Farmers assured of feed despite deliberate blaze at facility

GLADSTONE region farmers have been assured they will get the feed supplies they need despite a $250,000 fire at an Oakey hay storage facility.

It is business as usual for Feed Central, which lost about 800 tonnes of cereal hay and straw in the blaze on April 24.

The company provides feed to farmers around Gladstone and other central Queensland regions.

Managing director Tim Ford said on Tuesday that all hay destroyed in the fire had been sold to Feed Central's long-term buyers.

"We do require replacement stock and will be actively buying this product over the coming days," Mr Ford said.

"We will be able to find suitable stocks and make sure the buyers are not left short."

None of the burnt hay was scheduled to be moved to drought-affected properties.

"Supply for these customers comes from alternative sources," Mr Ford added.

All stock was fully insured and had been stored in facilities leased by Feed Central in Oakey.

Mr Ford said it was an old site that was being redeveloped.

"A small portion of the storage facilities were destroyed, but the majority of the site was left unaffected," he said.

"While this was a serious fire, it was only a relatively small event in the overall scheme and size of the Feed Central business," Mr Ford said.

No one was injured in the blaze.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with deliberating lighting the fire.



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