Prisoners and staff from Glen Innes Correctional Centre are out helping drought-affected farmers through an innovative program.
Teams have been working at a farm in the region feeding ewes, measuring damaged fencing and cleaning out feed troughs.
Farmer Wayne Lowe said the assistance had been a huge blessing.
Necessary farm maintenance had fallen by the wayside because of the drought.
“I can’t express how grateful I am for their support and was so impressed by how polite, respectful and helpful the inmates were,” Mr Lowe said.
“This is a huge job for me, and so when the team came out here to help, they picked it up quickly and just got on with the jobs with no dramas whatsoever.”
According to Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, the nine low-security inmates would soon soon start work on other properties.