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Helping support Australia's rural communities and Aussie farmers.

Providing tangible resources to drought affected communities. Stock feed, Money, & Volunteers.
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Welcome to Buy a Bale

Supporting Aussie farmers and rural communities throughout Australia. This drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle.

All donations to our drought assistance campaign have a four fold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. Donations towards our Farmers card inject immediate cash into the rural towns, city cash going bush. Finally what hay we deliver saves farmers cash that they can continue to spend on other items.

Australia, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people.
Thank you on behalf of our farmers for your support.

Our Partners

Hay Mate Hay at Tamworth

Thanks to the generosity of all those that participated and donated at the Hay Mate Concert in Tamworth last month.

Rural Aid is now returning to give drought stricken farmers a much needed hand in the form of hay.  Rural Aid will be bringing in over 30 truckloads of hay which will equate to over 2000 large square which will be distributed to over 250 farmers in and around the immediate Tamworth area.  Most of the hay is due to be collected on 11th of December, Tuesday.

We will have staff on the ground beginning Sunday night.  It will be a fantastic day and we hope that this goes, in some small way, to helping the farmers as we finish what has been a very tough 2019.

Phoebe Jay Music

Young Australian Country singer Phoebe Jay joins with one of the world’s greatest guitarists Tommy Emmanuel to raise funds for Rural Aid’s Suicide Prevention Campaign with Free Air.

Phoebe Jay is a young country music singer songwriter, living around the cane-fields of Bundaberg. This wonderfully, talented young Australian singer’s melodic tones and harmonies mix traditional, classic country with a twist creating a new and vibrant sound.

Now, national number one with single Rollercoaster Ride under her belt she sets out to bring awareness to the issue Australian Farmer Suicide with the release of her next album Free Air featuring Tommy Emmanuel to help raise funds for Rural Aid’s Suicide Prevention Campaign.  Bringing awareness of our rural people and the wider community who are at risk of taking their own lives.



Our Corporate Sponsors

Rural Aid’s Tracy Alder delivering hampers to Janette

Rural Aid delivering much-needed feed to Janette Shipton’s drought-ravaged farm near Tamworth. Her family has also been struggling to keep warm during the freezing winter. Rural Aid’s Tracy delivering hay with Club Maitland City, hampers to farmers and to Janette, a woodfire heater after hers broke apart leaving her to keep her family of 5 warm.


Woolworths announced its support of Rural Aid, in a partnership that will help double the charity’s existing capacity in the next 12 months to support Australian farmers and rural communities impacted by the drought. 

Please help us support drought affected farmers by donating at any of Woolworths 1000 outlets across Australia. Woolworths has already donated $1.5 million to us, which means we can now double the amount of feed and support that we can give to Aussie farmers doing it tough

Look for the BuyaBale option at the checkout next time you shop.

The support from Woolworths will also allow Rural Aid to increase the number of counsellors they have supporting farmers and their families impacted by mental health issues as a result of the drought.


TOMRA is partnered with Buy a Bale of Hay to help raise much-needed funds for feed, water and fuel. NSW recyclers can donate their Return and Earn container deposit refunds at any reverse vending machine, allowing 10-cent refunds on eligible drink containers to be donated to those affected by the drought.

NSW recyclers can donate their Return and Earn container deposit refunds at any reverse vending machine. But for those residents looking to donate to farmers immediately they can use a special ‘Buy a Bale’ barcode when visiting any of the 270 RVMs across the state.

The money will go towards rural NSW farmers and communities struggling to survive the harsh drought plaguing the state – providing them with much needed support like hay and other essentials to give them a fighting chance in these tough times.

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Qantas Drought Relief

Qantas has partnered with charity Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries and mental health counsellors for farming communities struggling to survive the worst drought conditions parts of Australia have seen in decades.

The program includes an immediate $1 million cash donation by Qantas to Rural Aid, followed by a number of Qantas and Jetstar appeal initiatives to raise another $1 million with your help. We’ll match these fundraising efforts, with the aim of providing the charity with a total donation of $3 million by the end of 2018.


"Thank you Buy a Bale for the opportunity to support our farmers. We live in a drought affected community and see the starving cattle being drove along the roadside, we see the town getting quieter as business slows because farmers are struggling, we see the land void of fodder"

- Glenn and Natarsha Bovey