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Hay run to help drought-hit farmers

By Alana Christensen

Volunteers from across the country have had their hands full, delivering hay to drought-affected farmers in Queensland, NSW and Victoria in recent months.

They also offered assistance with the recent floods in northern Queensland and fires in Gippsland.

A convoy of trucks made its way through Shepparton on Sunday, delivering much-needed hay and supplies to drought-hit farmers in northern Victoria and the southern Riverina.

Run by Need for Feed Disaster Relief, the event had volunteers from across the country lend a hand, making their way to 100 farms across the region.

Need For Feed Disaster Relief northern Victoria and southern NSW co-ordinator Linda Ryder said the region was ‘‘screwed’’ if it did not rain soon.

With floods in north Queensland, drought in southern Queensland and NSW, and the recent fires in Gippsland, the group has not stopped for the past several months.

Mrs Ryder said the dry conditions were having everyone across the country doing it tough, with requests for help jumping from 150 a month to 400.

With volunteers chipping in wherever they could, Mrs Ryder said the group always needed more funds to be able to continue to lend a helping hand.

After congregating in Nagambie overnight Saturday, the convoy of trucks and volunteers made its way to farms across the region, before meeting up again in Cobram for a barbecue on Sunday night. Farmers and businesspeople were invited to come along for the evening, with local businesses and community groups helping cater the event.

For more information, or to volunteer or donate, visit needforfeed.org