Feeders donated to help burnt-out farms

24 Jan, 2016 01:00 AM
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Tambellup farmer Kim Oliver (left), Southern Regional Transport Co owner and driver Alan Pierce, Albany, Tambellup farmer and donation co-ordinator Michael White, MilneAgri Group cattle division ruminant feed sales manager Dean Maughan, Tambellup farmer Alan Willmott and dairy farmer Richard Ferraro, Yarloop, with the donated cattle pellet feeders.
Tambellup farmer Kim Oliver (left), Southern Regional Transport Co owner and driver Alan Pierce, Albany, Tambellup farmer and donation co-ordinator Michael White, MilneAgri Group cattle division ruminant feed sales manager Dean Maughan, Tambellup farmer Alan Willmott and dairy farmer Richard Ferraro, Yarloop, with the donated cattle pellet feeders.

THE farming community has mobilised to support farmers in Yarloop and Waroona.

Albany farmer Michael Dunnet has loaned 10 cattle pellet feeders after a request from MilneAgri Group cattle division ruminant feed sales manager Dean Maughan.

On Thursday, three Tambellup farmers and Southern Regional transport owner and driver Alan Pierce, Albany, donated their time and equipment to deliver the feeders to farmers in the area.

"One of these feeders can feed about 80-100 head of cattle, so these will be of great value," he said.

"We knew farmers would be needing feed, so Milne Feeds have helped clients by donating 100 tonnes of pellets.

"There has been a lot of donations of hay - which was great but growing heifers need more.

"We put the call out for anyone who had feeders they could donate or loan out and Mr Dunnet delivered 10.

"The guys from Tambellup and Albany were very generous to donate their transport, time and efforts to deliver the feeders up here, unload them to turn around and go home again."

Mr Pierce said when he first was told about the delivery he was more than happy to help.

"We have all got to help to make this happen, some borrowed trucks or trailers and moved schedules to make sure these people could get these feeders,'' he said.

"A lot of people have lost sheds - this is just one way we can help."

Tambellup farmer and donation co-ordinator Michael White had the assistance of his neighbours Kim Oliver and Alan Willmott to make the delivery happen.

"These will go on loan to farmers in the area," he said.

"We made the delivery and are more than happy to donate our time again or arrange for them to be picked up once they are not needed.

When Farm Weekly went to print on Tuesday donations to the WAFarmers GoFundMe account had reached $26,843 in 10 days.

To donate to affected farmers, call WAFarmers on (08) 9486 2100, email reception@ wafarmers.org.au or visit the GoFundMe page.

WAFarmers has set up a system where growers can donate to farmers via CBH. It has received 25 registrations for donated hay/straw and pellets and/or transport.

p For more information on MilneAgri Group donations contact Dean Maughan on 0419 047 417.

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Jacinta Bolsenbroek

Jacinta Bolsenbroek

is a senior journalist at Farm Weekly

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