Hay run from Singleton travels to Taree to help dairyfarmers devastated by last month's floods

Graham, Robyn, Montana and Sienna Crow ready to hit the road for Taree with their fodder deliveries for flood impacted dairyfarmers. Photos supplied.
Graham, Robyn, Montana and Sienna Crow ready to hit the road for Taree with their fodder deliveries for flood impacted dairyfarmers. Photos supplied.

Last month the Mid North Coast's farming communities were hit with devastating floods.

Among the worst hit were dairyfarmers as their low lying coastal properties were inundated with falls approaching half their annual rainfall arriving in a matter of days.

Property damage and livestock losses have been significant and income loss with be severe for many.

Merv and Sue Barry

Merv and Sue Barry

Watching the flood and its impact on the news Singleton's 'hay run' specialists Greg Ernst and Graham and Robyn Crow immediately started organising to take fodder up to Taree.

The Hay runners arrive to a great welcome in Taree. Photo: Josh Hack.

The Hay runners arrive to a great welcome in Taree. Photo: Josh Hack.

The families have collaborated on hay runs to drought affected farmers in Barcaldine, Queensland and to the Upper Hunter after the Sir Ivan bushfire in February 2017.

This time is was floods. Two trucks left last week and on Saturday a convoy of trucks and some utes left Rix's Creek truck stop for a trip to the Manning Valley. Some of that fodder headed further north to the Macleay Valley a region also devastated by flooding.

Neil Baxter, Greg Ernst and Barb Johnson

Neil Baxter, Greg Ernst and Barb Johnson

Robyn Crow said once they put the word out there people quickly came on board wanting to help the farmers.

"We had drivers donate their time, people donated fuel and gift cards as well as the fodder donations and the trucks and manpower to get the hay up to Taree," she said.

"It was a wonderful team effort and we can't thank everyone enough for what they have done."

Once the next load goes it is estimated the donated fodder from our community will be worth around $75,000 - so well done to everyone involved.

Graham and Robyn said many many thanks to the following for supplying trucks for the run, many of these trucks could have been working on Saturday so their donation is huge:-

Greg Ernst, Graham Paul, Darren and John Camilleri, Hailes Haulage, Knodler's, Bower's Heavy Haulage, Moore logistics, Jupp Earthmoving, Jack Carrigan, Matt Randall and Luke Drayton.

Huge thanks to the drivers and their crews for giving up their Easter Saturday to help others:-

Merv &Sue Barry, Simon Clarke, Darren Camilleri, Steve & Melissa Hailes, Brian Knodler & Sheridyn Ashwood, Grant, Andrew & Jordan Barry, Gibbo, Greg Ernst & Barb, Matt & Jack Randall Luke Drayton & Rod Upton, Graham, Montana, Sienna and Robyn.

And without the huge donations from our farming friends, this certainly would not have got off the ground:-

Bruce Moxey, Wendy Bowman, Mick & Melinda Hassett, Max Wake, Robert Worth, Harris Family, Ross Badior, Redgrove Family, Matt Randall, Peter & Dianne Crawford, Daniel & Michelle Bower, Robbie George,& Annette George, Kim Penfold, Anthony Hedges, Alan Penfold, Ray Lambert, Darren Williams and Jacob Williams.

Hay run from Singleton to Taree