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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Post Quake Farming Newsletter

March 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Check out the latest news and upcoming workshops for the Post Quake Farming project,

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Support for drought extends across the top of the South Island

Minister's media release 12 March

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Rural Communities

12 March 2019
MEDIA STATEMENT
Support for drought extends across the top of the South Island
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the medium-scale event classification for the Tasman drought would be extended to cover Marlborough and Buller as well as Nelson.
 
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Nelson Tasman Drought

Update as at 14 March

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Water restrictions have been lifted in some areas.  Follow

https://www.tasman.govt.nz/my-council/about-us/media-centre/news-and-notices/water-restrictions-lifted-in-golden-bay-waimea-still-needs-to-conserve-water/

Animal welfare and human welfare advice

The focus is now on getting through drought.  A worksheet to help you make decisions can be found here.

- Flyer for livestock owners is here

- Flyer for horticulture is here

Not sure who to talk to? 

  • Call Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 (24 hours) or call your local Trust.
  • For animal welfare call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4)                       

The Civil Defence response has now moved into transition.  To keep an eye on fires it's still good to check www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz/news  or https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement

Meantime the fire risk remains extreme. Stay prepared:

  • Have a plan in place that includes your animals. If you need to evacuate:
  • Take pets with you – if you can do so safely – or take them to a safe place. Do not leave pets in cars.
  • If you need to leave animals at your property, make sure they have access to 2-3 days of food and water, are in a safe space (such as a paddock with little to no grass or near a waterway) and can move to avoid danger.
  • Consider opening gates within your property so that outdoor animals can move away from the fire. Do not open gates on to roads.
  • Remove any flammable or heat-sensitive gear from your animals while the fire risk is still high, especially those with polyester or metal on them like horse rugs and halters.
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Strategies for getting through the summer dry

March 2019

Monday, March 04, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Facing drought?  Want to hear what others have done to get through?

When the El NiƱo of 2015 - 2016 saw much of New Zealand facing prolonged dryness, Cheviot farmer Andy Fox came up with some tips.

In 2018 Southland experienced unusual dryness. Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Olivia Ross, along with the Muster's Andy Thompson came up with a radio series based on Andy's tips, called: "What did the Fox say?"

Listen to Andy Fox's Interview

Andy's Top 10 Tips

1)  Don't sleep in. If you are tired go to bed earlier and get up at the same time. One hour in the morning is worth two at night. Get out of bed and get going.

2) Do something for others. This can be one of the most satisfying things you can do when you are under stress.

3) Pick up dead stock straight away and dispose of them out of sight.

4) Life is never fair. Get used to it!

5) What people think of you is none of your business. So don't worry about it

6) Don't be scared of success or failure. There is always an element of risk in any business, especially farming. “Failure is the opportunity to try again with more knowledge” Henry Ford.

7) If you think you can, and if you think you can't your probably right. Ref Henry Ford. In other words, attitude and application are critical.

8) Look after your staff, yourself. Without health you have very little.

9) Set goals short and long term, plus ideas/methods on goal achievement.

10) Never miss an opportunity to praise someone for something good they have done. Worker, family member, truck driver.  It's just as much benefit to the giver as the receiver.

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