Southern Downs gives drought-affected farmers helping hand
MORE than eight semi-trailer loads hay from Warwick and Killarney have already made it to drought-devastated farms in Longreach this year - and there's more to come.
As barren properties in western Queensland continue to de-stock, the message from Warwick is clear - hay, we're here to help.
Farmers from across the Southern Downs continue to donate paddocks of hay as the big dry continues.
The Community Disaster Relief Van team have already received two semi-trailer loads of hay this week from generous local farmers.
Forty round bales have been donated by Swan Creek farmer John Gosen, who has already sent 100 bales out to Longreach this year.
Greg Carey from Carey Bros Butchers has also donated to the cause, with 66 of his round bales also destined for the drought-ravaged west.
The 100 bales will be sent to Longreach within a week.
CDRV team member Brian Myer is calling for more donations, as desperate graziers line up for all the hay they can get to keep their stock alive.
"There is an increased need for soft grassy hay for the properties in the Longreach region," he said.
"The types of hay that would be good include Rhodes, grassy Lucerne, Bluegrass, Bambatsi, and Pangola."
The CDRV team are also looking for donations of bags of chaff and QuickLick.
Mr Myer said local farmers had been a huge support in donating their hay and paddocks.
"Please consider donating hay or sponsoring some bales of hay - this is a vital need that has been gratefully received," he said.
"There have been some incredible local businessmen working tirelessly to source, manage, receive and organise these loads."
To donate hay or sponsor a bale, phone Brian Myer on 0447 968 800.
Cash donations can be made by direct deposit to Westpac BSB: 034-226 ACC: 268785.
Or by cheque to CDRV Outback Relief Fund, PO Box 439, Warwick QLD 4370.