Rural Aid fodder drops begin outside Winton

Fodder drops for flood-stricken producers kicked off outside of Winton on Sunday morning.

Rural Aid spokesman Richard Forbes said trucks had carted 160 bales of hay to various collection points outside of the town such as Corfield and Olio, from which helicopters would start lifting the bales on to properties.

Fodder drops begin outside of Winton on Sunday morning. PHOTO: Rural Aid.

The Winton Shire Council has been working with AgForce to organise and coordinate deliveries to producers in the region. 

On Sunday morning AgForce chief executive Michael Guerin said 140 Queensland locations had been identified for fodder drops, with about 112,000 head of stock in need.

Four road trains carrying an additional 350 bales of Rural Aid hay were also heading to Cloncurry, Mr Forbes said. 

Fodder drops out of Hughenden would also be continuing until fodder was no longer needed, Flinders Shire Council Mayor Jane McNamara said on Saturday evening. 

“The hay has been secured locally. They’ll just keep dropping it until it’s no longer needed.” 

Source: North Queensland Register