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Monday, December 24, 2018
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.
MPI Animal welfare
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, East Coast, West Coast
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
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
It's all hands on deck!
MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)
Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland
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