Dairy News

Appeal for farmers who died in the fires

By Geoff Adams

Jersey Australia and Global Impact Supremacy have joined forces to launch a fundraiser for the Salway family and other farmers devasted by the country’s bushfires.

Robert Salway, 63, a long-term Jersey Australia member, was killed alongside his son Patrick, 29, as they were trying to protect their farm at Cobargo NSW.

Funds raised during the drive at International Dairy Week (IDW) will be donated to the Salway family and the Dairy Industry Bushfire Relief Support Fund.

Jersey Australia CEO Glen Barrett said there had been strong industry and member support through the donation of products, including animals, semen, cheese hampers and other goods.

“These fires have been devastating for all Australians and particularly hard for farming communities,” Mr Barrett said.

“Robert and Patrick Salway were much loved members of the Jersey family and this is the least we can do to support their families,” he said.

“And our concern goes beyond our membership and the Jersey breed. Our entire dairy and farming communities have been devastated by the impact of these fires.”

At the start of the Global Impact Supremacy Sale at IDW on January 21, a Casino pregnancy due in July out of Lightning Ridge Tequila Fernleaf VG87 will be auctioned, with 100 per cent of proceeds donated to the Salway family. The consignment was donated by Frank and Diane Borba, Callum Moscript and Declan Patten.

There will also be a silent auction running through IDW from January 19-23 with support from Dairy Livestock Services and Elite Livestock Auctions. Proceeds will be shared between the Salway family and the Dairy Industry Bushfire Relief Support Fund

Support has been overwhelming and there have been dozens of donations to the auction. The items will be listed at elitelivestockauctions.com.au

Anyone wishing to donate to the silent auction can contact Mr Barrett on 0418 466 371 or Declan Patten from Global Impact Supremacy on 0499 949292.

A charitable account has been set up with NAB Agribusiness and people can make a cash donation to 2020 Bush Fire Support BSB 083-894, account 49-781-1553.