Getting through a Dry Period
We all know dry spells and droughts can be long and relentless. In many regions, dry weather and the effects of COVID-19 restrictions have combined to create feed pressure for farmers. Now is the time to seek help and plan for the next few months. There are a range of options available to support you practically, financially, mentally, and help you maintain the welfare of your livestock.
Talk it through
There are many people to talk to for advice on your situation and possible options available - click on the following organisations to access their websites for more details:
These organisations all have experienced professionals who understand the challenges and can provide advice.
NIWA Weather details - go to here
Feed Planning Support
Getting a plan in place can help give you peace of mind. Having a feed budget can help you:
- Calculate your feed demand
- Calculate your feed supply
- Investigate options to fill feed gaps
- Proactively make decisions.
A “snapshot feed plan” can be completed in 20 minutes, and there are lots of support available from farm advisers, industry organisations and specialist services
Feed Coordination Service
The National Feed Coordination
Service is a free service, matching willing buyers with willing sellers. The
service is actively sourcing feed to help those most in need of additional feed
to get through the coming months.
The process to register your
surplus feed is easy just call 0800 Farming (0800 327646) select option 2 and
request a call back.
Alternately you can register
online with the following links:
I have feed for sale
There is also the opportunity to
register grazing with the following links:
I have grazing available
I need grazing
The feed coordination service is
supported by Federated Farmers, B+LNZ, DairyNZ and MPI.
Other useful resources:
If your are unsure where to start, we can supply you with free and confidential support and connect you with the services you need, whether financial, business or health-related.
Call now 0800 787 254 (RURAL HELP)