Hauliers needed to help farming flood recovery

Hauliers are urgently needed to deliver hay and silage to farms recovering from the devastating floods on the Somerset Levels.

Water levels have dropped significantly over the past few days on the Levels, but livestock farmers have been left with a massive clean-up job.

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Ed Ford, vice-chairman of Essex Young Farmers’ Club, has been helping co-ordinate forage supplies since the relief effort began last month.

“Tesco have been absolutely brilliant. They have moved up to 60 loads across the UK,” he said.

“But they can’t be expected to do it all. We are really struggling with haulage and we need other haulage firms to come on board.

“Donations of fodder have been steady. But now we have all this straw, we need help to get it to those farms that need it most.”

Mr Ford said it was costing up to £600 a time to transport fodder from farms in the southern counties to Somerset.

And he urged hauliers, such as major agricultural machinery firms making deliveries to the South West, to get in touch if they can offer help in any capacity. Please contact Jock Muirhead at the RABI on 07770 160 902.

Farmers who wish to offer fodder supplies should contact NFU South West offices on 01392 440 700 or email south.west@nfu.org.uk

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