CHEEKY DAIRY farmers in south-west Victoria and beyond are baring all to support fellow farmers struggling through the drought.
A Butts for Bales 2019 calendar to raise funds for Need for Feed disaster relief features the bare bums of dairy farmers and is already making a splash even before publication.
The male and female dairy farmers wear gumboots and hats but very little else in the photo shoots, and organiser Tennille Moffitt said the calendar was creating huge interest nationally and abroad.
The idea emerged from a topic on a Facebook dairy classifieds and information site run by Tennille’s husband Chris, a former farmer.
“Somebody showed similar photos of university students in Sydney and I thought it would be really good to do one just of dairy farmers with their bums and no faces,” Tennille said.
“I asked if anyone would be interested and heaps of people came forward. I thought I’d keep it within that group but it’s blown out of all proportion,” she said.
“Dairy farmers aren’t appreciated enough so maybe their butts will be appreciated a bit more.”
Tennille said the calendar aimed to “not only show the world how beautiful our under-appreciated dairy farmers are, but to help an organisation that has saved the livelihood of many farmers”.
Volunteer photographer Stacey Knowles from Ocean View Photography in Warrnambool said the farmers were happy to strip for a good cause.
“It’s a bit of a giggle and a good opportunity to give back to the people who help us, like our farmers,” Stacey said.
“We’ve got all ages and all shapes and sizes. The photos are done very tastefully. Most are shot from behind and if not, they’re covered by carefully-placed items.”
The photographed farmers range from a man in his 70s to a couple in their 20s. Nine of the 12 are from south-west Victoria, with three contributing photos from NSW.
All proceeds from the calendar will go to Need for Feed. Dozens of calendars have been pre-sold, including orders to Canada, Germany and United States.
Azeus Print and Design is printing the first 200 copies for free.
More information on how to purchase the calendar for $21 can be found on the Butts for Bales Facebook page. PayPal and bank account deposits can be accepted.
The calendar will also be for sale at various outlets around Warrnambool.
Need for Feed has been supporting communities and farmers across Victoria since 2006 when founder Graham Cockerell donated and delivered a truckload of hay, which was distributed by Cowwar Toongabbie Lions Club to farmers burnt-out in their area.