What can we do to help our farmers? 2



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Would you donate a few dollars to help an Aussie Farmer?

BAB_day_logo450Let’s face it, our farmers are doing it tough, and today is the day you can help. Wednesday 25th March (today) is Buy a Bale of Hay Day, a program that invites people to donate to farmers by literally buying a bail of hay in the program that can be delivered to farmers to help them grapple with the crippling drought they face.

Australians are traditionally good at supporting their community through national disaster – the Queensland Floods, the NSW, South Australian and Victorian Bushfires and the cyclones and now, the Australian farmers affected by drought and the cessation of live cattle exports truly need our help.

Australian farmers are the backbone of our country. For hundreds of years they’ve fed us all. Now they need our support to keep their cattle alive and the food in our stomachs. Australia if you can help by donating we’ll see that they receive the fodder they need and the support to get them through this tough time.

The Buy a Bale program has provided over 2 million dollars in direct assistance via hay deliveries, volunteers, trademen and women and direct financial assistance via Farmers Card. Our continued work relies solely and 100 per cent upon donations which are fully tax deductible.

The Buy a Bale program is supported by Ray White and you can donate today by clicking here.

Do you know a farmer struggling with the drought?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Australia is a big country and at any given time there will be farmers struggling in the grip of drought or with something else that directly effects life on the land. At the same time there will be some farmers experiencing a bumper season and a bumper crop or returns for their produce. I remember my 30 years on the land producing fine merino wool and beef cattle. There were good years and there were bad. Drought, floods, livestock diseases, fluctuating demand, over supply, extremist animal liberationists, and the list goes on.
    It only takes one year of bad drought conditions to set most farmers back at least three years. Costs of production in the rural sector keep rising and sometimes things do not balance financially. Then there are the good years when seasons are reliable and farm income is such that it makes it all worth while.
    The sad part of all this is that whilst people sympathise with the plight of farmers in trouble there is very little understanding of what is actually happening or indeed what it is like to live and work on the land. I can recall an occasion when discussing what it was like to be a farmer with friends who had lived in the city all their lives. They were of the misguided opinion that I was a wealthy man because I owned a 2000 acre farm. They had no idea. These same people sold a thriving business and bought a farm based solely on a rose coloured view and belief that they could make a go of it. They honestly believed that it would be easy even though they knew nothing about any type of farming. They went broke inside 10 years and the bank sold them up to recover money borrowed.
    Having said all that and to answer the question; at the moment the farmers that I know personally seem to be doing ok at the moment. I also know that there are many across this wide land that are struggling. They need support. Most would never ask for handouts but schemes such as Buy a Bale are much appreciated.

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