Esperance vollies plan hay run north

Phoebe PinKalgoorlie Miner
20 trucks will leave Esperance in February for Farmers Across Borders' fourth hay run. This trip will deliver much-needed drought relief to farmers and pastoralists from Laverton to Kumarina. Pictured is Farmers Across Borders treasurer Darren Starcevich, president Sam Starcevich, co-secretary Christiane Smith and committe member Elaine Ryan.
Camera Icon20 trucks will leave Esperance in February for Farmers Across Borders' fourth hay run. This trip will deliver much-needed drought relief to farmers and pastoralists from Laverton to Kumarina. Pictured is Farmers Across Borders treasurer Darren Starcevich, president Sam Starcevich, co-secretary Christiane Smith and committe member Elaine Ryan. Credit: Kelsey Reid/Kalgoorlie Miner, Kelsey Reid

A group of Esperance volunteers who last year delivered more than 2000 bales of livestock feed to WA pastoralists have opened applications ahead of this year’s charity hay run.

Volunteers with Farmers Across Borders spent their Australia Day long weekend last year transporting 20 trucks of hay to drought-affected pastoralists from the Murchison to the Wheatbelt.

The organisation has been operating since 2014, when volunteers organised 16 road trains of donated hay to be delivered to Bourke and Lightning Ridge in NSW.

The not-for-profit has planned another hay run next month and have invited farmers from the Gascoyne, Northern Goldfields and Murchison regions to apply to receive bales of feed, which has been donated by South West pastoralists.

Farmers Across Borders president Sam Starcevich has been living in Salmon Gums for the last 30 years.
Camera IconFarmers Across Borders president Sam Starcevich has been living in Salmon Gums for the last 30 years. Credit: Countryman

Farmers Across Borders president Sam Starcevich said much of WA continued to suffer from drought.

“A lot of people still don’t realise how much of the State is desperate for rain,” she said.

To be eligible for assistance, farmers must have experienced below-average or insufficient rainfall for at least three years.

Farmers who have insufficient pasture to feed livestock and have fears for animal welfare should also apply.

The organisation is also seeking sponsorship to cover fuel costs.

Visit the Farmers Across Borders website for more information.

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