Support always there for farmers
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