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Hauliers urgently needed to help flood-zone farmers

  • 12 February 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Haulage firms have been urged to offer their services to deliver hay and silage to flood-stricken farmers in Somerset, with flatbed and curtainsider trailers in particular demand.

Arable farmer Andrew Ward – founder of the Forage Aid charity that in 2013 saw emergency feed for livestock delivered to farmers hit by severe cold weather – told Commercialmotor.com that he has feed donations from farms all over the UK that need collecting and delivering to the flood zone.

He is already receiving help from several haulage firms, however he is aware that it can be expensive to transport forage, and therefore, the more firms that can get involved, the more the cost can be shared.

Sumo Heavy Haulage has volunteered its services, with a full load of straw and hay being collected from York this afternoon and taken down to the Sedgemoor Livestock Market (which is where livestock is being temporarily homed or sold on), followed by a second full load of donated barley straw due to be collected from Oxford tomorrow for onward distribution to Somerset.

MD Shaun Wealleans praised the efforts of his transport manager Jeremy Desmond on the company’s Facebook page, as well as the dedication of his drivers: “A big thank you to our drivers who’ll have to stretch their hours and have some more nights away from home to fit the extra loads in, well done to all.”

Supermarket giant Tesco has also played a large part in helping to distribute animal  feeds  to flood-affected areas. A company spokesman told Commercialmotor.com that it had set up a helpline for farmers and it will be collecting feed from all over the UK and delivering to the National Farmers Union centre in Bridgwater for onward distribution to local farms.

He added: “Yesterday we collected 120 bales from a farm in Peterborough, which we delivered to Somerset, and we’ll be collecting 120 bales of feed today. We will continue to deliver bales each day and have hundreds ready to distribute. We expect to deliver around 840 bales of feed this week.”

The company’s distribution team also helped to deliver 200 tonnes of sandbags to flood zones, and has been working closely with Thames Valley Police.

If you would like to find out where to collect loads from, then please contact Andrew Ward on Andrew@wcs-farming.co.uk, or tweet @wheat_daddy

You can also drop off forage at Sedgemoor Livestock Market, off J24 of the M5, postcode TA6 6DF. Call 01278 410278 to arrange a delivery time.

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