NSW Farmers and the NSW Sugar industry have worked together to coordinate the distribution of almost 600 tonnes of sugar cane billets to desperate livestock producers on the northern Tablelands.
In a clear demonstration of farmers helping farmers in need, fourth generation cane grower Tom Walsh donated the fodder after the crop was impacted by fire.
The quick thinking farmer from Wardell knew the cane residues had to be moved as soon as possible to hold its livestock feed value and he knew the plight of fellow farmers in drought ravaged northern NSW.
A call to NSW Farmers resulted in a flurry of activity and NSW Farmers Members from Walcha to Warialda eagerly began coordinating delivery of the fodder to those most in need.
At the time of writing, eight loads of the much needed livestock feed was on its way to farms in the New England region only days after Mr Walsh offered it to drought affected farmers.
There was also much activity at the Walsh’s farm to get the fodder off to where it was needed. Cane farmers, the Richmond River Canegrowers Association and the NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative all lent a hand to get the billets off the paddock and into trucks for transport to the Tablelands.
It truly is a good news story in a time of drought across much of NSW and the Walsh family and the North coast sugar industry should be applauded for their efforts in assisting fellow farmers in need.
In another good news story, NSW Farmers is one of four groups involved in a high profile campaign to raise funds for drought affected farmers.
The “We’re for the Bush” appeal will raise funds for farmers for food and fodder gift cards from IGA and CRT Stores to be distributed by the Salvation Army.
We hope you support the campaign in whatever way you can, even if it is just spreading news about it.
While the appeal rolls out and drives drought recognition NSW Farmers will be continuing to lobby state and federal government on drought assistance.
For further information about the appeal visit our www.nswfarmers.org.au or donations can be made at any Commonwealth Bank Branch.