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On any normal day, we know that living and working rurally can be a challenge.

We also know that sometimes things can get a bit too much. If this is how you are feeling, or you are concerned for a family member or friend, call (0800 787254) for a free, confidential chat.

To get help from the Top of the South Rural Support Trust call one of our coordinators. If you or someone you know in the rural community need help contact:

Marlborough:  Sarah White

Mobile: (021) 872 282
Email: peeweenz12@gmail.com

Nelson:  Abbie Langford

Phone: (021) 872 242
Email: abbie.langford22@gmail.com

Freephone: 0800 787 254

Alternatively, you may email either of us direct, or complete our Trust contact form.

If more than a cup of tea and a yarn is needed, we can connect with the professionals who can provide further support, including farming or business advicefinancial informationhealthmental health and counselling services.

The trust covers all aspects of rural agribusiness; dry stock, dairy, cropping, horticulture, forestry, poultry, and rural contracting. We support all rural people - owners, managers, staff, and contractors.

In a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood, your local Rural Support Trust is right here alongside you, working with Civil Defence, government and emergency services on behalf of our rural communities.

We can talk over the phone or come to you for a free and confidential chat, anytime, anywhere.

Call us now on 0800 RURAL HELP

 

 

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MOVIE NIGHT-MARLBOROUGH FARMERS

9/25/2020 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Author: SarahWhite

A free movie night for Marlborough Farmers. Come and join us at The Garlic Shed on Friday 25th September 7pm to see 'Carry Me Back'. A great comedy filmed mainly throughout Marlborough when there were open spaces and believe it or not, not many grapes in sight!. Supper provided.

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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 take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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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 including:

  • Trained facilitators who know how the programme works, and the process involved to help you navigate though.
  • Listening to your concerns and issues.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Phone calls, texts, emails – at a time that suits you.
  • Visiting and attending meetings with you.
  • One on one support and wrap around support – for you, your family, and your farming team.
  • Connecting – if we don’t know the answer we will help connect you to people who do.
  • Peer support – connecting with other farmers that have been through the process.
  • Helping you and your family access counselling services.

Depending on the individual farming operation it can be a lengthy process, involving a number of M. bovis Programme teams and RSTs offer support throughout the process and the ability to help shift things along if they get stuck.

We are rural people, helping rural people – we are farming people who understand the challenges of rural life.

Just call 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP). There are Rural Support Trust branches all over the country. Ringing 0800 787 254 will connect you to help in your area.

Supporting Our Rural Community

0800 RURAL HELP

www.rural-support.org.nz

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Funding for soil conservation and regeneration

Hurunui and Kaikoura

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Funding for soil conservation and regeneration. 

The $1500 per hectare can potentially be used for enrichment planting if the land has erosion issues which make it marginal for farming.Click here for details 

 

 

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