'Lets help keep the dream in agriculture alive'
AUSTRALIA'S most famous hay runner Brendan Farrell has thanked truckies, their wives and employers for letting them head off on yet another hay run so soon after the huge Australia Day Burrumbuttock Hay Runners 2019 run.
Brendan spoke to his social media followers last night to update them on the current situation - they'd joined forces with AgForce to help deliver much needed hay and fodder to farmers who had fallen victim to the Queensland floods.
"We've had 82 trailers leaving today with donated hay going to Cloncurry," he said.
"We're running around the clock again to pull this off again. I take my hat off to every single truck driver's wife and employer who's letting them do this again, we're running on fresh air and frog-s**t.
"To all those farmers in need in those areas, chin up, there's lots of charities running around and doing things to help.
"It's good to see everyone put their hand up. Let's keep the dream in alive in agriculture because if we don't have agriculture, we're in a lot of s**t."
AgForce chief executive officer Michael Guerin said courageous and collaborative leadership was required to ensure the long-term well-being of cattle producers in north-west Queensland and the rural communities who rely on them.
"There is no doubt that this is a disaster of unprecedented proportion," Mr Guerin said.
"The speed and intensity of the unfolding tragedy makes it hard to believe that it's just a week since farmers' elation at receiving the first decent rains in five years turned to horror at the devastating and unprecedented flood that quickly followed.
Mr Guerin acknowledged the work of the agencies and organisation at all levels now involved in helping the many producers and communities come through what remains a very desperate situation.
He said that three years of rainfall inside a week has had a catastrophic impact on farmers and their livestock, on communities and towns, on infrastructure, and on the natural environment and wildlife.
"Some farmers have lost everything, literally everything, except an ever-growing debt, and our first priority is to make sure that they are OK," he said.