Support Teams Ready To Help - Hawke's Bay

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/support-teams-ready-to-help

Monday, April 6, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Dedicated teams have been set up to provide support for Hawke’s Bay farmers and rural communities affected by drought and constrained by the national lockdown.

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group co-chairmen Wade Nilsson and Lochie MacGillivray say the eight teams cover water, feed, logistics, finance, welfare, animal health, Maori liaison and Wairoa.

“These teams are operational and can provide specialist support in their particular area,” MacGillivray says.

“We are conducting surveys with people in the worst drought-affected areas as well as further afield and are working hard to find ways to support people.

“Our initial survey results show the main issues are around feed and water shortages, soil and moisture deficits, TB movement control and delays in getting animals to the works. We are helping these people in partnership with other agencies.”

The rural community, particularly in Central Hawke’s Bay, faces unprecedented drought conditions. They need help urgently. Some communities are also affected by bovine TB stock control.

“For those we aren’t in contact with, you can still contact our 0800 RURAL HELP number.”

Nilsson says the situation has been changing daily and he urges farmers to check on their neighbours as often as possible to see how they are and offer support if needed.

“The rural community is in the middle of a severe drought along with other significant pressures such as covid-19. The rural community knows how to rally together and support each other. We urge people to do just this and look after each other.”

Nilsson says anyone needing support should contact the East Coast Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for free and confidential advice or visit rural-support.org.nz.

Those wanting to buy or sell feed should check AgriHQ’s feed noticeboard at agrihq.co.nz/feed-noticeboard.

Farmers can find out if they qualify for financial help from the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, an initiative funded by banks and the Government that offers support for farmers struggling with farm debt.

For more information on the fund visit nzba.org.nz/2020/02/25/new-fund-to-get-advice-for-struggling-farmers-is-now-open/.

For more information on dealing with dry conditions visit www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/adverse-events/dealing-with-drought-conditions/.

The group, made up of representatives from rural and primary sector agencies, is working closely with Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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Rural Support Trusts - how we can help in the M. bovis programme

We are more than just an ear to listen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Your regional Rural Support Trust (RST) is on-hand to support farmers being affected by M. bovis.

Our services are free and confidential.

As well as someone to talk to about your concerns, we can help you navigate through the process. We have training in and experience with the M. bovis programme, and know how it works.

Whatever your experience looks like, we can help in many ways including:

  • Trained facilitators who know how the programme works, and the process involved to help you navigate though.
  • Listening to your concerns and issues.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Phone calls, texts, emails – at a time that suits you.
  • Visiting and attending meetings with you.
  • One on one support and wrap around support – for you, your family, and your farming team.
  • Connecting – if we don’t know the answer we will help connect you to people who do.
  • Peer support – connecting with other farmers that have been through the process.
  • Helping you and your family access counselling services.

Depending on the individual farming operation it can be a lengthy process, involving a number of M. bovis Programme teams and RSTs offer support throughout the process and the ability to help shift things along if they get stuck.

We are rural people, helping rural people – we are farming people who understand the challenges of rural life.

Just call 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP). There are Rural Support Trust branches all over the country. Ringing 0800 787 254 will connect you to help in your area.

Supporting Our Rural Community

0800 RURAL HELP

www.rural-support.org.nz

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Cyclone Season

What to do in case of severe rain/storm

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

Before severe rain

· Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed.

· Clear gutters and drains where possible

· Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio

· Check your insurance cover details

 

During a flood or storm

· Keep an eye on https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ and your regional council websites/facebook or radio station

· The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.

· Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can't wander. Are the electric fences working?

· Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities as it can help prevent damage to your home or community. Unplug small appliances to avoid damage from power surges.

· Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless essential.

· Check power and phones. Report outages.

· Check dogs, poultry and pets.

· Check on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?

· Check buildings at risk, feed stacks. · Use generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention. 

 

Further information:

https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/flood/

https://beeflambnz.com/news-views/topics/flooding

MPI Animal welfare 

 

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News & Alerts

School Colouring Competition

This one is for the kids!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Download and print our colouring competition to be in to win - and a prize pack for your school. 

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Professional Farm Business Advice Fund

Monday, October 19, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

Feeling the pinch?

Finance plays an essential role in every business, including farming, growing or agri-business. Related to this are matters such as debt management, tax management and business structures.

Usually you can see a way ahead and you are working with your accountant and bank. But sometimes you feel financially stuck and you may want to discuss this with someone and we’re here to help.

Also, following is information about some assistance we may be able to help you tap into.

New fund to get advice for struggling farmers is now open

Joint statement by the National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association, 25 February 2020

A new initiative funded by banks and the government offering support for farmers struggling with farm debt is now up and running. 

The government has allocated $200,000 for the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, to be managed by Rural Support Trusts.

For a qualifying farmer the Fund will provide up to $6,000 to pay for financial or business advice from an independent consultant.

The National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association have recently signed the agreement for the Fund. Under the agreement, the RSTs will provide up to $3000, depending on an assessment of need, and the relevant bank will match that dollar for dollar.

RST National Council chair Neil Bateup says the fund is for a farmer who is feeling pressure. “This might be because there’s been some change or their bank has indicated they need to discuss their debt situation. The hope is that there may still be options available so that the wishes of all parties can form a solution for going forward.”

“There’s a recognition it’s in everyone’s best interest for a farmer to have up-to-date business and financial plans,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “This will inform conversations between the farmer and their bank.”

Rural Support Trusts will take an application from, or on behalf of, a farmer who might qualify for assistance.

The consultant will provide a report, which will be given to the farmer and their bank.

This initiative involves ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Heartland Bank, Rabobank, SBS Bank, TSB and Westpac. 

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Step up For Farming

Search Step up For Farming on Facebook or email events@ruralsupport.org.nz for updates

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Connect, be active, try something new, take notice and give are all great ways to support your wellbeing.   Step Up for Farming is about getting out and about and taking steps towards your wellbeing. 

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Bay of Plenty Rural Connect Issue #13

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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