With drought conditions continuing in parts of Australia and causing significant pressure on farmers in the process, one farmer has sought to help his farm cope, with a new adopt-a-cow programme.
Farmer, John Fairley, who runs a dairy enterprise in the drought-stricken New South Wales in Australia, started the programme in early May and has since had many members of his herd adopted. The farmer started the programme upon the realisation that his farm, founded in 2004, may not be able to cope with feed demands for the coming winter.
The farmer urged, via a Facebook post, for as much help as possible. Should someone donate as much as $1,350 (€836) you will be covering the cost of feed for one cow, while you will also receive a picture of your cow and are allowed to name her.
Not only that, but the farmer is offering all those who are charitable enough to adopt a cow in his herd, the chance for a tour of his Picton farm, to meet their chosen cow. They will also be allowed to milk a cow on the day, as well as help out feeding calves on the farm.
“If you donate $1,350; this will pay for the entire amount of feed for one cow until September 30 this year and includes a farm tour as well. You will also be able to name your cow and we will send you a photo of your girl too.” The farmer posted.
“It’s really up to you though. Any amount you pay will go towards the management of our farm and help us pay our bills to look after the cows and it will be so much appreciated.” It continued.
The farmer has already received numerous donations, though more are needed to ensure they make in through winter 2018 and into Spring 2019. Check out the video of some of his farm visitors below!
Pictures - Country Valley Facebook page.
Video - ABC Rural