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More help needed for flooded Somerset farmers

  • 25 March 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Farmers in Somerset are still in desperate need of haulage to help deliver animal feed following last month’s floods, the founder of charity Forage Aid has stressed.

Andrew Ward, arable farmer and founder of charity Forage Aid, told Commercialmotor.com that the charity will need help from hauliers to deliver animal feed ‘on and off’ for the next year as crops are still under water.

It will also be looking for hauliers to help deliver bedding for livestock in the winter.

 “The scheme is very much still running and we are desperately short of haulage. Up to now about 60 loads have been moved from all corners of the UK to Sedgemoor market [at J24, M5],” Ward said.

Ward praised the work of Tesco, which has delivered the majority of loads of animal feed to farmers in the county.

A Tesco spokesman said it has delivered 46 loads of feed so far and transport for the relief effort is now being managed by the National Farmers Union.

Ward said hauliers have so far pledged to deliver around 400 loads, but Forage Aid would like to start moving them to a storage facility it has secured near Bridgwater.

“Any help you can give would be so gratefully received because the situation is dire for many of the livestock farmers affected,” Ward added.

Last month a number of Cambridgeshire-based operators responded to calls for help from farmers in the region.

To help with the flood relief effort, contact Andrew Ward on 07850 132 189 or email Andrew@wcs-farming.co.uk

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