Animal nutrition company Alltech, has launched a global fundraising effort in a bid to support farmers and the agricultural sector in Australia.
Bushfires in Australia have decimated an estimated 10m hectares, killing large amounts of wildlife. The estimated loss of livestock is expected to exceed 100,000 animals. Many wildfires continue to rage throughout the country.
The Australia Farming Relief Fund will provide goods and services directly to producers and will be coordinated on the ground by the supplier’s family companies Alltech Lienert Australia and KEENAN Australia. The companies will also match funds raised.
“The Australia Farming Relief Fund represents a coordinated effort among our companies, suppliers, customers and the global agriculture industry to support the producers who feed our families and are the core of our rural communities,” said Mark Peebles, MD, Alltech Lienert. “The bushfires have been devastating, but Australians are resilient, and we are committed to rallying around our farmers as they recover from this crisis.”
The companies will distribute supplies either donated locally or purchased using donations from the Australia Farming Relief Fund.
Supplies will include hay, finished feed, feed supplements, silage, water troughs, fencing and non-perishable items. Their trucks and drivers will deliver supplies to producers in every state. Volunteers will also work alongside farmers, rebuilding fences, repairing sheds and providing on-farm support. The effort will initially focus on dairy, sheep and beef farms along with apiaries.