Arable farmers are baling straw rather than chopping it to help livestock producers facing a shortage of feed and fodder.
Vast quantities of straw are being baled in East Anglia and transported hundreds of miles to drought-hit livestock farms in the north and west of England.
But farm leaders say more is needed.
Straw prices continue to climb amid growing concern that high temperatures and lack of rain this summer will result in severe forage and bedding shortages this winter.
Hertfordshire farmer and NFU vice-president Stuart Roberts said he was baling all straw at home this year – and offering it to livestock farmers further afield.
VIDEO: @NFUtweets vice-president @HertsFarmer urges arable farmers to bale straw to help drought-hit livestock producers suffering shortages of feed and fodder. #farmershelpingfarmers pic.twitter.com/MBGAe8hrtJ
— Johann Tasker (@johanntasker) August 3, 2018
One load had already been transported to Northumberland, he told Farmers Weekly.
“It’s a classic case of corn helping horn,” said Mr Roberts.
Lincolnshire farmer and Forage Aid founder Andrew Ward said he hadn’t baled straw for many years but was doing so this year
My contribution to help the livestock farmers. Come on guys please follow my example, I’ve not baled for many years but we’re in this together. #YourHarvest #farmershelpingfarmers pic.twitter.com/1F63XjPcz9
— Andrew Ward ??? (@wheat_daddy) August 1, 2018
“We have to all work together in agriculture and help each other,” he said.
The straw was destined for Cumbria and other areas to help livestock farmers.
Essex farmer and combinable crops chairman Tom Bradshaw said livestock farmers in need of straw should come forward to secure much-needed supplies.
To all my fellow farmers out there. So far 2018 has been a pretty tough year for all weather wise but if you are a livestock farmer short of feed/bedding please don’t bury your head in the sand and speak up to secure what you need. pic.twitter.com/wtSiQHdd9U
— Thomas Bradshaw (@ProagriLtd) July 13, 2018
The NFU has also reopened its Fodder Bank initiative which matches farmers who have excess straw and fodder with livestock producers in need of it.