Amazing response to sheep slaughter

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 05:00 28/06/2014

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The North Otago community is uniting to support the Stackhouse family after the brutal slaying of nearly 200 sheep at their Ngapara farm.

A fundraising stock sale, organised by Federated Farmers and the local community, will be held in Oamaru on Monday, July 7, at the Waiareka saleyards after the morning's usual sale.

North Otago Federated Farmers vice-president Lyndon Strang said all proceeds from the sale will go to Peter and Janine Stackhouse, who lost an estimated $30,000 worth of stock in the attack.

"If people would like to donate ewes or lambs it would be greatly appreciated. If this is possible, we ask for ewes or lambs to be delivered to the Waiareka saleyards on the morning of the sale."

If donors are unable to deliver stock themselves, Strang asked them to contact North Otago Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Greg Ruddenklau to arrange collection.

Peter Stackhouse said he was astonished by the support the family has received since the attacks.

"It's been overwhelming, the community has been really, really good," he said.

"It's quite embarrassing really, them doing it for us. People have been visiting us and some have brought food, some have brought flowers and others have helped out on the farm."

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- The Timaru Herald

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