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Hay runners heading for Queensland farmers

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NSW-QLD: Hay runners leave Darlington Point for first leg of long journey with big heart.

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It's 1860 kilometres one way. There are 4500 square bales and rolls of hay. Two hundred and sixty-five drought-stricken properties. There are 138 trailers. Countless days of phone calls and emails. And a hell of a lot of heart.

Fourth-generation NSW farmer Brendan Farrell and a convoy of dozens of trucks will leave Darlington Point, in the Riverina region of NSW, on Thursday morning, gunning it for drought-stricken farmers in Queensland.

From there, the hay runners will pick up others along the way, with three-trailer road trains joining the convoy at Cobar, before heading north to Aramac, near Barcaldine in Queensland's central west, making three stops over two days on the 1860 kilometre one-way journey.

The convoy – which is carting 138 trailers laden with hay – is expected to stretch about 50 kilometres and could set a Guinness World Record.

The hay run, which Mr Farrell has teamed up with Chinchilla-based group Drought Angels to co-ordinate, will be followed by Fairfax Media’s regional journalists every step of the way.

THE JOURNEY

STORIES

ROAD ANGEL: Ross Duggan is one of the hay runners taking much-needed feed to drought-stricken properties in Queensland. Picture: Stephen Mudd.

ROAD ANGEL: Ross Duggan is one of the hay runners taking much-needed feed to drought-stricken properties in Queensland. Picture: Stephen Mudd.

Hay run convoy rolls through Griffith: The hay runners passed through Griffith about 7am on Thursday morning, heading north to Ilfracombe in Queensland. Well-wishers lined Kookora Street to wave at the drivers and take photos. Read more from The Area News

Fourth-generation southern Riverina farmer, Brendan Farrell contemplating the logistics of transporting 5000 round and square bales of hay to drought stricken graziers in Queensland. This will be the tenth convoy since 2013.

Fourth-generation southern Riverina farmer, Brendan Farrell contemplating the logistics of transporting 5000 round and square bales of hay to drought stricken graziers in Queensland. This will be the tenth convoy since 2013.

Tenth convoy of southern hay soon to depart for northern Queensland: “You don’t have to be a millionaire or a registered charity to help someone.” Assisting fellow farmers is the motive behind Brendan Farrell’s drive to deliver hay to stock producers struggling with drought conditions across much of Queensland and north-western NSW. Read more from The Land

PHOTOS

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Meet the NSW hayrunners helping out Qld farmers

The first trucks leave Darlington Point at 6am on Thursday.

The first trucks leave Darlington Point at 6am on Thursday.

MOVING OUT: first trucks leave for big journey

"Lee Parish‎: Getting an early start with one truck loaded and 3 more coming to load at Wee Waa. Head off on the 7th to meet everyone a Bourke. Farmers helping farmers. Aussies helping Aussies. The Australian way. See everyone soon."

"Lee Parish‎: Getting an early start with one truck loaded and 3 more coming to load at Wee Waa. Head off on the 7th to meet everyone a Bourke. Farmers helping farmers. Aussies helping Aussies. The Australian way. See everyone soon."

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