Australia is experiencing an unprecedented bush fire crisis. In an effort to support the victims who have been devastated by the crisis, particularly those in NSW, VIC & SA, the Hygain Group along with the New Zealand based Fiber Fresh Feeds are providing immediate support to front-line horse evacuation centres and support groups on the ground in affected regions.
The two Groups, spanning high quality feed under their respective brands of Hygain, Mitavite and Fiber Protect, have so-far committed over 75 tonnes or $100,000 worth of much needed feed and equine specific supplements to support the front-line disaster evacuation centres. This support will help to feed horses housed at the centres in NSW and VIC, as well as being distributed directly to farms via the support groups throughout the fire affected regions. In Victoria, where over 500 horses have been evacuated, Hygain and Fiber Fresh are providing feed and supplements directly to The Gippsland Horse and Stock Safe – Bushfire Assistance Group, which is currently servicing farmers from Albury/Wodonga through to Corryong along the NSW and VIC border down to Mallacoota and along the coast to Bairnsdale.
In New South Wales, Hygain and Fiber Fresh are also supporting the Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre, servicing the fire affected regions of Bega and Eurobodalla Shires. The relief centre has been set up at Cobargo Showgrounds, where the Red Cross have joined their effort, supporting those in need.
In South Australia, Hygain is supporting the fire affected regions including the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island via their distribution partner Natures Harvest, adding support for their customers, Coopers Farm Supplies, Oakbank Chaff & Fodder Store, Sandersons and KI Kennels & Fodder, who are providing on the ground support to affected properties in their region.
Hygain Feeds CEO, Nick White, said: “Hygain has chosen to support these groups directly to ensure this much needed feed and supplements are getting directly to those most in need on the ground.”
Horse owners affected within these areas should contact the support groups directly to access the feed and supplement support via the following:
The Gippsland Horse and Stock Safe – Bushfire Assistance Group
Contact: Tegan Hector
0429 808 269
To make additional donations to the group i.e. cash for fuel vouchers:
Contact: Tarrah Stacey
0429 365 513
The Gippsland Horse and Stock Safe – Bushfire Assistance Group is a registered organisation with permits to get relief into the black zones and support to those most affected by bushfires on farms. They are backed by over 40 volunteers. The Group is receiving ongoing support from all affected local councils, as well as Head inspector of the RSPCA, Terry Ness, Racing Victoria’s CEO Jamie Steer, General Manager of Veterinary Services, Grace Forbes, and the Equine Welfare Manager, Jennifer Hughes.
Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre
Contact: Red Cross
The disaster assistance line is 1800 018 444 and up to date information on available support can be found at emergency.nsw.gov.au as well as local council websites.
To make additional donations i.e. cash for fuel vouchers:
Contact: Red Cross on 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276) or https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate
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About Hygain Group
Hygain is predominantly owned by Adamantem Capital an Australian owned private equity group. Hygain manufactures high performance feed products in Australia. Since its acquisition of Mitavite in 2018, the Group operates two manufacturing facilities in Officer, VIC and in Somersby, NSW, supplying to all states in Australia. Hygain and Mitavite products are also exported to over 20 countries, including Japan, New Zealand, USA and Hong Kong.
About Fiber Fresh Feeds
Fiber Fresh is a New Zealand based equine health and nutrition feed company. Fiber Fresh produces high energy, moist forage feeds to support optimal health and performance in horses. The company expanded to Australia in 2017 following successful extensions into the Middle East, as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.