North Burnett farmers get crucial bale-out

Workers from Rural Aid were present to oversee the delivery of the much-needed hay bales to North Burnett farmers last week. Picture: Contributed 257040_01

Farmers in the North Burnett got a welcome respite from the drought gripping the region, with support agency Rural Aid delivery of dozens of donated hay bales last Friday to help offset the ongoing dry conditions.

Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said the hay and its delivery costs were generously donated by a prominent beef and cattle business, who wish to remain anonymous.

“Rural Aid is very grateful for the support of its corporate partners,” Mr Warlters said.

“This hay drop has provided local farmers with enough fodder to take care of their livestock for the next little while.

“This takes a sizable burden off their minds and allows them to spend their money on other necessities.”

The hay deliveries were split over two weeks – one truck arrived Friday 22 October, the other on Friday 5 November; in total, 72 hay bales were delivered to North Burnett farmers.

“The North Burnett is still very much in drought,” Mr Warlters said.

“We’ve heard multiple farmer reports of below average rainfall for the year.

“Our farmers are still pushing on through abnormally dry conditions. Hay drops like these also give farmers a chance to take some time off their property to catch up with their neighbour for a cuppa.

“The benefits from a hay drop certainly don’t stop at the financial level,” Mr Warlters added.

Rural Aid is urging farmers to register and to reach out if they need a hand.

The support agency provides fodder-, financial-, water- and mental wellbeing assistance to registered primary producers, while also supporting rural and regional communities through volunteer-directed working bees, arts projects and other events.

Farmers can register at or by calling 1300 327 624.