700 tonnes of feed bound for King Island farmers, thanks to hay run heroes

After having to postpone its hay run into King Island due to shipping difficulties, Need For Feed has announced when its hay run heroes will set off with 500 tonnes of hay and 200 tonnes of cattle pellets for drought-affected farmers.

Farmers on the Tasmanian island have been urgently awaiting feed for their livestock as supplies dwindle.

But now, Eastern Line Shipping has answered the call, offering up their vessel to shift all 500 tonnes of oaten hay and 200 tonnes of cattle pellets to where it’s needed.

Need For Feed is looking for trucks and trailers to transport the bales and bags from the Swan Hill area to meet one of the three boat loads destined for King Island. Truckies are needed from Thursday May 16 until Saturday May 18, to transport the product which equates to about 35 truck loads.

The precious feed is due to set sail on Saturday May 18, which Need For Feed says has been confirmed with Gippsland Port at Port Welshpool and TasPorts on King Island.

They will arrive the following day on the Sunday morning, where a local team will work to distribute the load to each of the farmer recipients.

“After all of the hurdles we’ve had to jump through, we are all so excited that this is finally happening,” Need For Feed said.

If anyone has a truck or trailer and would like to help move the product to the port, please register your interest here.

Fuel and running costs for trucks, along with meals and refreshments for crew will be covered.

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