Hawkes Bay farmers are likely to encounter animal health and welfare issues soon as try to cope with the effects of what is believed to be the region’s worst ever drought.

Animal health and welfare issues are likely to emerge soon as Hawkes Bay farmers try to cope with the effects of what is believed to be the worst drought in the history of the region.

 
Central Hawkes Bay sheep and beef farmer Craig Preston has spent a huge sum on buying feed for his stock rather than sending them off to the works.

Central Hawkes Bay sheep and beef farmer Craig Preston has spent a huge sum of money buying feed for his stock rather than sending them off to the works – but says it’s worth the money. 

 
It is hoped a report showing good pay for dairy sector workers will help attract more New Zealanders to farming jobs.

A report confirming a sharp rise in pay for dairy sector workers will help attract more New Zealanders to farming jobs, says Federated Farmers dairy chair Chris Lewis.

Hawkes Bay Rural Advisory Group chair Lochie MacGillivray says the group’s aim is to get every farmer through winter and save as much stock as possible.

With $1 million now behind them, Hawkes Bay Rural Advisory Group is working to get as many farmers and livestock through winter as possible.

SFF spokesman Justin Courtney.

Silver Fern Farms (SFF) says it applied for the wage subsidy to ensure it could retain workers when production levels decreased by up to 50% at some of its processing sites. 

Funding will be available to support actions like installing mini wetlands, removing sediment, riparian planting, helping farmers with stock exclusion and developing farm plans.

The Government has taken on board dairy sector feedback in its revised Essential Freshwater package but issues remain, says DairyNZ.

Meat company ANZCO Foods recorded its best-ever revenue of $1.7b and a net profit before tax of $30.6m for the year ended 31 December 2019.

Delaying the introduction of new water reforms was not an option according to the two cabinet Ministers directly involved – Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.

With the drought reaching a crisis level in Central Hawkes Bay with supplementary feed almost non-existent, farmers in the Wairarapa have answered the call for help.

The Government has announced a $700 million fund to support the primary sector and other groups in meeting new clean water standards.

Parts of the Waikato are starting to recover from the drought, but the availability of feed remains a concern, says DairyNZ’s Sharon Morrell.

Waikato farmer Ben Moore is urging farmers to have their say on the DairyNZ levy vote, which closes this week.

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