Spreading the fodder around

THE Department of Primary Industries and NSW Farmers have extended their fodder donation register to assist farmers affected by flooding on the North Coast.

"Farmers across the State have thrown their support behind those affected by bushfires - now the fodder donations are also going to farmers hit by recent flooding," DPI regional director Rik Whitehead said today.

"People can now get behind our coastal farmers and help them get back on their feet by donating much-needed grain and fodder."

Even now the ground is still very wet and the advice is to destock damaged pasture where possible to allow it to recover.

Mr Whitehead said coastal graziers from the Tweed to the Hastings had been hit with as many as five floods in the past four years - causing pasture damage across a wide area.

"Pastures in some valleys have barely had a chance to recover before being hit again," he said.

"Even now the ground is still very wet and the advice is to destock damaged pasture where possible to allow it to recover, but of course to do this farmers need an alternative source of fodder."

Mr Whitehead said the fodder donation registry had proven very successful for bushfire victims with more than 200 donations finding their way to farmers in need.

"From small ute loads to semi-trailers full - it has been a fantastic response from across the State.

"Now it is being extended to the coastal areas - we are hoping the response will be just as overwhelming."

People donating fodder are reminded to call the fodder donation line.

"Calling the donation line first to arrange for delivery helps us efficiently plan and co-ordinate the deliveries," said Mr Whitehead.

"If we can link up deliveries with requests it often means the transporter can go direct to the affected stock and save on travel time and double handling.

"Flood-affected landholders requiring fodder should also call the hotline - call the DPI on 1800 814 647 or NSW Farmers on 1300 794 000."

Pledges will be uploaded and made public and also disseminated into the affected local government areas.

Mr Whitehead said affected producers in natural disaster-declared areas may also be eligible for transport freight subsidies on the carriage of livestock and fodder up to a maximum of $15,000 a year.

Topics:  flood recovery livestock oswald

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