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Storms and 'weather bombs' have caused flooding throughout the country in the past. Stock losses, power outages, slips, bridges washed away, silt covered pastures requiring regrassing - the effects can be devastating on a farm business.

Knowing what to do will reduce the immediate impact of the flood and planning strategies to deal with the aftermath will allow for a quicker recovery.

In a day or two or when flood has receded

  • Assess damage to water supply and reticulation system.  Which troughs are contaminated with silt and will need cleaning?
  • Assess damage to access lanes, tracks, gateways, culverts and fences. What clearing away of flood debris is needed?
  • Assess damage to pastures, the depth and type of silt
  • Assess available non-flooded pastures and other undamaged feed reserves
  • Contact local council, flood relief co-ordinator, DairyNZ staff, Federated Farmers, MAF, the NZ Landcare Trust, Taskforce Green or other resource providers
  • Talk to bank manager, insurance company
  • Accept help when offered, and ask for it if you need it.


For more information refer to:

For more infomation about farming out of a flood, call the DairyNZ Farmer Information Service on 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969).

You can also call the Rural Support Trust in your area or contact your local DairyNZ Consulting Officer.

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