Sup­port al­ways there for farm­ers

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By MARY-ANNE MATHIS,

The rain we have had has been wel­come but the 39mls we have had at home is def­i­nitely not enough to break the drought. How­ever, the grass has greened up and we have been able to sow the turnip pad­dock.

When I saw my hus­band kneel­ing in the pad­dock yes­ter­day I did won­der what he was do­ing – look­ing for ger­mi­nat­ing grass.

We spent Fri­day adding a new fence along a race with some of my stu­dents from For­est View. It was hot and still a bit dusty but they worked away all day even for­go­ing a lunch break as they ate some­thing and car­ried on.

I get really cross when re­ports in the pa­pers go on and on about there be­ing no young peo­ple with good work ethics in the in­dus­try and few good em­ploy­ers.

I think we need to look right un­der our noses at what we have and ap­pre­ci­ate it.

A num­ber of th­ese stu­dents have a clear ca­reer fo­cus and make the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered them in­clud­ing the Gate­way pro­gramme and ca­sual work.

They are well sup­ported by farm­ers keen to see them gain skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers will hold its an­nual meet­ing in a cou­ple of weeks.

Be­ing in­volved in or­gan­i­sa­tions such as this one is a great way to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity and also to de­velop within the in­dus­try. In more dif­fi­cult times such as this, it is the struc­ture and ex­pe­ri­ence of th­ese groups which help to sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties.

My own ex­pe­ri­ence is that we need to keep look­ing out from our­selves when times are stress­ful. Then we re­alise that other peo­ple are in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

We are also more likely to have a plan and take ac­tion. It is not al­ways easy but it will get bet­ter.

If you are con­cerned about your own or some­one else’s wel­fare, do not be afraid to take ac­tion. Ru­ral Sup­port is free, con­fi­den­tial and can be con­tacted anony­mously, 0800 787 254.

South Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers chair­woman

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