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Farmers Helping Farmers

Are you a UK farmer who needs help because your animals are suffering in the aftermath of extreme weather or an Act of God? Or do you want to offer help to these farmers through our charity?

We help farmers whose feed or bedding supply has been disrupted by extreme weather or an Act of God by sourcing and distributing feed and bedding with the help of donations from the farming community.

The charity was set up by farmers themselves in 2013 to help farms in parts of the UK that had been hit by heavy snow and were struggling to feed their livestock. Since then Forage Aid has helped over 150 farms across the UK by sourcing and coordinating more than £850,000 worth of goods and services donated by fellow farmers, businesses and other charities.

Who do we help?

Forage Aid supports UK farmers (with a Defra holding number) who face a clear and present risk of the livestock suffering due to extreme weather or an Act of God. We have helped people such as Geoff and Michael:


I had to move 88 cattle as the whole farm was completely under water. Forage Aid gave me access to silage, hay and straw, donated by farmers from all over the country. I can’t imagine how I would have managed without them. Geoff, Somerset


All my fodder had been washed away. Forage Aid sourced 300 bales from other people and got them delivered to me – I’m so grateful to everyone who helped us. Michael, Derbyshire


Read more case studies here, read more about Forage Aid here or apply for help here. Please note that we are a small charity and unable to assist with financial hardship cases – in these cases please contact Farming Help for assistance.

Want to donate?

We welcome help and donations in many forms, from physical donations of feed or bedding during crises to monetary donations – and there are many other ways you can get involved. Some examples of help we have received include:

I was watching the news and saw the flooding of the Somerset Levels getting worse. It was awful, and I wanted to help. I had no forage to donate but thought: I can do something. I can donate my time and my machines. Philip, Yorkshire


Submit donations here or get involved in some other way

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