Challenging times on the farm?

When circumstances beyond your control - climatic, financial, environmental or personal - get on top of you, the Top of the South Rural Support Trust is ready to help.

Our services are free and all calls are private and confidential.

The Trust is part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trusts that can assist farming and rural families and their communities.

The Trust has access to networks, services, and government funding following an adverse event to help you get back on your feet.

Our members are rural people who have faced the challenges that rural life brings. Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's coordinator, and contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.

Top of the South covers all of Tasman, Nelson, and Marlborough Districts this includes Golden Bay in the west, down to the Ure River in the east and through to Springs Junction in the south.

News & Alerts

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 04, 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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Grants for uninsurable infrastructure - applicants being advised

Applications for the Earthquake Relief Fund for uninsurable infrastructure closed on 31 March

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Applicants are currently being advised on the outcomes of their applications for the Earthquake Relief Fund for uninsurable infrastructure that closed on 31 March.

Over the next few days:

  • Successful applicants will be contacted by their councils with details on how to invoice for the grant sum allocated
  • Other applicants will be contacted by the Ministry for Primary Industries on behalf of the Panel with information about the outcome of their claim.

Details on the fund are here

Meanwhile, the new Earthquake RECOVERY fund was announced on 10 May, to provide project funding for community groups and advisory services funding.  More here.
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Earthquake recovery fund launched

Minister announces new fund on 10 May 2017.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Yesterday, the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, announced new funding available for quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough.

The brochure is here.

The $5 million Earthquake Recovery Fund is divided into two options to give farmers, growers and foresters the right support depending on their needs:

  • Option one – project funding for community groups
    This funding is available for projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity in relation to land use. Please note: the Sustainable Farming Fund funding round will open as per scheduled later this year.
  • Option two -  Advisory services funding for land owners and land managers
    This funding is available for land owners and land managers to access advisory services to help with long-term land use planning and technical advice. We are currently taking expressions of interest for potential suppliers of professional advisory and consultancy services. To register interest, email funding@mpi.govt.nz or call 0800 00 83 33 and ask to speak with an investment adviser. A list of MPI approved suppliers will be available from early Auguist for land owners and land managers to refer to.

For more information on both of the options, visit www.mpi.govt.nz/Kaikoura-earthquake.

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