Lock donates hay once more to Rural Aid

LOADED: Two road trains carry 144 bales of hay from Lock, bound for Narromine in New South Wales. Photo: supplied
LOADED: Two road trains carry 144 bales of hay from Lock, bound for Narromine in New South Wales. Photo: supplied

The Lock community has provided one more donation of hay to farmers in need, capping off a three year relationship with leading rural charity Rural Aid.

On Tuesday 144 bales of hay departed Lock on two road trains, bound for farmers in Narromine, New South Wales who have been affected by the recent mouse plague.

Over the past three years Rural Aid has bought about 11,000 tonnes of hay from the Lock area, equating to $2.6 million.

Rural Aid chief executive officer John Warlters said the organisation was grateful to the Lock farmers who since 2019 had provided huge quantities of much needed hay to farmers in the driest corners of Australia.

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"Hay was hard to find in the middle of the drought," he said.

"Rural Aid delivered thousands upon thousands of bales across Australia, thanks to the Lock growers.

"The contract is coming to an end, but we look forward to supporting this special part of South Australia in new ways."

Local farmer Ty Habner was one of the farmers who supplied hay to Rural Aid and said after vicious frosts had jeopardized the local economy, there was a huge relief to know there was a market for his crop.

"It was massive for us, just to have the option, and it's good to know that it's going to drought affected farmers," he said.

"We've helped them and they've helped us.

"It's good for the soul."

Mick Hancock had delivered the hay across Australia using his fleet of trucks at Hancock Farming Enterprises, and said it was a case of farmers lending a hand to peers across the country.

"Rural Aid bought a lot of hay at a decent price, and they weren't taking advantage of people," he said.

"The town of Lock is very grateful to Rural Aid."

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