Katie Brenna and Donna McKinley from Tihoi Western Bay Young Farmers, with ‘Blackie’ the cow, are among those keen to lend a hand at haymaking. Photo: Lois Natta.
The Tihoi Western Bays Young Farmers are again offering their expert services to help the local farmers’ pick-up hay bales, help cover silage stacks or other summer jobs that need that extra labour input.
Chairwoman Katie Brennan says each year the young farmers group offers their services to local farmers during the busy haymaking-silage making time.
The group has at least 10 members who, for a reasonable fee, will be the labour units during haymaking.
“For us the money helps to subsidise our events and trips, which we do each year, keeping the costs down for the cash-strapped young farmers.”
This group has been together for about five years and has done the fundraiser labour project each year. They also help out at other community events through the year.
“As well as raising funds, it’s also a great time for our Young Farmers group to meet and have some social time with other farmers in our district.”
Local contractors will often pass on the contacts of the farmers who are cutting hay.
Katie says not everyone has extra workers, or their farm workers might be busy on the farm. The Young Farmer Group is the perfect extra labour force – they are young, fit and experienced.
“We don’t want to rip anyone off so we offer reasonable rates and we will do a good job and hopefully earn some dollars and have social time with farmers and the ag contractors.”
So if you are needing some extra help with your harvesting this summer, contact Tihoi Western Bays Young Farmers for knowledgeable, experienced young men and women who know just how important it is to get the hay or silage in quickly and efficiently.
Give Katie Brennan a call on 027 361 9204 for more information or to book your days’ work in.