The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners set off from various locations including Goulburn Valley towns on Wednesday as they transport hay to struggling Queensland farmers.
The majority of the hay that was transported from northern Victoria came from Euroa and Rochester, according to Euroa and District Hay Run Support Team co-ordinator Coll Furlanetto.
‘‘We have 300 rolls from here (her property in Euroa) and 200 from Rochester.
‘‘The Burnewang North Pastoral Company near Rochester donated 200 rolls of hay,’’ she said.
In 2014, Burrumbuttock Hay Runners founder Brendan ‘Bumpa’ Farrell heard about a farmer in Bourke (NSW) who was struggling in the drought. He contacted the farmer and offered to bring him a truck load of hay to help him out. From that the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners was born.
One of the biggest individual hay donors for this most recent run — which officially started from Darlington Point, NSW — Euroa’s John Sargood, donated two semi-trailer loads and said he just wanted to help out.
‘‘We’ve had a fantastic spring. It’s never been as good before. The fellas up north are really doing it tough. We have excess and I’ve been a farmer and been in the rural industry all my life,’’ he said.
Mr Sargood said although he had donated a fair amount of hay, it was the truck drivers who needed recognition.
‘‘These truckies need the real pat on the back. I really take my hat off to these blokes.’’
Mrs Furlanetto agreed that the truck drivers deserved high praise.
‘‘It costs $3000 in petrol for each truckie. The Rotary Club of Sydney will donate some money (to the cause). I’d like to acknowledge the community for their generous donations of fuel,’’ she said.
Mrs Furlanetto described the conditions Queensland farmers were facing.
‘‘It’s just dust,’’ she said.
Mrs Furlanetto couldn’t hide her praise for all the hay runners, and especially for hay run founder Brendan Farrell.
‘‘It’s an absolute joy and I’m proud of everyone,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a testament to Brendan Farrell, who is an absolute legend.’’
Mrs Furlanetto thanked Euroa Rotary Club, which donated hay and fuel, and all volunteers involved.
■Federal Senator Pauline Hanson is also on the run, participating in her third Burrumbuttock Hay Run.