Hay delivery switches to staggering loads

Hay deliveries getting through with trucking help

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HAY: The delivery of hay to fire affected areas had now switched from immediate delivery to a 'drip feed' supply over the next couple of months.

HAY: The delivery of hay to fire affected areas had now switched from immediate delivery to a 'drip feed' supply over the next couple of months.

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After the initial rush to supply hay to fire affected areas, hay supplies are now being organised to cover the next couple of months.

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With most livestock producers in fire affected areas of Victoria now having received hay and feed, attention is turning to ongoing supply and delivery.

VFF Livestock Group president Leonard Vallance said the organisation was now working on the logistics of drip feeding hay deliveries over the next couple of months.

The VFF's fodder program had more than 130 locations of hay and feed of various quantities.

Mr Vallance said the strain on farmer-operated trucks and supply had taken a toll and the VFF had called for help from the wider transport industry through the Livestock and Rural Transport Association Victorian branch.

He said the response from the whole transport industry had been "fantastic" from small operators to the biggest operators who offered trucks and operators to help shift feed.

LRTA Victoria president John Beer said the response from industry had been instant.

He said the call was put out on the association "phone tree" with great results.

"We are trying to stagger deliveries to the affected areas so it doesn't turn up at once. People will need hay for months and it's better sitting in a shed rather than sitting in the open on fire affected farms," Mr Vallance said.

"Most people have got hay now, we just have to keep that going."

Mr Vallance said the whole trucking industry had been supportive.

He said his organisation had already shifted 20,000 bales of hay and feed from a widespread area.

He said the VFF group had also been conducting a "pellet run" that was providing a higher protein feed.

The pellets were supplied in one-tonne 'bulka' bags.

The VFF was taking donations to manufacture pellets for the fire affected areas.

He said the opportunity to donate for the manufacture of pellets was an efficient way of moving protein around the state.

Mr Vallance said people could register available hay with the VFF and they would then be advised when the hay was needed.

Mr Beer said fire affected producers could also take the opportunity to look at the design and location of new stock facilities including loading ramps, yards and fence lines.

The LRTAV and ALRTA put out a 'Guide for safe design of livestock loading ramps and forcing yards' and a standard was also being developed, he said.

To donate or register feed contact the VFF at 1300 882 833.

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