HAY AND HELP: Angus Dowton and Jeff Dawson donate to producers struggling after Granite Belt fire.
HAY AND HELP: Angus Dowton and Jeff Dawson donate to producers struggling after Granite Belt fire. Tessa Flemming

Kick in the gut for farmers affected by drought and fire

FOR Ipswich farmer Jeff Dawson, it's hard not to want to lend a helping hand when you see already-struggling producers in pain.

Along with McDougall and Sons' Angus Dowton, the pair were donating 10 bales of hay at the Warwick Pig and Calf Sale to those farmers affected by the recent Granite Belt fire.

"It's just another hit on the head, kick in the gut for those already going through the dry,” Mr Dawson said.

Encouraged by his Warwick sister, Mr Dawson was also giving food to the CWA who were heading down to the disaster zone today.

Mr Dowton said it was this rallying of community that kept spirits alive in hard times.

"It's devastating of course, but good to see people put their hand up,” he said.

"I take my hat off to what Warwick does for the greater community, from supporting hometown football clubs to battling farmers.

"It shows a resilience.”

As constant supporters of Warwick business, Mr Dowton stressed now was the time to return the favour.

"They are the ones that go to the local shops and send their kids to the local schools,” he said.

"They are a great bit of income for the town.”