What did the Fox Say?

Top 10 Drought Tips from Andy Fox on Hokonui Muster

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Author: LindsayWright

Additional support and options for farmers to consider as they head into winter with lower than expected feed levels following the recent dry spell, enabling them all to forward plan and be proactive about risks ahead. 

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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 8, 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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River Levels & Rainfall

Environment Southland Data

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Author: LindsayWright

 

 

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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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MANAGING BONAMIA OSTREAE – a flat oyster parasite

as at 4 July 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

In May 2017, MPI detected the flat oyster parasite Bonamia ostreae on 2 flat oyster farms on Stewart Island. Find out about the parasite and what MPI is doing to try to control its spread.

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Web links

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Velvetleaf - New weed in South Island fodder beet crops

http://mpigovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/velvetleaf-focus-firmly-on-fodder-beet-seed/

John Kirwan - Rural Videos, The Journal

http://www.depression.org.nz/rural

FarmStrong - Live Well, Farm Well

http://farmstrong.co.nz

CDEMS - Civil Defence Emergency Management Southland 

http://www.civildefence.co.nz/index.php?p=about#3

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Financial Assistance through WINZ

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

If you are struggling with income levels, follow the link below to find out the assistance available from Work & Income:

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/individuals/how-we-can-help-you/dont-have-enough-income.html#Helpifyouneedtopaysomethingurgently2

Share-milkers - if you could really do with $152 a week (1 child) or $217 (2 children) or $281 (3 children) and your income for the period ending March 2017 is going to be less than $36500 PLEASE talk to your Accountant about receiving Working for Families weekly or fortnightly. Most prefer to receive it in a lump sum at the end of the year to reduce tax bills BUT with the payout drop and high expenses you may not have a tax bill in March 2017 - you may have overpaid through.

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Managing El Nino - MPI Information Sheet - Web Link

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Donations

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Author: SuperUser Account

The Southland Rural Support Trust is a registered charitable trust manned by volunteers.

If you would like to support the work of the Trust, donations can be made to the Trust bank account: 03-0915-0414113-000

Please include your name and the word “Donation” in the reference field. If you require a receipt, please also notify the Coordinator of your donation by email.

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News & Alerts

COVID-19 - SRST Operations Amendment

SRST Service modified for the protection and wellbeing of SRST Members and Clients

Monday, March 23, 2020

Author: LindsayWright

Continuing Support for Our Rural Communities

Health and safety is paramount for the Southland Rural Support Trust. We are therefore monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will make appropriate changes to our work practices in line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.

 

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Southland Flood Event

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: LindsayWright
The Southland Rural Support Trust team is active as part of the wider civil defence response to the current flood event. Our focus has been on contacting all farms in the flood affected zones to identify any farming or welfare needs. This process will be completed by midday Sunday 9th of February. If you feel you or someone else in need has been missed or needs further support, please...
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Next SRST Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: SuperUser Account
Next meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust - Annual General Meeting This meeting is calendared for Tuesday 12 May. However, due to the current Covid-19 situation the time and/or format of this event may change. Please watch this space.  
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Rural Support Trusts - how we can help in the M. bovis programme

We are more than just an ear to listen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Your regional Rural Support Trust (RST) is on-hand to support farmers being affected by M. bovis. Our services are free and confidential. As well as someone to talk to about your concerns, we can help you navigate through the process. We have training in and experience with the M. bovis programme, and know how it works. Whatever your experience looks like, we can help in many ways...
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Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson
Before snow hits Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours. Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator. Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel: Surplus feed Generators Food and alternative means of cooking and heating...
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Dairy NZ flood information

for Otago and Southland

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
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Updates on the Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
For weekly updates to your email sign up to MPI's stakeholder update. It is for you, your farmers, and anyone interested in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. Sign up here and please get all your networks of farmers and rural professionals to do so too.    
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Community Support For M.Bovis Affected Farmers

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Author: LindsayWright

Southland Rural Support Trust acknowledge the support received from our community to assist those affected by M.Bovis

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GoodYarn - Workshops

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Author: SuperUser Account

This award-winning workshop is designed for rural professionals and people living in rural communities and focuses on how to manage stress and mental health in the rural environment. 

Book in to a scheduled workshop, or request one on your area.

 

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Lock it in with Sam

Sam Whitelock promotes the 5 Ways to Wellbeing... Southland Rural Support Trust agrees

Friday, June 29, 2018

Author: LindsayWright

Southland Rural Support Trust backs Sam Whitelock with all 5 Ways to Wellbeing

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Donations

The Southland Rural Support Trust is a registered charitable trust manned by volunteers.

If you would like to support the work of the Trust, donations can be made to the Trust bank account:

03-0915-0414113-000

Please include your name and the word “Flood or Donation” in the reference field. If you require a receipt,
please also notify the Coordinator at southland.rst@gmail.com of your donation.