“Most farmers are focused on delivering and we are largely seeing good practices as we head through winter,” said DairyNZ farm performance general manager, Sharon Morrell.
“Farmers are expecting a team effort and to see assistance delivered for any farmers who need it. As a sector, we are committed to delivering winter grazing that protects our animals and environment – this motivation is really evident this season, and farmers are taking action and adopting new practices.”
Ms Morrell said managing wet weather is challenging for any farm system but there are options for farmers facing difficult conditions, such as shifting stock off the crop during adverse weather or to shelter under trees or hedges.
“We’re encouraging farmers to have a plan written down and to discuss it with the team – keep reviewing it each and every wet weather event. Keep sharpening the system each time rain or snow is forecast.”
DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) encourage using the Winter Grazing Hotline.
“We want to know about any concerns so we can follow-up with the farmers and provide planning and on-the-ground advice and support to help ensure these activities are well managed,” said Will Halliday, senior adviser animal welfare & biosecurity at B+LNZ.
“We want to get in and help – there is a range of ways we can assist farmers but we need to know about them first. The majority of farmers are doing a stellar job, but we want to ensure all farmers are doing their best for animals and the environment.”
If anyone sees something related to winter grazing that doesn’t look right, they can call the wintering hotline on 0800 FARMING. The hotline is supported by Federated Farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and DairyNZ and calls are confidential.
Farmers looking for more information on winter grazing can visit:
027 836 6295
Beef + Lamb New Zealand
027 474 6065