IDW Bushfire Appeal


Jersey Australia together with International Dairy Week and Global Impact Sale are pleased to announce that the distribution of funds from the IDW Bushfire Appeal has commenced providing significant direct cash support to affected dairy farmers in the Cobargo and Nth East Victoria region.

With the generous support of the Herd Improvement Industry, Dairy Farmers and Dairy Supplier and the even more generous support of those who purchased items from the Silent Auction, Cattle Sales and donations received from across Australia as well as around the world, approximately $113,000 was raised to provide direct financial support to dairy farmers

$50,000.00 of the funds raised has already been provided to Renee and Harley Salway, Renee tragically lost husband Patrick and Harley’s father who was killed with his father Robert in the fires at Cobargo to support the family through this time and into the future.

The balance of the funds is being distributed direct to 12 dairy farmers. 6 in the Cobargo region and 6 in Nth East Victoria

Jersey Australia General Manager Mr Glen Barrett said “Jersey Australia was proud to get behind and support the appeal.  The bushfire were a significant tragedy across the dairy farming community.  The tragic death of Robert Salway a long member of Jersey Australia with the well-known and regarded Wilgo Stud and his son Patrick was devastating and felt across the Association.

“We cannot thank all donors, buyers and supporters of the appeal enough” said Mr Barrett.  “and it certainly makes you swell with pride to see the dairy community come together to provide such amazing support when a lot of the industry has been challenged by long term drought, water shortage and below par milk price”

Director of IDW and Dairy Livestock Services Manager, Scott Lord said “it was a pleasure to have the dairy community support the bushfire appeal that we conducted during International Dairy Week. The funds raised via the auctions conducted as well as the many cash donations from Australia and overseas show that as an industry we care about our own. We are proud to be associated with such outstanding results and most importantly funds are getting to those in need in a timely fashion. On behalf of International Dairy Week, I sincerely thank all involved in this magnificent appeal.”

Declan Patten, Sales Manager for Global Impact Sales said “When we heard about the devastation that happened during this bushfire season we knew that we had to help. It was fortunate that this year we were hosting our very first auction at IDW and we knew we had a platform to help others in our dairy community. We are overwhelmed with the support received and couldn’t be prouder of the dairy community coming together during this difficult time.”

For more information please contact

Glen Barrett

0418 466 371