‘We care’: Tasmanian farmers sending truckloads of feed to mainland drought areas

Michael Perkins still remembers the help he got from people around Australia when he was on the brink two years ago, after floods ripped through his dairy farm in Tasmania’s north-west.

Key points for Tasmanian hay run Key points: Tasmanian farmers hurt by the 2016 floods are shipping free feed to drought-stricken mainland They are trucking hundreds of hay bales and tonnes of potatoes north to feed needy livestock You can’t say “we care” without doing something, farmer Paul Lambert said

Now he, and many farmers like him, want to give back.

In fields and sheds across regional Tasmania, farmers, truckies, and their families are quietly mounting a grassroots campaign to help those affected in New South Wales — which is 100 per cent in drought — and Queensland.

“It pulls on the heartstrings when you look and see those cattle on the TV and on social media every day,” Mr Perkins said.

“There’s animals starving, there’s people having to shoot their animals, there’s trauma amongst the people there.

“Our entire family were devastated when we lost a quarter of our cattle to the floods in 2016, our farm was severely damaged — one hole was as big as a football field and as deep as a house — to rectify that has taken two years.”

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