Drought relief efforts have begun in western NSW, thanks to farmer support group Aussie Helpers.
Loads of stock feed and hay, as well as groceries, dog biscuits and women’s care packs will be distributed to drought affected families over the next three to four weeks.
Yeoval’s Krystal Haycock will be volunteering her time to assist Aussie Helpers co-founder Brian Egan distribute the support measures.
Ms Hayock and her family have been struggling with the drought conditions and have said if no immediate government assistance was given soon, many farmers will walk off the land.
“If I can get out there and help a lot of other local farmers it makes me feel good about myself,” she said.
They want to help as many farmers as they can, Ms Haycock said.
“Any help that can be brought to the farmers at the moment is God send. It’s going to be like Christmas,” she said.
The Haycock family were one of the largest Red Angus cattle studs in Australia but that all changed about eight weeks ago when they had to offload half their stock.
They are struggling financially to keep what is left of their stock alive.
But the family have been given a helping hand from Aussie Helpers with women’s care pack and groceries.
The Haycocks and four of their neighbours also shared in some hay from Aussie Helpers, where they received about 20 bales each.
“Every little bit helps and it’s one less load you have to pay for,” Ms Haycock said.
Aussie Helpers co-founder Brian Egan was in Dubbo last Friday when some vital loads of stock feed arrived by truck. He reports the group is focusing on an area from Tamworth “right down to virtually Canberra”.
Its resources - all obtained through private donations - will be put to use for the virtual psychologist program which is “a big deal” of what it does, and meeting other needs farming families may have, he said.
“We’ve allocated about two hundred grand to kick it off down here, it might cost more than that, it might cost half a million dollars, I don’t know, but we’ve got the money behind us to be able to do that sort of stuff,” Mr Egan said.