More than 600 fodder donations pledged to NFU

The NFU has thanked kind-hearted farmers for their “incredible support” for their flood-stricken peers in Somerset.

A spokesman for NFU South West said more than 600 donations of fodder have been pledged to date.

“The response has been fantastic. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity,” added the spokesman.

“It’s going to be an ongoing struggle for farmers for many months, so the continued support is vital.”

The union has seen a “steady flow” of donations of fodder in the past week which will be arranged for delivery into Sedgemoor market, near Bridgwater, and then on to flood-hit farmers.

The NFU is still asking farmers who wish to donate feed or bedding not to turn up with deliveries, but contact their offices first (see details below), as Sedgemoor is at full capacity.

A part-time administrator has been hired to help organise deliveries out of Sedgemoor.

Meanwhile, Mole Valley Farmers have secured facilities to store forage for future delivery to farmers affected in the region.

Hundreds of cash donations have also been offered to the NFU, which will divert the money to charities collecting funds for the relief effort, including farming charities RABI, the Addington Fund and the Prince’s Countryside Fund among others.

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The emergency Forage Aid response has been set up to help farmers affected by flooding on the Somerset Levels who are facing months without livestock feed. Parts of Somerset have been submerged for weeks.

Discussions are ongoing between the NFU, farmers and charities about plans for the long-term recovery flood effort in Somerset.

Farmers who wish to donate bedding, fodder or forage should call the NFU South West’s offices in Exeter first on 01392 440700 or email south.west@nfu.org.uk.

See also: Flood-hit farmers – how you can help

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