Ceva Animal Health donates more than £15,000 to three charities offering assistance to the farming community after 18 months of extreme weather.
Ceva Animal Health has donated £15,427 to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the National Sheep Association (NSA) in Northern Ireland.
The farming community has faced difficult conditions over the past 18 months, with extremes of weather taking their toll on both arable and livestock farmers.
The knock-on increase in feed costs, together with persistent animal disease challenges throughout the period have culminated in significant losses of stock and revenue.
As a result, calls to the RABI’s helpline have risen steeply this year and in the first six months of 2013 it took just under 600 calls – around as many as in the whole of 2012.
The number of working farmers seeking help has tripled in the past year and three times as much money (£550,000) has been given to this group in the first nine months of 2013 compared with the same period last year.
This is in addition to the £1.1m RABI has given this year to farmers and farmworkers who can no longer work through age or disability.
Ceva donated £1 per bottle sold of its Cevolution range to the farming charities over the past four months.
Paul Burrows, chief executive of RABI said: “We are very grateful for Ceva’s tremendous support, which will help us to respond to the rising number of people contacting us.
“Farming has a bright future, but not everyone can take advantage of the opportunities available and anyone can be hit by unexpected events.
“We support families, not businesses, and in the past year have paid for things like funeral costs, utilities and council tax arrears. We have also given emergency cash to people waiting for state benefits, paid for clothing, and supplied food vouchers.
“It is thanks to donations from the public and organisations like Ceva that we are able to help and lives can be turned around.”