Up to $40,000 will be donated to flood-ravaged farmers in the Northern Rivers thanks to an “outstanding” cattle sale in the northern NSW town of Glen Innes.
Throughout the drought, regional communities rallied together and now that their coastal cousins have endured too much rain, Northern Tablelands farmers have come out in droves to support the Thinking of Our Fellow Farmers Flood Appeal.
Glen Innes livestock agents donated $5 for each head of cattle yarded at the annual premier weaner sale to the appeal, which was topped up by generous cattle farmers.
Agent Shad Bailey from Colin Say & Co estimated more than $17,000 had been raised but said it was “going to take some time” to crunch the total figures.
“Because there are a lot of kind gestures still coming forward,” he said.
Originally from the coast himself, Mr Bailey said he hoped this “small gesture” would give farmers impacted by flood a hand up.
“I’ve endured many floods [living on the coast] but nothing like we’ve seen in the last six weeks.
‘Take the big fella’
Cattle prices have hit all-time highs in recent months and Mr Bailey said thanks to the “phenomenal calibre of livestock”, prices had shone again.
“And we’ll give direct to our farmers on the coast.”
As part of the annual feature sale, a champion pen of steers and heifers is named. This year those titles went to the Wollen family of Red Range, just outside Glen Innes.
Gordon Wollen took his hat off to organisers, especially after a recent trip to the Northern Rivers.
“It’s absolutely shocking, what’s going on down there.”
Mr Wollen said he and wife Sally “didn’t give it a second thought” to also donate a full steer to flood appeal.
He said while it was costly to bring his calves through the drought they had now “reaped the rewards”.
Mr Bailey said the funds would be sent to the North Coast soon and those he had spoken to on the coast were “overwhelmed” by the generosity.
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