Surplus feed needed for flooded farmers

The flooding in the Eastern Bay of Plenty has put some farms under water as well. File photo.

Farmers across the North Island with surplus feed are being asked to donate it to aid flooded farmers around Edgecumbe.

Hay Man Limited co-owner Jason Hill is behind the drive, and is providing logistical support at no cost.

He says they've had a number of farmers come on board already, with about 15 truck and trailer loads of feed donated so far.

“But that's just a drop in the ocean of what the farmers are going to need around Edgecumbe. It will be ongoing, with so many farms still under water or silt,” says Jason.

“We're also looking for any trucking companies that can contribute towards the cartage side of things.”

He says Federated Farmers are providing a list of farmers who need the feed, and rating them by who is most in need. Hay Man will then deliver the feed to farmers in the district.

“We just need more people to donate, and for farmers to put their hands up if they need it. Farmers can sometimes be bad at putting their hand up and saying they need help, so it's important they do speak up.”

Hay Man's storage sheds filled with hay and straw were badly affected in the recent floods, but that hasn't stopped them doing what they can to help.

“We've coordinated drought relief in the past, and now unfortunately it's Edgecumbe's turn for flood relief.”

If you can help out in any way, either by supplying feed or transport, contact Jason on 0274585295.



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