Donated hay survey: where drought-affected farmers found relief 

Published: November 2018 | Source: NSW Farmers Association

NSW Farmers members accessed donated hay from across the nation. Find out about their experiences and where it all came from.
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Hay has become a precious commodity across NSW. (Pictured: hay bales on Don Wood’s property “Woodsvale” in Kootingal). Photo: Nick Cubbin 

HAY DONATIONS - HOW NSW FARMERS MEMBERS RESPONDED

49% thought that charities buying hay had affected the market price

36% believed charities had a significant effect on price

80% had not accessed any hay from charities

94% of respondents were full producer members

THOSE WHO HAD RECEIVED HAY FROM CHARITIES

35% were registered with a charity

 29%
were approached by a charity or service organisation

 78%
had received one or two deliveries, and have received more than four bales of hay

 76%
rated the quality of the hay as average or excellent

 

WHERE DID THE HAY COME FROM?

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*Deliveries from multiple states included


MEMBERS' FEEDBACK


Here are some individual responses from NSW Farmers' members:

“It was nice to feel appreciated and thought of. But made no real difference as we are buying hay and other feed at increased prices. Donated hay equates to one day’s feeding.”

“When our self-grown dry feed ran out for our beef cattle, we substantially added to our loan to buy feed. We are not aware of donated fodder to this area and heard donating trucks are reluctant to use steep mountain roads.”

"I have not sought hay but like everyone else would certainly appreciate it.”

“Charities should have stayed out of the hay market and not interfered with the price hike. Credit/vouchers should be given to farmers to buy hay. Although good intentions, a very unfair system.”

"Fortunately we do not require help. Neighbours helped us out. We were able to donate and help others.” 


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- Diversifying from beef to hay production


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