Farmers joining shave-free for calving Rural Support Trust fundraiser

Donations will go to every RST nationwide through the new National Council

Published on Wednesday, June 07, 2017

“When your first calf of the season is born -you have a good, close, shave, then hang up your razor. When the final cow calves, THEN you can get that beard off.”

This is shave-free for calving, the fundraiser launched by Marlborough farmer Lyndon Campbell last year.

“In 2016 we raised nearly $3000 for the Top of the South Rural Support Trust, and we are very proud of that,” says Lyndon. “However we feel there is much room to grow by getting more farmers involved.”

This year he’s going national and is calling farmers from all over New Zealand to get hairy and scratchy along with him (the blokes, at least) on this facebook page.

And people can sponsor their hairy farming friends by donating to the Rural Support Trust:

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Lyndon has asked for all donations to be split between the 14 Rural Support Trusts all over New Zealand.

“The earthquake that struck Kaikoura in November 2016 caused much damage and we are proud to say that some of the funds we raised were able help families in need in this region.

“This year we want farmers from all over NZ to take on the challenge and simply encourage people to make a donation to the cause.

“After all, The Rural Support Trust is there for farmers all year round and every little bit raised can help them to help us.”



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Author: Terri Anderson

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News & Alerts

Myrtle Rust

Kerikeri myrtle rust response –Daily update 11 May 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

Author: Julie Jonker

No significant news to report today.

Ground teams in Kerikeri have completed inspections of the areas extending 500m out from the two confirmed positive sites.

The situation remains that there are still just two known infected properties. The initial nursery in Kerikeri where the myrtle rust incursion was first detected and a neighbouring residential garden.

All other suspected finds that were sampled have tested negative for myrtle rust. This includes a sample from a nursery in south Auckland.

Today field personnel have partnered with local iwi to mount intensive inspections of coastal areas close to Kerikeri for signs of the fungal disease.

The public message remains - if you believe you have seen signs of myrtle rust - DO NOT TOUCH IT or the plant - take a photo of the rust and the plant. Call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

Full information is at

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Rural flood recovery response event this Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday 12th April, from 1-4pm, NOTE VENUE CHANGE

4/12/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Author: Terri Anderson

The venue has been changed to the Awakeri Hall, White Pine Bush Road 1-4pm

We will have a ‘rolling’ BBQ, thanks to the FarmSource BBQ and FMG food supplies, and a collection of organisations and networks that are able to provide help of various kinds to rural folk as they begin recovering from the flooding.

We envisage just a short opening address by RST introducing who is present and acknowledging help already received. Then the format will be open for folk to eat and talk for the afternoon.

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Neil Bateup, Chairperson, Rural Support National Council

Rural Delivery radio interview

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Neil Bateup chats about the vital roles of the Rural Support Trusts in this radio interview.


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Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Recovery Grant

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The Minister for Primary Industries has earmarked $200,000 to help Bay of Plenty Farmers with recovery following the April floods and storms caused by ex-Cyclones Debbie and Cook.

Primary producers in the area can apply for grants of between $2000 and $10,000 per farming business to help towards costs that primary producers have incurred as a result of the storms. Applications will be administered by the Whakatāne District Council against criteria set by the Government.

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