NEIGHBOURS, friends and strangers are rallying to the support of stricken Dorrigo dairying farmer Warwick Marks and his family to help them fight back from the loss of half their income and assets.
The family's herd was halved when a lightning bolt felled and killed 68 head of prime dairy cows on Monday.
The Marks family have taken hundreds of calls offering support, while Elders Dor- rigo and agent Brian Darby have been contacted by many people offering cattle and financial support.
Elders have been forced to begin accepting cheques for an appeal for the family, even though staff member Michelle Kellett said they had not yet had time to properly organise the appeal.
Brian Mr Darby has offered to sell all donated cattle through Dorrigo saleyards, waiving agents' fees on the sale and put the proceeds into a trust account for the family.
Macksville agents GJ Kennedy and Co and Kempsey agents Kempsey Stock and Land will also sell donated cattle commission-free.
Mrs Kellett said this process would ensure the money raised was useful to the family whatever their future plans were.
Elders Dorrigo can be contacted on 6657 2014.