dairy farmer and he was asking where he could drop off a cheque,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s donations coming from everywhere.’’
With the response growing, Ms Ryder said there had been overwhelming support for the upcoming hay run from August 31 to September 2.
However, as drought conditions continue and feed runs low, Ms Ryder said the group was ramping up calls for donations of Maxcare and ProfeLAC Gold lamb and calf milk powder.
‘‘They’ve already lost 60 per cent of breeding stock,’’ she said.
‘‘If we can keep the little fellas alive for a couple of months, hopefully the rain will come.’’
Bunbartha local Beaudine Clark is one of many lending a helping hand.
After seeing the Need for Feed hay run promoted on Facebook, it was a quick decision for Ms Clark and her partner to lend their support.
Having collected goods from half a dozen businesses to donate, she said more than 100 farms would benefit from the hampers which were a combination of food, cleaning and hygiene products, and pet food.
‘‘I’m just happy to lend a hand,’’ she said. ■ To donate to the August 31 to September 2 hay run to northern NSW or for more information visit: needforfeed.org
Help on way . . . An upcoming hay run will deliver assistance to NSW farmers suffering through drought. With the state 100 per cent drought declared, farmers are offloading their stock in record numbers.Picture: AAP Image/David Mariuz