Farming charity Aussie Helpers will provide much-needed aid to farmers this week, hosting a Hay Day in Boulia on Tuesday July 20.
The event will take place at the Boulia Racecourse and more than hay will be on offer, with Aussie Helpers also supplying SuplaBase, stock pellets, groceries, pet food, fuel and gift cards, and personal hygiene products.
Aussie Helpers CEO Tash Kocks said the charity assists 20 farming families in the region, but there were likely many more farmers silently struggling.
"Farmers don't like to ask for help, but the challenges of life on the land take a toll," Ms Kocks said.
"There is no shame in putting your hand up to say you need some assistance.
"Even if you are okay in terms of supplies, we encourage you to come out anyway and speak to likeminded people going through the same challenges you are," she said.
Three in five in Boulia work in the beef cattle industry, which has faced significant challenges over the past few years.
"Boulia's farmers have battled volatile commodity prices, international trade tensions and recession all the while recovering from seven years of devastating drought," Ms Kocks said.
"While Boulia experienced a bit of rain and flooding in March, it doesn't mean families aren't still doing it tough in the drought conditions.
"Weather permitting, it could take as long as four to five years for our rural communities to recover," she said.
Aussie Helpers regularly hosts Hay Day events to help rural communities survive through the tough times so they can thrive in the good.
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