Early intervention can reduce issues before they become unmanageable

If you or someone you know in the Otago rural community needs help, contact the Trust Administrator or one of our Coordinators:

0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254)

Andrea Ludemann

Phone: (03) 437 1544
Mobile: (027) 65 96 800
Email: andrea@banarachfarm.co.nz

Alternatively, you may complete our contact form.

Our People

Pat Macauley - Otago Rural Support TrustPat Macaulay

Coordinator

Pat was brought up on a sheep farm in the hills of West Otago. Pat's main career after leaving school was cooking for Dad and the boys, she then went to work for an advertising agency in Dunedin and moved into media planning. Marriage in the early 70's led her to the Strath Taieri on a sheep and beef property where farming in drought was a regular occurrence. Pat's background in the agriculture industry, and a National Diploma in Agribusiness Management have enabled Pat to assist and support Rural families in times of need.

T: 03 484 7006 | M: 027 201 6921 | E: pat.macaulay@outlook.com

Board of Trustees

  • Gavan Herlihy
    Chairperson
    Ranfurly
  • Keith Cleave
    Trustee
    Kurow
  • Grant Bradfield
    Trustee
    Catlins
  • Laurie Ruddenklau
    Trustee
    Oamaru
  • Avis Rishworth
    Trustee
    Lawrence
  • Mike Lord
    Trustee
    Taieri
  • Richard Burdon
    Trustee
    Wanaka

News & Alerts

Flooding in rural Otago and Canterbury

as at 15 September 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:

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Medium scale adverse event announced for Otago flooding

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Watch the video here

www.beehive.govt.nz/release/medium-scale-adverse-event-declared-otago-flooding

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today officially classified the flooding in Otago as a medium-scale event for Dunedin City, Clutha District, Waitaki District and Central Otago District.

  • Farmers with offers of grazing or feed call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING)
  • Requests for feed and onfarm help call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING)
  • Other assistance, advice and support call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

 

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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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