The priority for farmers is to keep themselves and their farm teams safe.
- Be especially careful around any infrastructure that may have been damaged, including ponds, dams, culverts and stopbanks.
- Continue working with your neighbours and support each other.
- Continue to follow and observe any advice issued by Civil Defence. You can keep up to date with advice on your local council website or Facebook page. Please check their advice about the safety of your drinking water supply.
- Keeping animals safe is important but, vitally, consider the safety of people first.
Accessing feed and other support
- If you need immediate support please contact your local Civil Defence.
- Help for farmers is summarised by MPI here – this covers clean up support, feed support, and financial and wellbeing support.
- Both DairyNZ (phone 0800 4 324 7969) and the Rural Support Trust can also be contacted for recovery support and advice on 0800 787 254.
- DairyNZ is working with other rural sector organisations and Civil Defence to identify farm requirements and assess recovery needs. This will provide assistance to meet farmer needs.
- If you haven’t yet been contacted about your needs, you can register for clean up assistance online if you wish to. Stress is a major concern, and this may increase in the future. Keep in contact with friends, family and if you need assistance contact your local Civil Defence or the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.
- We strongly encourage farmers whose winter feed and calving feed has been affected by flooding to use the Feed Coordination and Feed Planning Service. This can help source feed. The service is free and can be contacted on 0800 327 646 or by visiting the MPI website.
- Planning for your future feed needs will be critical for the next few months. The Feed Coordination and Feed Planning Service (phone 0800 327 646) can help you with feed budgeting and there is also information on feed budgeting here.
- PGG Wrightson Seeds has advice on managing flood damaged winter feed crops and supplementary feed and DairyNZ has advice on flooded baleage.
- Farmers and members of the public who would like to offer support can do so via the Federated Farmers online assistance tool. You can register support by donating feed, grazing, farm supplies, housing, your time or other donations.
Moving Day and stock reporting
- You should only move stock if you have confirmed that roads are open throughout the journey route, and the destination farm can receive stock. We encourage farm owners, sharemilker and graziers to be flexible with moving day arrangements.
- If your Moving Day plans have changed, please contact your insurer and let them know and confirm you are covered throughout your journey.
- NAIT has extended the timeframes for reporting livestock movements due to the flooding. These timeframes will apply from when the state of emergency across the Canterbury region is lifted.
- A person in charge of animals (PICA) registration to be completed within 7 days.
- Animal movements - to be completed within 7 days.
- Animals that arrive untagged - to be tagged and registered within 7 days.
- Animal deaths to be declared within 21 days.
- This is a significant flooding event affecting both urban and rural communities. For farmers, continued support is needed through the recovery phase. The initial focus is on livestock welfare, reviewing and securing necessary winter feed requirements, and repairing key on-farm infrastructure (for example fencing).
- DairyNZ and primary sector organisations are working with farmers to support them through recovery. We know there will be challenges for some farmers, particularly around feed availability, animal care and damage to farms. See the information above around accessing support and feed.
- Feed stocks are in very short supply due to recent dry conditions. In the short term, farmers should not rely on external feed coming into the region.
- When it’s safe, we encourage farmers to photograph any property damage from flooding for insurance purposes. Emergency repairs can be undertaken provided no one is put at risk. Contact your insurer before undertaking non-essential repairs.
- You can keep up to date online with the latest information from Environment Canterbury on flood response works online, and with their rural updates which includes advice on diverting rivers off farms and consent issues associated with this.
- Environment Canterbury recognises that flooding may have compromised effluent systems and other infrastructure needed to meet environmental requirements. If there is no other option, farmers can use compromised infrastructure - but only if this is safe, and repairs should occur as soon as it is possible and practical.
- Only when it is safe to do so, and people and stock have been cared for, should farmers try and mitigate any adverse environmental impacts from the weather.
- Farm audits, consenting and compliance activities have been deferred for now. Environment Canterbury will work with farmers to reschedule these.
- If cows were still being milked, this should continue for animal welfare reasons. If milk is unable to be collected, please check with your milk supplier for further advice.
Visit our adverse events pages for more information on managing through flooding.