Mycoplasma Bovis

For 'forward trace' farms in Taranaki

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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Dry summer support

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Author: Marcia

The NIWA drought index measures dry conditions across the country. Their hotspot watch helps identify areas that are getting dry each week.

Like all adverse events, a drought is classified as either localised, medium-scale or large-scale.

What farmers need to do now

Don’t hold out for rain as a reason to delay any decisions you need to make. Make plans and decisions in light of current conditions and warm temperatures driving high evapotranspiration. It will take significant rainfall to slow down or reverse the dry conditions. 

That it is so dry so early in the season may further limit your options, or create uncertainty, such as decisions on which animals to sell or cull.

In many locations stock feed in the form of hay and silage is lower than normal due to the wet winter and spring. You need to understand your local situation and factor these delays in your planning.

Tips from farmers who have managed their way through past dry spells:

  •  Review the technical information from your industry bodies on managing in dry weather.
  • Do a feed budget.
  • Make a plan and set trigger points to make decisions or take action: Dates, stock condition, feed availability; Once a day milking, drying off, culling early.  Ensure relevant contract partners agree with the plan. When those points or times hit, enact your plan.
  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and soil moisture levels, especially on your own farm as it can vary from your neighbours’. (NIWA is useful).
  • Use water efficiently and plan for water restrictions. Check irrigation consents for any triggers that will require you to make changes to usage.
  • Ensure bores are well maintained and make contingency plans in case supply fails.
  • Look after your animals and regularly check their condition.
  • Make decisions for slaughter well in advance and book space in time (since killing space may be in high demand in your area)
  • Be vigilant on very hot days. Animals cannot be left for much time with no shade or access to water.
  • Be aware of increased risk of fire and take precautions
  • Talk to your bank, accountants and other advisors, seek their advice, and ask for help if you need it.        
  • Your Rural Support Trust is here to help. If you need to get pointed in the right direction for advice or information, are concerned about a friend, a neighbour, a worker…. or just need a private chat, their services are free & confidential. Call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) or visit www.rural-support.org.nz.

This document will give you some tips and tricks for mitigating the dry hot summer conditions.

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Myrtle Rust

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Author: Marcia

Myrtle rust find in new region

MPI Media Release Date: 

A positive detection of myrtle rust has been made in the Waikato region. This new find, along with a further 3 properties in Taranaki, brings the total number of confirmed infected properties to 16 nationally.

People can report any suspected signs of myrtle rust to MPI's Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Do not touch the rust or the plant. Note the location and take photos of the symptoms and the plant.
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Dry Cow Therapy

Drying Off

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Author: Marcia
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News & Alerts

Nelson Tasman Fires

Update as at 11 Feb 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Who do I call and where do I go?
Concerned about safety of people? Call 111.

Evacuating? You can go to Civil Defence Centre at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke

They can help with:

  • Your pets
  • Welfare information and advice
  • Help with accommodation if you need it.

Please register with CDEM if you evacuate

  • If you don’t use the centre or need any help, please call 03 543 8400 to register
  • This means you’re on our list to send you information about getting back home.


Civil Defence payments

  • Do you need food, petrol, clothing? Civil Defence payments can be made available for evacuated people. Talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009.

Work and income

  • If you don’t know if you can get help, or are finding supporting your family tricky: talk to Work and Income on 0800 559 009. They may be able to help cover urgent or unexpected costs, living expenses, lost wages, benefits, and housing assistance.

Health and support

  • GP visits and pharmacy prescriptions will be waived for fire-related appointments. For help accessing a GP call 03 543 7841
  • Wakefield Health Centre is in the Richmond community health hub (281 Queen St)
  • Or call the freephone Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • Rural people can call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.
  • After hours and weekends: Medical and Injury Centre (Nelson) and in Motueka (Greenwood Health or The Doctors) Nelson Bays Primary Health. www.nbph.org.nz

Insurance

  • When you return to your property take photos and call your insurance company.

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For the most up to date information about the fires visit: Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website: www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz/news  or https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement


Not sure who to talk to?  Call Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 (24 hours)

Stock

For animal welfare call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4)                        

If you may need to evacuate, try to move or prepare your animals beforehand.

If you need help with this, or if you have evacuated and had to leave your animals behind,
please call MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4) with as much information as you can give them.

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Upskilling for farming women - sheep and beef courses

RMPP-funded courses nationally

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB)

Understanding Your Farming Business equips and supports women involved in sheep and beef farming to lift business performance. Whether you’re farming with others or on your own, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to help create a positive future.   

Fully funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), this programme will ensure you return to your business with fresh eyes, be equipped to play a greater part in decision making and be able to communicate powerfully with farming partners, financial advisors and rural professionals. 

Two courses are available:

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Next SRST Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Author: SuperUser Account

Next meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust -

General Meeting

Location:  ***Note Change***

                 Middle Pub, Winton

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Time:

Trustees Only: 10am

Facilitators and Key Partners: 11am

Stakeholders: 1.00pm

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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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