25 Jun 2013

Final drought feed shipment heads north

6:27 am on 25 June 2013

The final shipment of feed from the South Island to North Island farms hit by the summer drought is en route from the Port of Timaru.

Altogether, 400 containers carrying about 13,500 large bales of hay have been shipped north since mid-March.

The project was organised by Federated Farmers with the help of shipping and trucking companies so that farmers in the North Island in desperate need of feed could get it at a fair price.

One of the organisers, David Clark from Canterbury, said they never expected the need to be so big or last as long.

He said most of the feed as gone to the Bay of Plenty, the Central Plateau and Hawke's Bay.