BOUND FOR DROUGHT COUNTRY: Craiglea Stud’s Wade Johnston, Glenore Grove farmer Rodney Keller and local hay and chaff merchant Peter Doyle loaded up another truck load of hay for drought affected areas of western Queensland last week.
BOUND FOR DROUGHT COUNTRY: Craiglea Stud’s Wade Johnston, Glenore Grove farmer Rodney Keller and local hay and chaff merchant Peter Doyle loaded up another truck load of hay for drought affected areas of western Queensland last week. Tom Threadingham

Lockyer producers provide hay for drought regions

THE Lockyer Valley continues to be a rich source of drought relief for struggling regions of western Queensland.

For the past few weeks lucerne producers have teamed up with Stan Johnston of Craiglea Thoroughbred Studs in Kenilworth to donate bales of hay to help children and pony clubs care for their horses.

The seventh load of hay, comprising 140 bales, was packed into Craiglea's goose-neck at Glenore Grove last Friday bound for the drought affected areas of Charleville and Windorah.

Another 350 bales were stacked for transport the day prior as well.

Craiglea Stud's Wade Johnston said the initiative had been received with open arms.

"It feels good because you know it's going to someone who needs it," Mr Johnston said.

"They're in pretty desperate times.

"It's been outstanding, my dad (Stan Johnston) has worked extremely hard at this."

"And hopefully we are helping people feed their horses.

"It means so much for the children because it's so isolated there's no sport for them, so if they hop on the back of their horse there's something for them to do and participate in."

Local hay and chaff merchant Peter Doyle said he would continue to seek donations until the heavens opened to provide drought affected areas with the cool drops of rain they've been praying for.

"There's been little bits of rain come here and there but nothing beneficial for the long term at this stage," Mr Doyle said.

"We'd like some money to buy the hay, the Johnston's have funded a lot of this and so it'd be nice to get some more donations."

Sourced from his Glenore Grove farm Rodney Keller said he was happy to be a part of the process.

"It's good to help out," Mr Keller said.

"We were helped out in the flood so I know what its like to need a hand.

"And its good to help out really, you've got to do what you can."


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