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Forest of Dean farmers take 150 tonnes of forage to flood-hit Somerset

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

Forage Aid

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Farmers in the Forest have sent more than 15 tonnes of forage to help out their stricken contemporaries in Somerset.

The food and bedding for animals forced from their pens by the waters in the county left Bradley Farm in Mitcheldean on Friday, bound for Sedgemoor Market - from where it will be distributed.

The idea was that of Mike and Fiona Caspersen, responding to a TV news report.

Mike, a father of four, said: “The straw is for farmers who are looking after the animals of others.

“You only make enough forage for your own animals, so they need more for the extra animals. They’ve got enough for the short term.

“Even though there’s flooding in Gloucestershire, we’re helping out fellow farmers in Somerset, because they are the most seriously affected.

“Thousands of acres are under water.

“All the cattle are in their sheds here and all the sheep are lambing. The water has invaded the cattle sheds in Somerset.

“There’s a lot of farmers who are donating forage from across the county.

“My wife saw a woman farmer from Somerset crying on the television. That activated her into action.”

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 17 2014, 8:37PM

    There's an article on the BBC News website which says that "Two tractors pulling trailers loaded with 15 tonnes of silage, hay and straw will leave from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, for Bridgwater in Somerset." Another reason to sack the TiG headline writer?

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 16 2014, 9:29PM

    We still don't know if it's 15 or 150. I do think that 150 seems very high. 15 seems rather more likely.

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  • marty53  |  February 16 2014, 4:58PM

    15 or 150? Jesus, how hard can it be to report a story?