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27/02/2014

27th February - Dodson & Horrell Support Farmers in Somerset with a Donation of Animal Feed

Dodson & Horrell, one of Europe’s leading animal feed manufacturers has delivered over 10 tonnes of feed for distribution to local farmers in the West Country who have been hit by the extreme weather and flooding on the Somerset Levels over the past few months. Sam Horrell, Marketing Director of Dodson & Horrell said “Anything we can do to help the plight of farmers in the West Country at this very difficult time is a bonus, what they have had to endure is unbelievable and hopefully this donation will help in some small way”.

The feed which has been accepted on behalf of the community by Deborah Meaden, star of Dragon’s Den, who lives locally and James Winslade from Burrowbridge, whose farm has been one of the worst hit in the area.  James, whose farm has been under water for almost eight weeks said “It has been a terrible time for farmers here on The Levels – and we don’t forget those affected in other parts of the country too – but the devastation that we have all had to face has been heart wrenching.  The response from everyone both here in the West Country and further afield has been amazing and, at times, overwhelming.  The donation from Dodson & Horrell is very generous and the cattle and horse feed donated will help all the affected farmers enormously in the difficult months ahead."

The feed will be particularly valuable over the forthcoming weeks and months as the land has been so badly affected it could be like winter for the next year and a half for some farmers.

Deborah Meaden, well known business entrepreneur on Dragon’s Den,  has been deeply moved by the plight of local farmers and other flood victims; “It is hard to imagine what they have been going through since the floods hit here weeks ago.  It’s bad enough to be flooded out of your home – but the worry about the welfare of the livestock and other animals has been a real concern.  I just want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed from individuals to big businesses – the support is much appreciated.”