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Recent flooding in the South Island has put farmers under pressure, but DairyNZ is there to lend a hand.
Flooding in Canterbury and across the West Coast and Tasman/Marlborough regions has left both the urban and rural population needing assistance, DairyNZ head of the South Island Tony Finch said.
The priority was making sure that people and animals were safe, he told The Country Sport Breakfast's Brian Kelly.
"Just checking in on them, their farms, their livestock and everything else at this present point."
People were getting assistance from the Rural Advisory Group, which was made up of farmers, Civil Defence, fire services and the community.
This meant the recovery was very much "a community affair", Finch said.
"This includes a whole lot of neighbours, they're all out there to lend a hand and help one another."
Industry groups such as DairyNZ and Federated Farmers were also on hand to help, Finch said.
"They're all there, they know farming, and they know what farmers are dealing with as a general rule with responses like this."
Flooding meant some farmers were short of feed, especially on the coast, Finch said.
"These weather events don't help. Feed will be short and tight…some farms are dealing with a significant amount of silt, which is covering a lot of their pastures, and a lot of supplements have been damaged, or lost, as a consequence of the rain."
However, feed was available and industry groups were working to get that to farmers, Finch said.
"We're more than happy to get out there, assess the situation and we will be doing that when we get more into the recovery phase and find out the full extent of the issue and assist with feed budgeting etc."
Also in today's interview: Finch talked about how wintering was going and how to keep cows comfortable over winter and during calving.
Help for farmers needing surplus feed
Do you have surplus supplementary feed or grazing?
Flooding in Canterbury, and across the West Coast and Tasman/Marlborough areas, has put further pressure on feed supplies.
The national Feed Coordination Service is helping to get feed to where it's needed most.
The service connects farmers with surplus feed - such as hay, silage, or grazing – to livestock owners who need it.
If you can help, please call 0800 FARMING (0800 32 76 46) or list your surplus feed online.
List feed for sale: List surplus supplementary feed for sale
List grazing on offer: Grazing on offer
Find supplementary feed: Source supplementary feed to buy
Source grazing: Grazing required
Or click on this feed support fact sheet: Feed support services for farmers during floods – Fact sheet (mpi.govt.nz)