Christmas hay a gift to farmers

FREE HAY: The Brethren Rapid Relief Team (RRT), who made a significant contribution to local drought relief locally and nationally, are helping Goulburn with their hay distribution at the recreation area on Saturday. Photo:suppliedRRT

FREE HAY: The Brethren Rapid Relief Team (RRT), who made a significant contribution to local drought relief locally and nationally, are helping Goulburn with their hay distribution at the recreation area on Saturday. Photo:suppliedRRT

GOULBURN Mulwaree Council has teamed up with the Rapid Relief Team and ARW Multigroup to give away 600 bales of hay this Saturday, December 22 between 7am and 4pm at the Goulburn Recreation Area.

Despite good rains filling dams around the district, adequate stock feed is still an issue for farmers, who have been hand feeding livestock for months. The rain has brought some pasture growth, but not enough for farmers to cease feeding. Those who have planted summer crops will need this feed going into next winter.

To help bridge the gap Goulburn Mulwaree Council is offering this hay which has been cut at the Council Wastewater Farm and is grass based. It is of a lower quality and suitable for cattle only; pickup is restricted to five bales per property.

“Farmers are asked to call Council’s Customer Service team on 4823 4444, before 12 noon, Thursday December 20 to register. To do this you will need to provide them with your name and property address, which must be located within Goulburn Mulwaree.” Mayor Bob Kirk said. “I would like to recognise the massive effort of ARW Multigroup, who cut and baled the hay and the Rapid Relief Team who will be running the distribution, loading each truck and running the barbecue.” “The rain has been brilliant and helped fill dams, but we recognise that there is still a tough summer ahead for our region.” Bales are 8 x 3 x 3, and three bales weighs around a tonne. Rapid Relief Team will load all utes and trucks, but drivers must secure their own loads.