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Rural Aid gives helping hand to Millewa farmers

Meringur farmer Andrew Kay is busy redistributing 4 road-trainloads of donated hay to his neighbours within the Millewa area in north-western Victoria.

While the rivers are overflowing in Gippsland, it is a very totally different state of affairs within the state’s far north-west, the place some farmers have had as little as 30mm of rain for the 12 months.

“It’s very, very dry. What stubble we did have from last year has very rapidly disappeared, with no green or anything in the paddocks at all,” Mr Kay stated.

“Livestock are starting to get very hungry and this is absolutely amazing, to help top up and finish cattle off.”

Mr Kay has not sown a crop this 12 months and has been holding out for extra rain. 

A green tractor with two bales of hay on its forks, travelling from left to right across the frame
Meringur farmer Andrew Kay helps redistribute hay that is been donated by Rural Aid.(

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“It doesn’t look like we’re actually going to get it,” he stated. “We’ll just hang off a bit longer, but we can’t wait too much longer because we’ll run out of time and the ground will get too cold.”

However, additional east at Karawinna, Michael Callahan has completed his sowing program for the season. 

“We started about two months ago, sowing sheep feed, hoping it will rain and get it up, it’s just starting to come up after the 15mm of rain we’ve had over the past three weeks.”

A teenage boy tightens a strap so bales of hay won't fall off the truck he is standing in front of
Andrew Kay’s son, Dawson, helps safe hay bales to one of many vehicles heading for an area farm.(

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Mr Callahan stated he was hopeful of rising crop. 

“It’s amazing how this country can turn around if we get 25-30mm of rain. That would last for two months as long as we get a good August and September. That’s the main thing,” Mr Callahan stated.

Rural Aid’s group consultant in Victoria, Carly Noble, stated it was good to see farmers smile when the highway trains loaded with hay arrived at Meringur. 

A woman wearing a hi-vis orange vest and pink cap sits in driver's seat of her car, holding a clipboard
Rural Aid’s Carly Noble is ensuring the proper variety of bales are distributed.(

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“Some are getting 24 bales, some are getting eight or 12. It just depends on the total number of livestock on the ground at the moment, but that will see them through another eight [to] 12 weeks.”

But, for Ms Noble, the pick-up has not been nearly gathering hay for livestock. There had been additionally morning tea refreshments that, Ms Noble defined, had been donated by sponsors to encourage farmers to have a break and communicate with their neighbours.

“Which is good for mental health,” she stated. 

Three farmers standing in front of a semi-trailer being loaded with hay bales. The man in the middle is holding a clipboard
Glenn Henschke, Marc Bowen and Allan Symes finishing paperwork as they gather bales of hay at Meringur.(

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