The paddocks of the region are set to turn pink, blue and yellow as local farmers get behind a Tapex Agri initiative to support charities through coloured silage film.
Begun two years ago, the initiative has grown to include three charities with the McGrath Foundation, Australian Prostate Cancer Research and now Children’s Cancer Foundation all receiving funds from the pink, blue and yellow film sold, with each colour representing a different charity.
In the past two harvest seasons more than $65000 has been raised for the McGrath Foundation and Australian Prostate Cancer Research, with the hope this figure will grow as the yellow film joins the fold.
Katamatite dairy farmer Adam Ross and his wife Simone have embraced the innovative concept since its inception and will look to include the new yellow silage film this year.
The Rosses milk more than 600 cows on their 257ha farm, and with hundreds of cows to feed the couple is constantly in need of silage film.
‘‘We used about three pallets of it last season, so we had rolls of pink and blue film everywhere,’’ Mr Ross said.
‘‘We started ever since they came out and we started on the pink ones and thought it was a good idea to help out breast cancer and ran with it. It’s just one way we could help.’’
In the 2016-17 harvest season the silage wraps raised $44803 for the McGrath Foundation and APCR, with $5 of the Trioplus silage film donated to the relevant charity and $18 donated for each Tama 4500m net wrap sold.
A spokesperson for Tapex Agri said it had been a wonderful initiative that had been embraced by local farming communities.
‘‘Rural men and women do not have access to health care and information that those in our towns and cities have. We wanted to do something to help bring change to this, and our coloured charity products are our way of supporting charities who support rural health.
‘‘It’s been incredible to see contractors and farmers get behind the cause and help raise awareness. The active participation is a timely reminder that rural farming families all know someone affected by breast or prostate cancer, and the coloured bales act as visual reminders as well as a conversation starter.’’