Hats off for Burrumbuttock Hay Runners
WITH more than a quarter of a million acres of land and thousands of cattle to feed, Luke Yore says the recent drought out west was the worst he's seen in his 30 years of farming.
The Aramac grazier was one of many farmers struggling to make ends meet as a result of years without decent rainfall, losing half the number of cattle he would normally keep on his property over that four-year period.
But while things are looking up for Mr Yore and his head of cattle after a few downpours this year, other areas further west haven't seen more than a few drops.
That's why Mulumbin's BIG 4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village has decided to again host a huge fundraiser for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, who drive large loads of hay bales to properties in desperate need.
Visiting the BIG 4 with his wife and five sons recently, The Mirror spoke to him about his experience during the drought.
Mr Yore was one of the extremely grateful hay run recipients in 2016, with three truckloads delivered to him during the severe drought.
"It was a big help, we fed the (calf) weaners with it, it's expensive to buy,” he said. "The prices for cattle have been good which is really what helped us out.”
Being held over the weekend of February 17-18, BIG 4 park manager Josh Dillon said they decided to host the event for a second year, to give back to the farmers.
"A lot of these people out west come in to stay here and spend money in our region, or board their kids at school here, so we want to give back to the people that give to us,” Mr Dillon said.
With a goal of $10,000 last year, the event raised $16,000 and Mr Dillon said that they hoped to reach a similar figure again with this year's event.
"We also have many businesses donating their time and trade to help raise funds for this great cause,” Mr Dillon said.
"Our goal is to raise $12,000 dollars that will be used by Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, to be distributed between the participating truck companies to reimburse part of their fuel costs as all the hay has been donated.
"Thanks in advance for helping us keep the dream alive for our Aussie farmers.”
The BHR team will leave Darlington Point on February 22 and hit the road on their next hay run arriving in Hughenden Saturday, February 25.