Hay runs keeping livestock alive

By Country News

As the drought continues, hay runs are continuing to deliver supplies to drought-affected farms, with the latest hay run dropping much-needed feed to east Gippsland on the weekend.

Struggling Victorian farmers will get another $5million in drought relief from the state government.

The package includes funding for infrastructure, technical and business support and for ‘off-farm work’ with local catchment management authorities for workers in the Wellington and East Gippsland shires.

‘‘We know some farmers are doing it tough and conditions are dry — that’s why we’re taking action and investing in these initiatives to give these communities the support that they need,’’ Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said last Wednesday.

The Lions Club Need for Feed Disaster Relief-led hay runs have seen thousands of bales of hay — along with calf milk powder, dog food and general supplies — delivered to farmers across northern NSW in recent weeks.

With dry conditions continuing across the eastern states, the charity has ramped up its efforts with hay runs scheduled every month until Australia Day.

The extra effort comes as thousands of dollars from August’s Parma for a Farmer campaign is donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale initiative to further support farmers.

With hay levels around the country decreasing, hay runners have been forced to source hay from far and wide with hopes the coming season will boost stocks.