MORE than $115,000 has been raised for farmers impacted by Australia’s bushfires in a special appeal launched by Jersey Australia and Global Impact Supremacy with the support of International Dairy Week (IDW).
Funds raised during the drive at IDW are being donated to the Salway family and to the dairy farmers affected by the 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.
Jersey Australia general manager Glen Barrett said the top item was $50,000 paid to take the pick of the herd of 10,000 at Moxey Farms.
World Wide Sires Australia donated $15,000.
Rob and Kerrie Anderson of Kings Ville Jersey matched the $5880 Global Impact Supremacy Jersey sale average at IDW as a donation to the bushfire appeal.
During the Global Impact Supremacy Sale at IDW, a Casino pregnancy due in July out of Lightning Ridge Tequila Fernleaf VG87 was auctioned for $5000. The consignment was donated by Frank and Diane Borba, Callum Moscript and Declan Patten.
Jersey Australia provided coffees and donuts for a gold coin donation to add to the appeal.
Mr Barrett said the amount massively exceeded predictions.
“It was extraordinary and only achievable thanks to the fantastic support of those who donated animals, goods, genetics and cash and supporters who bid so generously,” he said.
“It shows just how caring and resilient the Australian dairy community is.”
A silent auction of 63 donated items and supported by Elite Livestock Services raised an additional $35,000.