Farm­strong in South Waikato

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Farm­ers in the South Waikato are be­ing given a chance to get off their farms for a few hours to catch up with their neigh­bours dur­ing a free Farm­strong work­shop with a renowned doc­tor.

Farm­strong is invit­ing all farm­ers and grow­ers from through­out the area to cir­cle Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11 in their diaries for get­ting in­volved with the Farm­strong Healthy Think­ing work­shop which will be held at the South Waikato Sports and Events Cen­tre in Mos­sop Road from 6.30pm un­til 9pm.

The free work­shop, which will also have light re­fresh­ments avail­able for those who at­tend, will be hosted by med­i­cal doc­tor and au­thor of the book Healthy Think­ing, Dr Tom Mul­hol­land. Dr Tom, who has trav­elled through­out the coun­try giv­ing sim­i­lar talks, will pro­vide prac­ti­cal healthy think­ing tips and tools to help farm­ers man­age the ups and downs of farm­ing.

‘‘Healthy Think­ing helps us to have a sys­tem in place to look af­ter the most im­por­tant as­set on the farm – the farmer,’’ he said.

’’In the same way that farm­ers have sys­tems for milk­ing or shear­ing sheep, they need to con­sider hav­ing a sys­tem to look af­ter them­selves. If farm­ers are in good shape, then it usu­ally has a pos­i­tive im­pact on other ar­eas of life such as the fam­ily, staff and the busi­ness.’’

He said farm­ers will take away prac­ti­cal tips and strate­gies on how to bet­ter pre­pare them­selves emo­tion­ally for the chal­lenges of farm­ing which lately have been ex­tra prom­i­nent.

‘‘Some of these chal­lenges can’t be con­trolled and have been around for a while - such as weather and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. What we can con­trol is how we pre­pare our­selves for them and how we deal with them when they ar­rive,’’ he said.

‘‘Dur­ing the work­shop I’ll talk more about look­ing af­ter the top pad­dock be­tween the ears – and if ap­plied over the long run, how it will help farm­ers to live well and farm well.’’

A Farm­strong spokesper­son said they un­der­stand times have been hard this past year for some but they be­lieve the work­shop with some friends, nib­bles and healthy think­ing will help give farm­ers the skills they need to live well and farm well.

If you wish to at­tend the free work­shop email rsvp@farm­strong.co.nz by by Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

PHOTO: JOHN HAWKINS/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Dr Tom Mul­hol­land will be host­ing a free work­shop for farm­ers and grow­ers in the South Waikato.

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