Challenging times on the farm?

When circumstances beyond your control lead to a rural business crisis - financial, climatic or personal - the Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust is ready to assist you.

The Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust is a charitable organisation set up to work with the rural community when times are tough on the farm or in the family.

We are part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trusts that can assist rural people and communities during and after extreme weather and other declared adverse events. We can access Government adverse event funding and connect you with support from Government agencies, helping individuals and your rural communities get back on your feet.

Trust members are local rural people with a wide range of experience and knowledge in challenging rural situations. Our facilitators are happy to travel where we are needed, so contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you. Our services are free and confidential.

News & Alerts

Quiz Night & Auction

30 November 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Author: WandaLeadbeater
Grab your friends, family, workmates and join us for our annual fundraising quiz night. Teams of up to 8 people. This year's first prize is a $600 voucher!
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Flooding in the North Island - advice for rural people

15 July 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 111

Widespread rain has affected much of the Coromandel, Hauraki and the general Waikato region. The Waikato Regional Council floodroom is active https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/services/regional-services/regional-hazards-and-emergency-management/flood-room/.

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Mystery Creek Fieldays 2018

Ride with Rural Support

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Author: WandaLeadbeater
Join us in the Health & Wellbeing Hub at the 2018 Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Challenge your family, friends and workmates in the Rural Race.

Ride for fun, ride to race - either way ride with us
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First winter storm sweeping the country

midday, 10 April 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

As the winter weather is making itself felt, most recently with tornadoes in Taranaki and Ruapehu, please stay safe and travel only if absolutely necessary.

Treat all lines as live and report power outages to your supplier.

Please ask for assistance if you need it, and keep an eye on your neighbours.

For updates at this stage please refer to https://www.facebook.com/TaranakiCivilDefence/ and https://www.facebook.com/ruapehudc/

Weather updates http://www.metservice.com/national/home.

Pic below of unoccupied home, taken from Ruapehu District Council facebook page.

 

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Summer BBQ: 10 Feb 2018 Glen Murray Hall

No bull - just some free good old fashion fun for everyone!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Author: WandaLeadbeater
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When farmland is flooded by seawater

Storm surges and king tides

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?

  • The impact will depend on how long the crop or pasture is covered by seawater. If it’s only for a short time – up to 48 hours – and gets good rainfall, grasses should bounce back. 
  • Rain is needed to wash the salt away. It’s likely the saltwater was diluted by the rains during the storm which measured up to 70mm.
  • The last similar event in the areas was 15 July 1995. This was during winter, there was plenty of rain to wash out, and pasture recovered well over a three month period.

 

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One of these things is not like the other

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?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

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.  

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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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GoodYarn

A short, practical workshop for those who regularly talk to farmers as well as those living and working on farms or in rural communities

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Author: WandaLeadbeater

The workshops are aimed for anyone living or working in rural communities including: - 

  • farmers

  • rural employers and contractors 

  • stock agents and contractors 

  • agribusines professionals

 

 

 

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Weather warning - during and after snowstorms

As at 21 July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

After snow and ice 

It's all hands on deck!

  • Call your local Rural Support Trust for free confidential conversations on 0800 787 254
  • Look after yourself, your family, workers and neighbours. Ask for help and accept it when offered.
  • Ensure stock and domestic animals have water, food, shelter, and are secure.
  • Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Treat all lines as live.

Keeping on after a snowstorm

MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)

Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.

www.dairynz.co.nz/feed/seasonal-management/spring-management/magnesium-calcium-and-energy/

www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Farm/Metabolic%20disease%20in%20ewes.pdf

Some handy tips from farmers who have been there, done that...

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Donations

We are a voluntary Charitable Trust and would welcome your donation to help us continue supporting our Rural Families.

You can make a donation to Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust in the following way:

Bank Transfer:
ANZ Bank 06-0317-0805560-01, ref: Donation

Please email us for a receipt.