Dairy NZ flood information

for Otago and Southland

Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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As you are aware the Southland/South Otago regions have recently experienced un-seasonally high rainfall totals, often over very short periods of time.

This has occurred at a difficult time as many of you are trying to get regrassing finished, crops planted and effluent pond levels down.

The following DairyNZ email contains links to resources and information that maybe useful to those that are currently experiencing saturated soils and flooding.

A large amount of helpful flood information can be found by clicking HERE  

If you are concerned regarding your current on farm situation please contact your local Consulting Officer by clicking HERE    or contact Ronda Ridsdale at ronda.ridsdale@dairynz.co.nz or phone 03 218 2274

Flood response information:

Grazing management

  • It is important to minimise pugging, which can be achieved using on/off grazing, back fencing, altered mob sizes etc. For wet weather grazing strategies Click HERE 

Managing crops:

  • Wait until the water has receded then assess the crop. How long was the crop under water? Was the flood water stationary or flowing at speed creating soil and crop disturbance? Assess how many plants remain to determine whether a re-drill is required.
  • Once conditions improve avoid taking short cuts. Ensure crop nutrient requirements are met, eliminate weeds for optimal growth and maximum light interception by the crop.
  • If you have any doubts or concerns get in touch with your local Agronomist/Technical field rep to discuss ‘where to from here’ for managing existing crops and making a plan for late planted crops. Crop type may need to be changed if sowing date is going to be too late to achieve good yields.

Effluent ponds:

  • If you are concerned your effluent pond may overflow, please contact Environment Southland or the Otago Regional Council to discuss possible solutions.
  • Review the following points and visit ‘full effluent advice’ Click HERE for more information: 
  • Understanding soil moisture deficit and how and where you can irrigate
  • Understand your consent conditions relating to effluent application
  • Reduce water entering into your effluent system
  • If soil conditions allow consider alternative options to drop the pond level faster e.g. use a contractor with a slurry tanker or umbilical system
  • If necessary have excess effluent removed from your pond and property

People:

  • You need to look after yourself and your team over this stressful time. For more detailed information and options you can visit by clicking HERE
  • Prioritise what needs doing and by who (how are you doing this?). Urgent vs. important.
  • Write down a checklist of actions that are required and formulate a plan of attack
  • Check in with staff and their families
  • Check in with neighbours when you can

The Rural Support Trust is always available. Click HERE  at or pH 0800 787 254

Other useful links:

  • What should I do if my wrapped baleage or silage stack got flooded? Click HERE 
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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Before snow hits

  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours.
  • Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator.
  • Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel:
    • Surplus feed
    • Generators
    • Food and alternative means of cooking and heating for your home
    • Emergency kit.
  • Have a battery-powered radio.
  • Have a smartphone, and know how to use it and how to charge it up in the car
  • If you need to travel any distance, make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • Have a flexible feed plan underway for stock.
  • If you know it’s coming, move stock to sheltered paddocks, especially young stock, to reduce exposure.
  • Make sure stock can access food and water, and you can access them.

 

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Tomarata Community Dinner June 25

Dinner & Quiz

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Author: Julie Jonker

 

Invitation to Farmers, Farming Teams and Families to a

FREE

COMMUNITY DINNER & QUIZ NIGHT Tuesday 25 June 2019

TOMARATA HALL

TIME TO LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING

AND THE CLEANING UP

FORMAT FOR THE EVENING:

6.30 7.00 Catch up with your neighbours and our team, while we cook dinner

7.00 7.40 Dinner (provided by the Northland Collaboration Group)

7.40 8.00 Quiz time prizes for the table with the most correct answers

8.00 &

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West Coast weather updates

as at 27 May

Monday, May 27, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

To keep update to date with the latest information please use the link below to our public information and emergency situation map.

https://wcrc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ae41303339d4448b8efa3b62157b9634

And follow CDEM's local Facebook page or Website for further information:

https://www.facebook.com/emergencywestcoast/

https://westcoastemergency.govt.nz/

 

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Lance Burdett article in Farmers' Weekly

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Perhaps the biggest hinderance to farmers' wellbeing is their lack of social life, says former police crisis negotiator Lance Burdett, who has begun his tour of the South Island to encourage wellness.

https://ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/farmers-it-s-good-to-talk?fbclid=IwAR1ddSAGlktVp5OfckrHCJlXCYLaLZHMHuesQljcIjUW0wFRM5X8uYtylfY

Make sure you book in!

 

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