Tips from farmers for winter storms
Published on Monday, June 17, 2019
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
- 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.
Useful information from:
Beef + Lamb NZ https://beeflambnz.com/knowledge-hub/PDF/snow-guidelines
Dairy NZ https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/heavy-snow/
MPI: Animals in snowstorms https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/30639-animals-affected-by-a-snowstorm-advice-for-livestock-lifestyle-block-horse-and-pet-owners
During snow or ice storms
- Look after the safety of your family, workers and yourself.
- If you go out, wear several layers and keep dry and moving to prevent loss of body heat.
- Let people know where you are going and what time you'll be back.
- Be aware of snow risks including black ice, and clumps of snow or ice falling off buildings.
- Make sure stock can't wander in power outage.
- Check power and phones. Report outages if possible. Check neighbours - is it just your power/phone?
- Talk to your neighbours and advisors as the situation evolves.
- The biggest risk to stock is access to water. Make sure they are able to get to troughs and break ice on troughs.
- Monitor the local radio and your council, NZTA, CDEM webpages for news and information.
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