January 24, 2020: Kentucky US company, Alltech, a leading animal nutrition company with a strong presence in all regions of the world, has stepped forward to help and support Australian farmers and producers whose lives and properties have been devastated by the recent horrific ‘down-under’ wild-fires.
The fires have already destroyed an estimated 10 million hectares, extensively killed wildlife and livestock and most tragically of all claimed 30 lives. The loss of the livestock is expected at the finish of the tragic events to exceed100,000.
Both the Alltech Lienert and Keenan Australia companies are to use their resources to distribute supplies, either donated locally or purchased using donations from the Australia Farming Relief Fund. Alltech will also match all donations – dollar for dollar!
The Australia Farming Relief Fund has been providing goods and services directly to producers and this vital challenge will be co-ordinated on the ground by the Alltech family companies, Alltech Lienert, Australia and Keenan, Australia.
Says Mark Peebles, Managing Director of Alltech Lienert, which is located in Roseworthy, Australia, “This activity represents a co-ordinated effort among our Alltech family, suppliers, customers and the global agriculture industry to support the producers who feed our families and are the core of our rural communities. The bush-fires have been devastating, but Australians are resilient, and we are committed to rallying around our farmers as they recover from this crisis.”
Producers, who were already contending with a three-year drought, are struggling to secure supplies and feed now. Donated supplies will include hay, finished feed, feed supplements, silage, water troughs, fencing and non-perishable items.
The Alltech Lienert and Keenan companies will deploy their trucks and drivers to deliver keysupplies to producers in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland. Team members will also volunteer their time to work alongside farmers, rebuilding fences, repairing sheds and providing any ‘on-farm’ support they need. The effort will initially focus on dairies, sheep and beef farms, and apiaries.
Alltech is also exploring partnerships that will offer longer-term mental health support for farmers grappling with trauma as a result of the wild-fires.
Donations to the Australia Farming Relief Fund, are being collected through the Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation. Alltech’s has pledged to match donations dollar-for- dollar.
Contact: Lauren Dozier, Corporate Communications Manager, Alltech
Tel: +1 859-351-8892