When fires ravaged the Bega Valley and surroundings during the Black Summer Bushfires, relief for many farmers came in the form of a convoy of trucks full of silage.
When the feed started coming into the regions that had burned to the ground, farmers felt the impact of the delivery firsthand.
"When you go out and see the devastation and you've got to stand there and look out your animals dying, it's just no good and these trucks rolling in is the most amazing feeling for these guys and they're very moved by it," said Far South Coast Need for Feed coordinator Ange Kane, who hails from Cobargo.
"Farmers will feed their animals before they feed themselves and quite often these truck drivers will be the first people they will see after the disaster.
"It shows that someone is just giving them some understanding, caring and love and it's a very emotional time and it's actually life changing," she said.
Now many of those farmers who received silage or hay after the fires have "paid it forward" with a huge long weekend operation.
Farmers from the Valley jumped at the opportunity to join a state-wide effort to send feed to the Mid-North Coast through volunteer disaster relief organisation Need for Feed.
Truckloads of fodder were sent to around 90 farmers who lost all their winter fodder in the March flooding events that devastated large areas of eastern Australia.
"On Friday it came full circle when we had 15 loads that were donated within the Valley go back out up to the Taree and Wauchope area," said Ms Kane.
Another 26 truck loads came from Victoria and other parts of NSW. The trucks met at Marulan and then again at Wyong on the Central Coast for lunch before heading north.
Another convoy of silage is currently being collected by farmers in the Valley and the organisation for another load that will be sent north in the coming months.
"Floods are tough, fires are tough, but in true Aussie spirit it's mates helping mates and our Valley put their hands up to help," Ms Kane said.
Cobargo dairy farmers have been through a lot when many of them lost property, livestock and even members of their own tight-knit community.
Tim Salway knows that grief firsthand. He lost his father Robert, 63, and his brother Patrick Salway, 29, as they fought to save their property in Cobargo during the 2019 New Year's Eve inferno.
He said nothing compared to the loss of family members, but that the little bit of relief from the donated feed helped keep their farm afloat through some of the toughest weeks of their life.
He said it was a difficult time to be a farmer in the area already prior to the fires, with widescale drought already having ravaged the area. He also lost around 160 head of cattle to the fires.
"You're going through the worst drought ever and we had nothing left, it was all burnt in the fire so we had no fodder whatsoever. So to see these trucks roll up you were able to feed your cows again and try and get through this bloody horrific time and you were okay for a few more days.
"We had nothing left, but we still had 300 cows to feed. But people just come out of the woodwork and so it was just lovely knowing you were able to give something to your cows."
Mr Salway said since farmers in the Bega Valley had experienced some of the best few months in terms of conditions for feed to flourish along the Far South Coast, they felt it was time to pay it forward.
"The summer was outstanding and everyone has got a fair bit of silage put away and on reserve and so 20 or 30 bales aren't gonna break you and them poor buggers up north needed it."
He sent a truckload of hay and silage from his farm using a tractor to load the bales onto the truck on Friday, June 11, which made their way up to a farm north of Taree.
"It was just a way of Cobargo and Quaama dairy farmers giving back. We thought it was a good idea to try and get some feed up there as it was one of the worst affected areas," said Mr Salway.
"Need for Feed have been an outstanding organisation that helps farmers out during drought, flood or fire and have helped the Valley tremendously."
The Salway family has been through so much in the last 18 months and their grief was felt by the whole Bega Valley community.
One of the ways Mr Salway said he had been able to get through it has just been to try to keep busy, as there was always something to do on the farm. But what remains is the struggle for a grieving family.
"You have your moments, there's no doubt about that and still do. It's bloody tough and it's bloody awful really," Mr Salway said.
"I would rather lose everything to get them back here, but it's just not going to happen. I don't know what to say, you just wish you could change it all."
He said having the help and assistance from community organisations definitely made things a little easier at times.
Need for Feed relies solely on donations of feed or money at this point, although it was currently looking into government assistance and rebates.
Ms Kane said one load would only get a dairy farmer through about a week and so donations are always needed and appreciated.
If you would like to donate head to the Need for Feed website.