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Need for Feed a huge success in the Upper Hunter

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Need for Feed was a huge success in the Upper Hunter over the weekend. 

Truck drivers from the Hunter Valley joined others from across New South Wales in Jerilderie at the end of last week to load trucks full of hay and fodder and bring it all up to the Hunter Valley. 

Need for Feed was started by the Lions Club in Gippsland around 12 years ago, spearheaded by Graham Cockerell.

Graham said they bought up a dozen trucks on Saturday night and it was really well received.

"We had six truckloads of hay, another one still coming who couldn't make the run and six big tippers of grape marc so the hay went to six different farms and from there it is shared out to five or six different farmers in each location."

"In all probably about 40 farmers would've benefited from that and 240 tonnes of grape marc went to other locations to be shared out," said Graham Cockerell.

Graham said there are farmers who missed out when Aussie Helpers and Buy a Bale came to town so they're more than happy to give the help where it is needed.

"The Lions Clubs and the public up here have been fantastic and raised around $30,000 in the last month I think which is going straight to buying fodder mostly out of Victoria,"

"There is still the opportunity to buy a bit more fodder out of Victoria and we will be back with some more whether it is another convoy or individual loads, we are deciding that at the moment," said Graham Cockerell.

Farmers weren't just receiving feed, the Lions Clubs in Victoria packed brilliant hampers to provide some personal comforts.

"There were hampers packed down at a place called Inverloch in South Gippsland in Victoria with non-perishable food and household supplies collected by the public and the fire brigades down there in conjunction with Lions Clubs and Need for Feed and there were ladies care packs packed by quite a few Lions Clubs in Melbourne and men's gift packs for blokes mostly packed around Geelong."

Graham said the packs had items in them from across the region including "fresh fruit and veggies from either Maitland or Singleton down a bit further in the hunter that all got distributed to farmers on Sunday by the Lions Clubs mostly around Muswellbrook to the farmers who had missed out on the hay so a lot of people benefited from what happened on the weekend".

Keep an eye on the Need for Feed Facebook page for future convoys and feed runs. 

Image credit: Jason Mates Facebook