Hap­pi­ness farm­ers’ fo­cus

Con­tin­ues its se­ries pro­mot­ing and high­light­ing the work of the P3 Trust on the Hau­raki Plains.

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL -

On farm through this un­usu­ally long and tough wet pe­riod the mon­i­tor farm­ers have res­cued pas­ture re­serves and are close to back on track with feed­ing their cows.

Above nor­mal strate­gic ni­tro­gen fer­tiliser use and feed in­puts have been key.

Breed­ing pro­grams are un­der way and ini­tial in­di­ca­tors are that weather has had limited im­pact on cows com­ing on heat. Cow con­di­tion is more im­por­tant

Sum­mer feed crops have been shelved on some mon­i­tor farms this year un­less a pad­dock’s pas­ture is in need of ren­o­va­tion.

Later sow­ing dates re­duce yields and there­fore make the eco­nom­ics ques­tion­able. Some an­swers; · Keep things sim­ple · Fo­cus on +ve even if it’s as sim­ple as just get­ting through an­other dif­fi­cult day

· Fo­cus on core ac­tiv­i­ties, other jobs can wait

· Get as much rest as pos­si­ble, eat well

· Plan ahead, make de­ci­sions, take ac­tion early to avoid get­ting into a jam

· Stay +ve around part­ners and staff

· Keep in touch with fam­ily and friends

· Take time to ap­pre­ci­ate the great pas­toral farm­ing sys­tem we have, bet­ter days will come

· Con­tented cows eg OAD, sup­ple­ment = con­tented farmer

· Get away, even if it’s just a walk or lunch and cof­fee in town

· Make sure you take per­sonal time for your hob­bies, even if it’s less than nor­mal

· Only worry about what you can con­trol, (the weather is not one of them).

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