Rain very welcome but dry not over yet
President South Waikato Federated Farmers
Alittle bit of rain over the last day has certainly brightened things up. While we need a lot more rain to overcome the dry conditions, spirits have improved. Our cows are dry at home and now it is a case of following the plans to start next season off as best we can both in animal terms and financially. This is a longterm project.
Waikato Federated Farmers hosted a Big Dry meeting on Friday afternoon. Not a lot of farmers attended but it was a good venue to discuss some of the pressing issues faced by farmers and rural businesses. I have tried to summarise the main points below.
Appreciate the people around you. Organising this event simply meant asking others to help and accepting offers of support.
Keep contact with banks, accountants and related rural professionals about your situation.
Make sure staff and family are informed – they worry too.
Look after the basics – grease, oil and water for machinery save major expense later and don’t cost a lot. Keep routines.
Watch health and safety issues – short, dry grass is more slippery than mud!
Fatigue, heat and dust are safety concerns.
The rural businesses and people you usually work with are trying to help as best they can. They are also having to cope in a difficult situation.
Look after yourself, your family and your livestock in that order. Keep in touch with neighbours. Farm businesses have to be resilient.
Other businesses are also affected by this drought.
There are a number of agencies to help – IRD, ACC, Raukawa Charitable Trust, churches, food banks.
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s welfare, do not be afraid to take action. Rural Support is free and confidential, and can be contacted anonymously. 0800 787 254