Our People

Seeking help early can reduce issues before they become unmanageable, be they weather or environmental related, financial, or personal. If you or someone you know in the rural community need help contact the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust :

Allan & Sue Baird

Phone: (03) 308 7594
Mobile: (027) 435 0141
Email: allan.baird@xtra.co.nz

Tim Silva

Phone: (03) 308 1890
Mobile: (021) 505 137
Email: tim.silva@tp.co.nz

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Allan Baird - CoodinatorAllan Baird

Coordinator

Allan has an extensive rural background ranging from working on a number of Canterbury farms in his younger days through to 10 years with MAF in Ashburton. Allan has been involved in rural emergency response activities since the 1973 South Canterbury snow storm. He also carried out damage assessments for MAF following the 1986 South Canterbury floods.

Allan was instrumental in establishing the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust in 1991. With Allan as coordinator from its inception, the Trust has responded effectively to a number of rural adverse events in the intervening years.

Tim Silva - CoordinatorTim Silva

Coordinator

Tim has strong links to the rural community, both professionally as a partner in a law firm specialising in rural law, and recreationally as a keen hunter and fisherman. Tim's formative years involved 6 seasons on a high country station West of Wanaka, where, largely due to the rainfall in excess of 100 inches per annum, response to emergency situations was a way of life.

Tim's involvement with the Trust began in the big snow storm of 2006.

Sue Baird - ManagerSue Baird

Manager

Sue has lived all her life in Mid Canterbury and became involved during the Trust's first major adverse event response in 1992. Her intimate knowledge of the Mid Canterbury rural sector, gained through a long association with FMG, and her skills in relating to people are a valuable asset to the Trust.

Board of Trustees

  • Peter Reveley
    Chairperson
    Farmer and Councillor Ashburton District Council
  • John Leadley
    Trustee
    Retired farmer and former Deputy Mayor Ashburton
  • Stuart Wilson
    Trustee
    Retired farmer and Councillor Ashburton District Council
  • Kevin Geddes
    Secretary
    Nuffield Scholar, Senior Policy Advisor Federated Farmers NZ
  • Allan Baird
    Treasurer
    Computer consultant
  • Alasdair Urquhart
    Trustee
    Retired farmer and Councillor Ashburton District Council
  • Tim Silva
    Trustee
    Solicitor

News & Alerts

After the rain - coordinated rural cleanup begins

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The rural clean-up has begun after the weekend storm which caused extensive flooding throughout Otago and Canterbury.

A recovery team including CDEM, Federated Farmers, MPI, DairyNZ, Beef + LambNZ, Fonterra and the Otago Rural Support Trust is coordinating farm support and information events as the floodwaters in Otago start to recede.

“While farmers in on the Taieri are used to flooding, the intensity of the deluge on already sodden land has left a few farms at least half underwater,” says Otago farmer and Rural Support Trust Trustee Mike Lord.

The first priority in such an event is always the safety and wellbeing of people.

“We’re a pretty connected community here,” says Mike, “and in a flood like this we all tend to knock on doors, check on each other and help out our neighbours.  It’s a good idea to check in especially on the elderly lady down the road, as it has to be pretty bad before some of these people will ask for help!”

Federated Farmers has activated their helpline for both members and non-members, and are encouraging any farmers who can offer immediate grazing to get in touch. There have been more than 20 calls over the weekend, with some offers of feed and several urgent grazing requests. Farmers are encouraged to log their needs including cleanup.

“Flood affected farmers looking for help should contact Federated Farmers’ 0800 327 646 helpline, which is a primary source of contact for farmers who want to request or offer assistance,” says Federated Farmers’ Adverse Events Spokesperson Andrew Hoggard.

“This is a tried and tested resource, operated by people who understand farmers and farming.”

“We’re also working with the Local Rural Support Trust. Those feeling stressed or getting overwhelmed should contact them on 0800 RURAL HELP. It’s free and confidential,” says Andrew.

DairyNZ and Fonterra have been in contact with farmers throughout the weekend and are assisting with stock movement and milk transport where needed.

“Fortunately its early days for calving and lambing,” says MPI Animal Welfare lead Wayne Ricketts. “Maintaining feed to those animals late in pregnancy has to be a priority to prevent metabolic conditions such as milk fever, staggers or sleepy sickness.

“Farmers and agri-business organisations are working well together. MPI’s animal welfare line has only received one call about animals in floodwaters, and is open should farmers want to seek additional advice.”

A series of information events are also being set up for this week and farmers are encouraged to take an hour and come along.

- Henley Hall, 12.30pm today (Tuesday 25th)

- White Horse Inn, Milton, 12.30pm today (Tuesday 25th)

-  Clutha Vets, Balclutha, 12.30pm Wednesday 26th

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·         If life or property is at risk - call 111

·         Please call Federated Farmers on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) for requests for feed

·         Farmers who can OFFER feed or grazing are asked to call Federated Farmers on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING).

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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 ‚Äč

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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Info and events for earthquake-affected farmers

as at 3 April 2017

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson
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