Armidale and Guyra Livestock Selling Association calls farmers to help fire victims

LENDING A HAND: Landmark branch manager Jon Goudge is call farmers to help fire victims.

LENDING A HAND: Landmark branch manager Jon Goudge is call farmers to help fire victims.

The region’s livestock agents are calling on cockies to help their fellow farmers who were ravaged by fire earlier this week.

LENDING A HAND: Landmark branch manager Jon Goudge is calling on farmers to help fire victims.

LENDING A HAND: Landmark branch manager Jon Goudge is calling on farmers to help fire victims.

The Sir Ivan blaze near Dunedoo and Cassilis destroyed about 50,000 hectares of land.

Many farmers have lost their homes and are struggling to feed stock.

Landmark branch manager Jon Goudge said he and many farmers and agents in the area also had a personal connection to those who had lost everything.

“I worked as a jackeroo in the area for about five years, so it is personal,” he said.

“The Armidale and Guyra Livestock Selling Association are banding together to organise a fodder drive to get some hay down to desperate farmers.

“Livestock are going hungry so we’re trying to get as much together as we can.”

Organisers hope to get enough hay to take a couple of trucks down in the coming weeks, with local hauling companies chipping in to help out too.

If you can spare a few bales of hay, give Jon a ring on 0428 668 005.

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