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Swettenham Stud to house mares affected by Australian drought

Adam Sangster's nursery to open its gates in face of weather crisis

Adam Sangster: 'This natural disaster touches everyone'
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Victorian breeders Swettenham Stud are doing their bit for the drought crisis striking regions of New South Wales and Queensland, offering to house affected mares at Nagambie in Victoria.

Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said they will open their gates to mares to come down south during the crisis, and will also donate three bales of hay per month for every mare they take on board, via the 'Buy A Bale' campaign.

"This natural disaster touches everyone - the small hobby breeder, the large stud farms, the suppliers, owners and the trainers. The recovery will take years," Sangster said.

"We can help, firstly by donating hay to give immediate relief from feed costs, and secondly, by offering agistment to their mares and foals. We hope to alleviate some of the financial strain and the physical stress on their properties by helping them reduce their stock numbers. This will, in turn, help their pastures recover more effectively from the damage this devastating drought has caused.

"Whether it is a single mare or a band of broodmares, the team at Swettenham will care for them for as long as needed. We are so fortunate that we have had the rain in this region, so our 900 acres of paddocks are well stocked with nutritious and plentiful feed for the spring."

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Sangster said his team wanted to contribute after seeing the impact the drought has had on paddocks north of the Victorian border.

"The team at Swettenham Stud want to help our long-standing friends and clients in the Hunter Valley and throughout New South Wales and Queensland, during this difficult time. We want to let them know that they are not alone," Sangster said.

"We recently visited the Hunter Valley region and we could see that they are in a desperate situation. Through making our farm available to their mares and foals, and by giving back through the 'Buy A Bale' campaign, we hope we can make a difference."

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