A Tullimbar resident is one of the grateful farmers to receive hay from Shellharbour City Council.
In September, councillors agreed to donate hay from summer grasses on council-owned land to farmers in the region through Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale initiative.
About 60 bales of hay were cut, dried and bundled and will be distributed to drought-affected farmers in Shellharbour first and then to other Australian farmers.
Beef farmer Colin Swan said he would receive 10 hay bales. One bale usually costs him $170.
“It is really good to get the assistance,” Mr Swan said.
“I thank the Mayor for deciding to donate the hay.”
Mr Swan said despite the recent rain which had eased drought conditions, he still needed hay to help him feed his cows.
“The forecast is still predicting hot, dry conditions,” he said.
“The past year has been very tough. I had to get rid of a lot of cattle because they were starving. It was also hard to get hay.”
The wet weather delayed the hay bailing process.
The council will continue to grow and bundle hay. Farmers will be able to purchase the bundles at what is costs the council to contract the cut and bailing process.