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Leptospirosis awareness

increase in animals in the Bay of Plenty

Monday, November 13, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

There has been an increase in leptospirosis bacteria in domestic animals and livestock in the Bay of Plenty. This is not uncommon in areas that have been flooded, and have damp soil or stagnant water.

Leptospirosis is easy to catch from an infected animal and where it lives.

For further information on leptospirosis talk to your vet or search safer farms lepto  http://saferfarms.org.nz/guides/prevention-and-control-of-leptospirosis/

 

 

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Cleanup help for flood-hit farmers

Enhanced Taskforce Green

Friday, November 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

If you or anyone you know of has some residual cleanup which they want a hand with, please call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING), then select the Flood Event Assistance option (currently option 2).

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Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The latest media release is here: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/further-moves-underway-to-contain-cattle-disease-mycoplasma-bovis/

In July 2017, MPI detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. Regular updates are here: www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/

Key contacts

Questions for MPI – 0800 00 83 33 or Email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz
Oamaru welfare contact – 027 447 4610 or Email: mbwellbeing@asurequality.com
Rural Support trust – 0800 787 254
Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline – 0800 80 99 66
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Don't miss! An evening with Doug Avery

Friday 3 November

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The BOP Rural Support Trust is holding an evening out for the rural community at the Little Theatre in Whakatane on Friday 3 November from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Come and hear Doug Avery share his powerful story of how he turned his Marlborough farm – and his life – around.

He has some great tips for all of us dealing with what life throws at us.

Tickets are $10 each, from Paper Plus on the Strand in Whakatane. Light refreshments will be served and Doug’s book “The resilient farmer” will be on sale.

If you need some help or you’re are concerned about someone close to you in rural Bay of Plenty, then you can call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.

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Doug Avery's Resilient Farmer

bite-sized videos

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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What are GoodYarn workshops?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
People who live and work on the land manage a set of challenges including long working hours, extreme weather events, isolation, financial pressures, and stress of being 24/7 on-farm. These factors can affect mental wellbeing. To take care of yourself, and be able to help others, one of the best things you can do is talk.
 
GoodYarn is a hands-on workshop to give you the practical tools, confidence and understanding of mental illness and wellness, so you can talk to people in rural communities about mental health. It’s free to attend and focuses on rural issues especially for rural professionals, farmers and rural community members.
 
Launched in 2014 with the support of Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Rural Support, Dairy Women’s Network, Beef and Lamb and Rural Women, GoodYarn was the 2016 Category Winner at Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Service Awards. The programme was developed in 2014 by the WellSouth Primary Health Network in Otago and Southland, in consultation with farmers, Rural Support Trusts, farming bodies and health agencies.
 
Duration and location 
• Workshops take 2.5 hours
• Usually for groups of 10-20
• The NCRST’s two facilitators will be running one a month from October
• Available in most communities around New Zealand.
 
What is included
• Tips for maintaining mental wellbeing
• How to recognise the signs of stress and common mental health problems
• Practical tools to help you initiate a conversation if concerned about someone
• How to access the right support services
 
 
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