For many years now, the VFF has delivered an emergency fodder support program to help impacted landholders during a bushfire or other significant emergency event. During the 2020 catastrophic bushfires, the VFF delivered over 16,540 bales of donated hay and silage to bushfire affected farmers, emphasising that when times are tough, both the rural community, and the VFF, are here to support our farmers.
Under a three-year agreement with the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), the VFF is recognised as the principal partner agency to facilitate an emergency fodder relief program in the event of an emergency situation. In the event of a significant emergency, the VFF may be called upon to provide a liaison point for Victorian farming communities during the notified emergency to ensure their access to emergency fodder, in order to minimise the effects of the emergency on affected livestock.
The VFF will coordinate the supply, transportation and distribution of donated fodder to landholders impacted by an emergency such as a bushfire.
How you can assist
- Farmers can donate fodder. The VFF will call for donations if a fodder program is activated.
- Transporters can pre-register with the VFF to assist with transport if a fodder program is launched. Transporters may be eligible for a freight rebate provided by the DJPR. This is only available for transporters directly engaged by the VFF Emergency Fodder Program.
- Donate to the VFF disaster relief fund to support the Victorian farming community. Funds have previously been used to provide grants for replacing fencing and infrastructure as well as other support services. Donate today by contacting VFF on 1300 882 833.
Emergency Fodder Transport Rebate Program
The Rebate is now available to transporters directly through DJPR and to be eligible for the Rebate, a transport operator must be confirmed by the VFF to have pre-registered with the VFF and received approval to transport donated fodder, prior to having undertaken emergency fodder transportation during an emergency, More information on the Rebate can be found here.
If you have questions, please contact us.
To donate fodder contact VFF on 1300 882 833.
Transporters who pre-register with VFF and are directly engaged by the VFF Emergency Fodder Program can access the Victorian Government’s Freight Rebate.
Transporters pre-registered with VFF must apply directly to the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions for the freight rebate.