Long weekend no holiday for farming people
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.