Strategies for getting through the summer dry

March 2019

Published on Monday, March 04, 2019

Facing drought?  Want to hear what others have done to get through?

When the El Niño 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.

Friday 16th March

Andy’s Tip - Don't make decisions by your neighbour's actions

Rural Support Trusts' Role – Lindsay Wright,  Co-coordinator, Southland Rural Support Trust 

With 24 years of experience as a fourth generation farmer, Lindsay has personally experienced and beaten the "down side" of stress and knows the difference the support of others can make when times are tough.

  • Rural Support's role, and how they benefit from a medium scale adverse event
  • How people can use the service
  • Wrap up of the series 
Listen to Lindsay Wright's Interview

Other links:

Thursday 15th March

Andy’s Tip - Use modern technology. Phone, GPS, Internet

A Young Farmer's Experience and Learnings - Guy Linton, Canterbury Farmer 

Share some of the learnings learnt from the challenges that Guy has had to face that other young farmers can relate to and also learn from. Guy has only been back on the farm for a year and has already faced many challenges.

Listen to Guy Linton's Interview

Other information on Good Yarn Workshops  

 

Wednesday 14th March

Andy’s Tip - Don’t do an “Ostrich”. Financial, feed, decision, dates, paying bills.

Financial Planning – Ian Harrington, Malloch McClean, Invercargill 

  • What farmers should be considering from a financial point of view.
  • Talking to advisors and the questions to ask about your business.
  • Benchmarking, Budgeting Tools available.

Other links

 
Tuesday 13th March

Andy’s Tip - Share your thoughts. Work as a team.

Women's points of view - a panel discussion.

  • Rebekah Kelly - sheep & beef farmer, Waiau.
    • Rebekah experienced three years of North Canterbury drought, then the massive Waiau earthquake, which formed "Lake Rebekah" on her property.
  • Chanelle O'Sullivan - founder of Farming Mums facebook page.

Women tend to carry the whole family's weight when times are tough. How do we ensure they have the mental strength to do this without compromising their own wellbeing?

  • Supporting your partner. 
  • Strategize together
  • Money is often also tight
  • Promoting family time
Listen to Rebekah and Chanelle's Interview

 

Monday 12th March

Andy’s Tip - Be optimistic, with a touch of realistic

Pest Focus - Colin Ferguson, Ag Pest NZ

Listen to Colin Ferguson's Interview

Other useful links:

 

Friday 9th March

Andy’s Tip - You are tough and capable. Live, breathe, work it.

Dairy Focus - Nathan Nelson, DairyNZ

  • Summer Dry – Recovery After the Rain
  • Crops
  • Rotation Lengths
  • Having discussions with graziers on feed availability & cattle movements
  • Ensuring cows are in good condition before dry off – tips and tricks 
Listen to Nathan Nelson's Interview

Other useful links:

 

Thursday 8th March

Andy’s Tip - Always look forward, experience is the only thing you should take from the past.

Animal health and welfare - Joel Hughes, Vet South Gore Vet

  • Now that its rained animal health diseases to watch out for
  • Worm burdens/risk levels that could be seen
  • How to pull light weights in livestock up
  • Mineral supplement options to consider
  • Long term effects that low feed levels can have on stock health 
Listen to Joel Hughes' Interview

 

Wednesday 7th March

Andy's Tip - Be open to new and progressive ideas. If your advisors are tough on you in tough times you probably have a good advisor. Don’t be afraid to ask advice. ​

Pasture & Crop Management - Wayne Nichol, PGG Wrightsons

  • New Grass paddocks and weed control
  • Repairing the gaps caused from burning off
  • Patching of crops and tips to boost growth 
Listen to Wayne Nichol's Interview

 

Tuesday 6th March
Andy's Tip - Make a list of jobs and cross them out as they are completed.

Planning advice - Deane Carson, Agribusiness Consultants.

Listen to Deane Carson's Interview


Check out the planning links below.

 

 

 

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News & Alerts

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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