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Casino cattle men deliver hay bales to fire affected land

GENEROUS: The men who helped last week including Peter Ludlow, Craig King, NCMC's Geoff Davies, Rob King, NCMC chairman John Seccombe and Doug Bennett.
GENEROUS: The men who helped last week including Peter Ludlow, Craig King, NCMC's Geoff Davies, Rob King, NCMC chairman John Seccombe and Doug Bennett.

WHEN Casino cattle man Doug Bennett saw the burnt wasteland that once was pasture land he was clearly affected by the plight of the farmers.

Along with a group of men, he donated his time to ensure the delivery of 140 bales of hay to farmers on the western plains who lost so much in the bushfires.

While rain continues to pour on the lush paddocks of the Northern Rivers, Mr Bennett met a farmer who had lost 480 head of cattle.

 

DEVASTATION: The land between Coolah and Dunedoo where more hay was delivered.
DEVASTATION: The land between Coolah and Dunedoo where more hay was delivered. Doug Bennett

"You never get over that," Mr Bennett said.

More than 130,000 acres was destroyed in the fire, he said

Photos taken from the cab of Peter Ludlow's truck show a charred landscape between Coolah and Dunedoo.

Mr Bennett described how distressing it was to hear about houses and hay sheds burnt to the ground, the loss of hundreds of cattle and destroyed fencelines that would stretch from Perth to Adelaide and back again, he said.

Darryl and Leanne Boyd from Boyd's Baling were overwhelmed by what was happening to farmers out west.

"We took 48 large square bales to the other side of Dunedoo," Mr Boyd said.

"I work for the meatworks and I heard about it and said, give us a yell and we can do something," he said.

"The people we went to had half their farm burnt out."

North Coast Petroleum supplied the fuel for the Boyds' trip and Northern Cooperative Meat Company donated the hay.

"We drove it down there. People were so appreciative," Mr Boyd said.

Last week's story in the Express Examiner featured NCMC chairman John Seccombe, Peter Ludlow, Doug Bennett, Geoff Davies and Craig and Brock King who delivered 140 bales to Dubbo and surrounds.

Topics:  ncmc northern rivers agriculture


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