A new and innovative campaign has been launched by farming charity the Addington Fund to offer financial help to farmers in desperate need of housing or emergency funding.
The Tup 1 Ewe campaign will encourage sheep farmers to donate live animals to auction markets throughout England and Wales, with proceeds being sent directly to the charity.
Ian Bell, chief executive of the Addington Fund, said: “Farmers can donate a ewe and lamb or lambs or they can give the progeny of the ewe as a store or finished lamb.”
“The proceeds will then be sent to the Addington Fund direct from the auctioneer and the funds raised will support farming families in the region of the market.”
“A donation of just one animal could make a huge difference to someone’s future.”
The Addington Fund has worked closely alongside the Livestock Auctioneers Association Council to formulate the new scheme and ensure it is convenient and workable on busy sale days.
“We want to make donations easy and practical for the farming community. Livestock farmers have always been incredibly supportive of our charity and this offers a new and unique method of giving money to a worthy and much needed cause,” Mr Bell said.
“This predominately results in the Addington Fund working to provide housing for farmers who are forced to leave their homes.”
“However, in certain counties, we also offer affordable housing to anyone currently working in, or retired from, an agricultural or land based industry.
The livestock Auctioneers Association Council is backing this new campaign and is encouraging other markets to join the list of participating partners in the coming months.
Farmers should look out for details at their local market or ask their auctioneer.