The NFU Fodder Bank is now OPEN

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The NFU Fodder Bank is a free service that helps our members find cattle feed and animal bedding for their farms - or lets them sell any surplus.

You can either appeal for stocks, or list what you have to sell.

Why is it so useful?

  • Avoid paying for advertising in publications
  • Flexibility on delivery and collections.

How do I use the Fodder Bank?

View our listings below to see what's for sale and wanted. Posts are removed after one month on the page.

How do I add a listing for Wanted or Available?

Complete the form below and we'll post your details on this page.

Forage Aid

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Forage Aid is a charity set up by farmers to relieve the suffering of farm animals by providing emergency feed and/or bedding following an extreme weather event or natural disaster. Forage Aid works on the principle of farmers helping farmers in response to an emergency situation.

Forage Aid’s key operating criteria are:

  • The business affected must possess an agricultural holding number in Great Britain
  • The holding must demonstrate they have been affected by an extreme weather event and there is a ‘clear and present risk of the livestock suffering’
  • Before offering assistance, an assessment of the holding is needed to establish if it is a genuine emergency situation with a clear & present risk of animal suffering if feed or bedding isn’t supplied. A farm visit is normally undertaken by Farming Community Network (FCN) or The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I)
  • In response to an extreme weather event Forage Aid will seek donations from farmers and co-ordinate the haulage of the feed or bedding from the donor to the recipient

Forage Aid is a small charity and is unable to assist with financial hardship cases. Other farming charities (detailed below) are available to help in such cases and they should be referred as appropriate:

  • Farming Community  Network (FCN) Tel 0300 111999
  • The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) Tel  0808 2819490
  • Addington Fund Tel 01926 620135

Forage Aid contact details:

Speaking about the dry weather, Andrew Ward of Forage Aid said:

“The livestock industry continues to have challenging times and again it is weather related. Last winter and spring it was the wet cold weather causing animals needs to outstrip availability of feed and bedding.

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Andrew Ward

"Now it is a heatwave and potential drought which poses fresh challenges. For a while now Forage Aid has been encouraging farmers to place forward orders with their merchants for this coming winter.

"Late drilling of spring crops in the east means straw yields will be low and so availability will be tight.

"The current hot dry weather is limiting grass growth so, as well as straw, forage will be in short supply. We are pleased to be working with the NFU to help promote the Fodder Bank which is a great way of linking farmers with a surplus to farmers with a need.”

NFU Fodder Bank Terms and Conditions

The parties have absolute discretion in relation using the Fodder Bank there is no guarantee that the parties will come to an arrangement and any negotiation is down to the individuals concerned. Any loss or damage suffered as a result of a fault, error or omission in using the Fodder Bank by the parties is down to the parties and not the NFU.

By completing the form with your details on this page, you are agreeing to have the details submitted on this form (name, general location - region / county, telephone number and details of what's wanted / available) appear on this page of the NFU website, which is publicly accessible.

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Region: Northamptonshire/Leicestershire
Available: Small hay bales June cut 2018. Suitable for cattle, sheep, calves, horses and small pets. £5.50 per bale.  
Contact: Dennis Longland, 01601 844757, c2hlbGFnaGFuZGRlbm5pc0Bob3RtYWlsLmNvLnVr?
Posted: 20 November 2018


Region: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Wanted: Pea straw in large square bales
Contact: Graham Crabtree, 01723 871179, Y3JhYnRyZWUuanVsaWVAZ21haWwuY29t
Posted: 29 October 2018

NFU members: please be mindful of restrictions which could apply to the transportation of fodder, here's some advice.

Last edited on: 05:07:2018

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  • Posted by: Derek WhitworthPosted on: 23/04/2018 10:15:30

    Comment: Small barley straw bales - within tractor travelling distance of Halifax. Contact 01422 244365

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