Feed coordination service

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-people/finding-feed-farmers-need

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Sharon Cousins, of Balclutha, is one of four temporary feed co-ordinators appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Ms Cousins covers the Otago and Southland area while Tammy Johnson, who is based at DairyNZ, Lincoln, is the South Island feed co-ordinator. Two others are based in the North Island. The feed service is an initiative set up by the Feed Working Group, an MPI and industry collaboration to manage the impacts of drought and Covid-19.  However, the continuation of the service is subject to a decision by MPI early next month,  after it evaluates whether it is still needed.

 

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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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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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News & Alerts

The Community Mindfulness Project

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

For our farmers and rural community in the Hurunui

The Community Mindfulness Project presents two events especially for Hurunui residents; both on scientific and practical ways to build resilience.

                               “You can’t stop the waves….but you can learn to surf!” Jon Kabat Zinn

Life and farming are always going to be unpredictable and uncertain, however hard we try to control the variables. What we can do something about is how we approach difficulties and ourselves, how quickly we bounce back.  These events cover a range of proven practices that provide a buffer and support us when we experience inevitable stress and hard times.

The Community Mindfulness Project: A collaboration between Mindfulness North Canterbury,  Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust and Logan Smythe and Associates to bring free science-based resilience and wellbeing courses, workshops and podcasts to North Canterbury, made possible by AIA Vitality.

Building Resilience 5 Week Course: Hurunui

Build a resilient brain and a resilient community, together.  

5 consecutive Monday nights

Starting 22 Feb 2021

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BUSINESS ADVICE FUND FOR HAIL AFFECTED GROWERS

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Author: SuzanneOsborne

Business Advice Fund

The Business Advice Fund is available to help fund consultancy or financial advice for farmers and growers who are struggling with the financial viability of their business. This fund is available for growers hit hard by the recent storms and who now find their business in jeopardy.  It is there to help them make sound decisions for the future of their business. Up to $3000 is available from RSTs with matching funding from their bank giving a total of up to $6,000.  Growers should approach their bank in the first instance to ensure they are supportive of their application.  If they are to apply then they should contact their Rural Support Trust.

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Wishbone Pet Food partners with Rural Support Trust to help New Zealand farmers The family-run company is giving $5 for every bag sold of Wishbone Gold, their newest pet food specially made for work

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Wishbone Gold is the first New Zealand-made pet food using New Zealand ingredients for the country’s working dogs. Deemed as the heart of New Zealand farms, working dogs make a huge contribution to a farmer's success. They work in all weathers, running 60 up to 100 kilometers a day, often at the speed of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour, to guard and herd sheep and cattle.  

To keep their hearts healthy, Wishbone Gold is formulated with Taurine, an amino acid that aids in heart function. Each 20 kg bag is made with 100% free-range New Zealand Beef and Lamb for strong muscles and enriched with Glucosamine for joint health. Working dogs will also benefit from the power of Wishbone Gold’s 8 superfoods: Mango, Papaya, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Rosemary, Basil, and Peppermint. Each superfood helps boost the immune system, maintain a healthy digestive system, and power working dogs throughout the day. 

Bateup is thankful for Wishbone Gold’s support. “Rural Support is a not-for-profit organisation so we are incredibly grateful for the support of Wishbone Gold.  It is a great partnership - just like a farmer with his dog/s. Funds raised from the sale of bags can be utilised across Rural NZ to help make a difference.”

To order your sample go to www.wishbonegold.co.nz

 

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Surfing for Farmers - Southland

Give it a go - Thursday nights on the South Coast

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas

The popular Surfing for Farmers programme has started in Southland and will be held at either Colac Bay, Riverton Rocks or Monkey Island at 6pm on Thursday nights.

It’s all about getting off farm and learning something new while having some fun! Grab a car load and come down.
🌊 Surfing For Farmers (S4F) is free!
🌊 Lessons, boards, wet suits and H&S provided by local surf school
🌊 Location depends on the where the waves are (Colac Bay, Riverton Rocks or Monkey Island)
🌊 If there’s no waves we will still be at the beach with snorkels and paddle boards

Go to our Facebook Page for more details and the destination on the day - https://www.facebook.com/SouthlandRST

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