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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Supporters and Sponsors

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Author: SuperUser Account

The Southland Rural Support Trust would like to thank:

Farmlands - for the generous donation of a generator for our 2016 Southern Field Days prize draw.

The following businesses who generously supported the Dr Steven Saunders speaking events throughout Southland:

BNZ, Rabobank, Westpac, Beef+Lamb NZ, PGG Wrightson, SBS Bank, Ballance Agrinutrients, Alliance.

Federated Farmers Southland - for assistance with our recent mail drop of the Coping with Stress on the Farm brochure.

FMG - for your generous donation.

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Down on the Farm (Southern Rural Life 2010 pdf link)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author: SuperUser Account

Award winning publication by Yvonne O'Hara of Southern Rural Life newspaper, highlighting rural mental health issues, personal stories, and where to get help. (8.1Mb)

http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/file/Media-Grants/PDFs/down-on-the-farm-in-the-rural-south.pdf 

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News & Alerts

Brunch on Us - Southland Events in October

We have lined up a bunch of "Brunches on Us!" for rural Southland this month.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas
Southland farmers deserve a treat every now and then, so we’ve organised seven pop up brunch BBQ 's and coffee carts in a few Southland rural communities where we haven’t visited a lot of recently. The Southland Rural Support Trust along with a number of Southland agriculture businesses and organsiations -  Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Farm Source Otago/Southland - Otautau,...
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Southern flooding

Rural Updates

Monday, October 5, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson
For information about general help check this flyer: Useful contacts General information and assistance: Emergency Management Southland on 0800 768 845; https://www.facebook.com/cdsouthland/; https://www.facebook.com/OtagoCDEM. Government helpline on 0800 779 997 from 9am-5pm daily, including the weekend. Animal welfare concerns Contact your veterinarian ...
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Southland Flood Event

Monday, October 5, 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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Cotter passionate about supporting farmers in need

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/focus-on-farming/cotter-passionate-about-supporting-farmers-need

Friday, June 26, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Passionate about the rural sector and people’s welfare, Southland Rural Support Trust chairwoman Cathie Cotter says the best aspect of her role is being there for farmers.

 

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Feed coordination service

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-people/finding-feed-farmers-need

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson
Sharon Cousins, of Balclutha, is one of four temporary feed co-ordinators appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Ms Cousins covers the Otago and Southland area while Tammy Johnson, who is based at DairyNZ, Lincoln, is the South Island feed co-ordinator. Two others are based in the North Island. The feed service is an initiative set up by the Feed Working Group, an MPI and...
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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson
Feed planning service flyer MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers. How it works This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels: 1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock...
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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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Next SRST Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author: SuperUser Account

Next General Meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust

This meeting is calendared for Tuesday 11 August 2020.

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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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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.