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Farmers desperate as Want for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19

Farmers desperate as Want for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19

COVID restrictions enjoy ruined a fodder charity’s plans to return with 30 masses of hay this weekend to assist Mid North Coast farmers hit by the March floods

Key aspects:

  • Want for Feed’s most fashionable hay drop to the Mid North Coast has been postponed due to COVID-19
  • Bigger than 70 requests for assistance were made 
  • The organisation is hoping to total the drop in boring August

The Want for Feed personnel had already delivered 250 semi-trailer masses of hay, but it has since acquired 70 calls for assistance from farmers easy in desperate need.

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“Or no longer it is been postponed due to cases of COVID-19 within the past month or so… in particular cases going up and down the highways,” former Taree Lions Membership president and co-coordinator the Want for Feed Taree hay drop George Greaves said.

“Unfortunately, one of our Want for Feed drivers has been caught up in that as successfully … He stopped at a truck stop the place a COVID case also stopped, so he is in isolation with his family.”

The feed was to be delivered to farmers between Taree and Kempsey. 

Mr Greaves was hoping the drop could well well go ahead in boring August as a substitute. 

A tractor holding two hay bales with 'thanks need for feed' written on them stands in a paddock.

A Taree farmer expressed his thanks to Want for Feed in a extremely visible methodology earlier this year.(

Equipped: Want for Feed Australia


Farmers easy struggling

Sue McGinn owns a dairy farm at Belmore River east of Kempsey, and is a prolonged methodology from being succor on their toes.

“Our farm is easy half of inaccessible … we easy enjoy paddocks that we correct can not accept proper of entry to,” she said.

“There may perhaps be easy water laying in paddocks at the succor since the bottom was correct so inundated and saturated with water.”

The floods wiped out with reference to all of Ms McGinn’s pasture, which is increasingly demanding to re-set aside the chillier it gets.

“Iciness is a season that is terribly demanding to dry out in since the times are short, there is rarely ample warmth for moisture evaporation… Or no longer it is [re-establishing pasture] is something that is no longer going to happen until spring,” Ms McGinn said.

The dearth of pasture on Ms McGinn’s property methodology she has had to hand feed her herd.

A paddock inundated with brown flood water and two cows on a small island.

Fields of pasture had been destroyed by floodwater on Sue McGinn’s property. (

Equipped: Sue McGinn


Want for Feed easy wanted

Ms McGinn said she has relied on organisations like Want for Feed to possess it by device of this a long way.

“We now enjoy passed by device of shed-masses of hay: We could well well receive up the shed, and it is going to be gone, receive up all over again, all be gone,” she said.

And Ms McGinn was no longer by myself, she knew many neighbours and farmer chums that had been in a identical danger to herself.

“Some folks enjoy completed it extra tough than others, for dairy farmers it is been in particular demanding because we build no longer enjoy the option to agist our cattle away because we now enjoy to milk them,” she said.

Dairy cows walking through brown floodwater next to dairy

A dairy in Coopernook fully indundated. (

Equipped: Graham Cockerell


Emergency masses receive the gap

Whereas the mass drop of feed has been postponed, Want for Feed will easy be bringing relief to Mid North Coast farmers within the arriving weeks.

“What we’re doing as a substitute is we’re running up some individual masses for a couple of of folks that are a little bit extra desperate for it,” Want for Feed co-ordinator Graham Cockerell said. 

Graham Cockerell is a Lions Membership member at Beaconsfield in Victoria and the lead coordinator of the Want for Feed mission.

He said individual masses of hay could well perhaps be brought to the Mid North Coast region.

Man sits at office desk filled paper on the phone looking at computer screen.

Graham Cockerell runs a garage and spray-painting shop, but spends a form of time on the Want for Feed initiative. (

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Mr Cockerell said they’ll target the hay to farmers which enjoy known as for assistance but haven’t acquired it in old hay runs.

“We were coming up there basically since the roads opened,” he said.

“We had been up there in March, early April, succor at Easter and nonetheless on ANZAC day and then succor on Queen’s Birthday weekend as successfully.”

Farmers desperate as Want for Feed postpones hay drop due to COVID-19