Long week­end no hol­i­day for farm­ing peo­ple

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By MARYANN MATHIS

I think the long week­end over the first of June was de­signed to give farm­ers time to move around the coun­try­side.

It has def­i­nitely been a hec­tic week with house pack­ing, clean­ing, un­pack­ing, mov­ing trucks of stock, ma­chin­ery and the bits and bobs.

There are al­ways the un­ex­pected things which hap­pen – in our case the new trac­tor needed an adap­tion to work the bale feeder. By then the shops were shut and it took an ex­tra few hours to find an­other way to get the cows fed – while the fur­ni­ture sat wait­ing for some mus­cle power.

We of­ten think we are the only ones work­ing through a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion. I watched the truck driv­ers work­ing fu­ri­ously this week to get stock moved and cop­ing with boggy tracks, stock which weren’t ready or were hard to load, farm­ers who are un­der pres­sure. On top, they get the long week­end traf­fic is­sues as a bonus!

It has been great to see other farm­ers who are also shift­ing pop­ping in to lend a hand un­pack­ing the trail­ers in the lit­tle spare time they have or mak­ing the ef­fort to join in the com­mu­nity by ask­ing what they can do to help in some way.

My neigh­bour, Mary Scott, was killed in a car ac­ci­dent on Fri­day. We will miss her a lot. A few of us on our road have known that Mary has reg­u­larly walked our road­sides with a rub­bish bag keep­ing the place tidy. Th­ese lit­tle things that ac­tu­ally mat­ter a lot and we don’t al­ways take the time to ac­knowl­edge the ef­fort oth­ers make.

Dairy cat­tle that move be­tween farms have to be reg­is­tered with the National An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion within 48 hours of mov­ing. It is a bit dif­fi­cult to do when some farms within a 10 to 15km ra­dius of a town the size of Toko­roa don’t have ac­cess to broad­band or even a re­li­able tele­phone ser­vice.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers or­gan­ises a Wel­come-In din­ner for new farm­ers each year. It is a good way to meet peo­ple in the com­mu­nity be­fore calv­ing starts. At this stage the event is planned for June 26.

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