Farmers respond to call for emergency fodder

bush-fireSince the St Patrick’s Day fires, 180 farmers have generously donate fodder through the Victorian Farmers Federation.

“The VFF fodder drive is focused on emergency fodder to keep animals alive and we have delivered over 160 loads to affected properties”, said UDV President Adam Jenkins.

The coordinated response providing support to farmers in need is led by our local UDV Policy Councillors in conjunction with local groups such as the Lions Club, BlazeAid, Aussie Helpers and Rural Aid.

“These organisations have worked well together managing the logistics of the generous fodder donations to ensure timely delivery to those farmers in need”. Farmers affected by fire are now moving into the recovery phase – we encourage all those affected by the fires to continue to work with their insurance companies, banks and consultants. WestVic Dairy and Agriculture Victoria also have excellent resources around fire recovery.

Agriculture Victoria is still on the ground assessing fire damaged properties. While they have assessed the most affected farms with livestock, any ongoing issues should be reported to the animal health team on 5336 6721.

“We still have two peat fires burning and those within a 1km radius need to continually monitor health warnings”.

“We will continue to work behind the scenes to secure long term assistance for the 200 plus farmers affected by the fires”, said Mr Jenkins.

“As farmers ourselves, we will continue to work hard for those in need. If you want to donate good quality fodder please contact the VFF on 1300 882 833”.

People wishing to donate funds to farmers affected by the fires can do so through the VFF Disaster Relief Fund www.vff.org.au/donation .

Useful resources: 
• Agriculture Victoria Farm Recovery after Bushfire
• http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/emergencies/recovery/farm-and-land-recovery-after-bushfire
• WestVic Dairy
• Dairy Community Support Worker for confidential counselling and material aid

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