Baling for Farmers

Baling for our community during the drought and bushfires

Local farmers and fire affected residents who need a boost to their feeding supplies are encouraged to apply for the discounted baling program run by Hawkesbury City Council.

Silage rolls have been sold at cost by Council as part of a drought assistance program running since November 2018. Council will once again sell the lucerne silage rolls for only $48 each, which are produced at its McGraths Hill Waste Management Facility using recycled water.

The initiative is aimed at helping farmers and bushfire affected local residents to buy cheaper fodder for their starving livestock. The price of $48 per silage roll represents a significant subsidy from Council in recognition of the adverse circumstances that many of our primary producers and bushfire affected residents are currently facing.

To be eligible to buy the silage rolls, you must be:

  • A local Hawkesbury farmer who owns or works a property in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area or a bushfire affected local resident
  • Registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer
  • Committed to using the silage rolls for Hawkesbury stock and not on-selling to a third party
  • Responsible for collecting the silage rolls from the McGraths Hills Treatment Plant using own transport
  • Available to pick up the silage rolls during the nominated time period with appropriate tie downs.

Farmers/residents are encouraged to consult with a vet to ensure the suitability of the silage for their livestock. Hawkesbury farmers and local bushfire affected residents are required to complete an Expression of Interest to buy silage rolls.

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