Burrumbuttock to Bourke Hay Run provides welcome relief
12 February 2014
Twenty trucks – all driven by volunteers - carted 500 tonnes of hay donated by Riverina farmers in a convoy affectionately called the Burrumbuttock to Bourke Hay Run.
Their 800 km trip last week provided hay bales for nearly 100 people who registered with RFCS in the Bourke, Brewarrina and Wanaaring districts.
Executive Officer / Financial Counsellor at RFCS NSW - Bourke, Sharon Knight said the donation was a collaborative effort, spurred on by Riverina farmer Brendan Farrell, who heard a radio interview and decided he wanted to help.
"As much as anything, this has been a show of goodwill, particularly for the farmers who have been hand feeding stock for nearly two years," Ms Knight said.
"For some people, it has meant they can hold onto their calves a bit longer before they are trucked to market, while others now have feed for stock they have mustered and need to keep in holding yards.
"From a social perspective, some people who hadn't been out at all recently came to the thank you dinner and had the chance to mix with other people for the first time in ages."
Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, Allan Neilson congratulated the farmers from Henty and Burrumbuttock in the Riverina for their generosity.
"The whole event was well organised from start to finish and meant a lot to the local community," Mr Neilson said.
"When the trucks arrived, the Bourke community, including local businesses and forklift operators, rallied in support to unload and distribute the hay.
"People then gathered in town on Saturday night for a thank you dinner to acknowledge everyone involved."
Landholders looking for support to cope with the seasonal conditions can talk to their local offices of Western Local Land Services, which can provide advice to landholders about herd and flock management, water and groundcover management and other issues.
Call 1300 795 299 to contact your Local Land Services office during business hours.