THE WA sheep industry has thrown its support behind the Legend Lambs food drive, aimed to add protein to the diets of the needy.
The Nationals WA Foodbank WA drive had almost 450 sheep donated by livestock vendors and buyers at last week's trade sales at Katanning Regional Saleyards and Muchea Livestock Centre.
Once processed, the 448 sheep will equate to 75,000 servings of lamb to help feed WA's hungry and fill the protein gap in their diets.
The initiative was driven by The Nationals Member for the Agricultural Region Paul Brown, South West MP Colin Holt, and hunger relief agency Foodbank.
Main donors included Wellard, which donated 289 sheep and Katanning saleyards, which donated 71 head.
Livestock Shipping Services' Hillside Meat Processors, the WA Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA), York grazier Peter Boyle, Goodchilds, Beaufort River Meats, WAMMCO, Nationals member Colin Holt and Paul Brown through Jennacubbine Livestock Services, Muchea Livestock Centre and Glen Padden also donated.
A futher 65 head were donated by Emanuels Exports, from the surplus left over at its Mundijong feedlot.
Transport companies, Treasures Transport and Stockhaul WA, also jumped on board the initiative, offering free transport of animals donated from saleyards, while Fletcher International, Narrikup, offered to process the lamb down to boxable cuts.
Mr Brown said the drive was a huge success.
"The level of support from the agricultural industry must be commended," Mr Brown said.
"Once again the industry has stepped up to the plate.
"The generosity of the WA farming community is never in question, they are always willing to give and help those that are less fortunate than themselves.
"This is a wonderful initiative from Foodbank and on the back of the generosity we've received, it will become an annual event."
Wellard livestock manager Paul Mahony said the company bought the animals at Muchea and Katanning sales and immediately donated them to Foodbank, in what was the campaign's single biggest contribution.
"As a company that supplies nations in the Middle East and Asia with protein for their citizens, we also have an obligation to support disadvantaged Australian families," Mr Mahony said.
"At the end of the day, these are our neighbours, people in our own community who need support."