Our Buy a Bale program is providing immediate assistance to flood affected farmers in North West Qld.
After receiving a call from AgForce, Qld’s peak farmer representative organisation, the decision was made on Wednesday 6th at 7am that whilst waiting for possible flights to carry fodder, (the need would well exceed flight capacity) to order up to 50 trailers to head to the southern side of the flooded area around Winton.
We galvanised trucks from South Australia, Mundubbera and Collinsville to carry at least 1500 large square and round bales. These photos below show the hay being loaded in South Australia, in Winton heading out for a series of drop points, then being flown off to properties and finally the SA hay road trains coming through Winton on their way up to Cloncurry and Julia Creek.
Over the week we’ve been in regular contact with all levels of government to provide the best advice and support to meet the most immediate needs. Thank you to all who have given advice, taken our suggestions and help us deliver this fodder in just 5 days.
These few videos show the vast expanse of land that just 48 hrs before was flooded as far as you could see and a helicopter taking bales off to cattle in these paddocks.
Over the coming weeks we’ll monitor the needs and are sure we’ll send more hay as graziers find their cattle strewn all over their properties and call for help.
The rains will help pasture and grass growth but the new green pick that will pop out in the next week is quite toxic. Graziers will continue to feed hay to their cattle to help them get new to the rich new pasture grasses after battling 7 years of drought and low grade feed.