Gold Coast thoroughbred racing facility Aquis Farm has donated 480 bales of hay to drought stricken farmers in Western Queensland, after perfect growing conditions at the farm’s many paddocks created a massive stockpile.
The 10 truckloads of large premium grass hay will be distributed to farmers by Buy a Bale, a rural charity that is currently helping farmers across drought areas of Queensland and NSW.
Aquis Farm’s Justin Fung said it was important that Queensland businesses helped out farmers who were doing it tough.
“Aquis Farm is pleased to partner with Buy a Bale, which is providing meaningful and tangible support for farmers who have no feed left for their cattle by delivering hay and other essential items,” he said.
“Many farmers have been forced to destock due to lack of feed or ability to fund the feed and this has had a devastating impact on their livelihood.
“We hope our little bit of excess can make a real difference.”
Buy a Bale spokesman Charles Alder said the hay would make a real difference to those receiving it and it showed rural communities they were still top of mind.
“While some areas have received rain, the financial drought will continue for years and our rural communities still need a lot of support. From our farmers, thank you Aquis,” he said.
Aquis Farm is a thoroughbred racing, boarding and breeding facility on the Gold Coast. Located on over 447 hectares, the Farm caters for all aspects of the racing and breeding industry including racing, pre-training, spelling, agistment, walking on mares, foaling down or sales preparation.
Aquis Farm is wholly owned by the Hong-Kong based Fung family, which is also progressing plans for an $8 billion integrated resort development at Yorkey’s Knob in Far North Queensland and operates Casino Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).