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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
https://www.facebook.com/notes/ministry-for-primary-industries/trace-farms-and-mycoplasma-bovis/1722318001183302/An article from MPI for 'forward trace' farms in Taranaki.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Farmers and growers in very dry regions around the country are urged to make plans to get through a summer that has turned hot and dry sooner than usual.
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor said today that the latest information from NIWA and industry bodies makes it clear that while farmers are generally coping through this early dry spell, rain over the next few weeks cannot be relied upon.
Categories: National, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland
Friday, December 08, 2017
It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?
Dry spells and droughts are part of life for many farmers across New Zealand. Farmers monitor their local conditions, plan for dry weather, and make tough decisions early.
MPI doesn’t declare droughts, but help to identify if the impacts of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Events Calendar
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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.
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.
This document will give you some tips and tricks for mitigating the dry hot summer conditions.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland