True-blue Aussie truckies have delivered two truckloads of Picton hay – and hope – to some of Queensland’s most drought-stricken farmers.
Thanks to the generosity of Picton Farm and the truckies who donated their time, nearly 90 bales were driven to Cunnamulla as part of the Burrumbuttock Hay Run.
The drivers travelled more than 1000 kilometres and arrived at Cunnamulla on January 26.
This was the 13th convoy in four years and the third year that Picton Farm has supported the run.
The run was made up of 150 trucks that distributed hay and essential supplies to farmers who were doing it tough.
Picton Farm manager Will Davies said the hay run was a great initiative that helped farmers in need.
“It is inspirational to see people from across the agriculture and transport industries come together, and donate their time and resources to help farmers facing tremendous hardship,” he said.
“We are proud to be part of this great cause.”
One truckload was delivered to Clover Downs, a 300,000 acre sheep grazing property, and the second went to Baroona, a 100,000 acre property, both located near Cunnamulla.
Truckie Michael Fergusson donated his time and his truck to deliver half of the hay to a very grateful Adrian and Sally Schmidt, who own the Baroona property.
The Schmidt’s have been relying on cutting mulga to feed stock.
The remaining half of the Picton hay, 44 bales, was delivered by truckie Joel Lidgard to Clover Downs.
The Clover Downs owners run 14,500 merino ewes.
The owners said there was not much out there except for rock, dust and a bit of bur as far as the eye could see, where the stock were watered by open bore drains and fed on cotton seed.
Feral goats seem to be the only thing doing well on the property.
Picton Farm, which GHD manages on behalf of Sydney Water, uses recycled water to irrigate crops that are then sold to local dairy and beef farmers as stock fodder.
Biosolids from Sydney Water’s Picton Water Recycling Plant are also applied to improve soil quality.
Sydney Water’s contract plants manager Gavin Landers said Picton Farm was fortunate because it had access to recycled water from the recycling plant.
“We aren’t subject to the changes of weather the majority of farmers have to endure," he said.
“It is gratifying to be able to support the farmers facing real hardship in drought stricken areas in other parts of Australia.
“The hay is being transported at no cost to the farmers thanks to the generosity of all owner operator truck drivers who are donating their trucks, their time and fuel to do the run.
“It’s a mammoth effort by the truckies and a very generous one on their part.”