The health, wellbeing and welfare of Hawke’s Bay farmers is top priority for OSPRI as it manages the response to TB infections in cattle in the region during a time of drought, feed shortages and financial hardship for many.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council data in July 2020 indicates some 3000 farms in the drought-affected area of Central Hawke’s Bay and outlying areas of Hastings. There is a conservative assessment that half of those farms need support.
For some farmers, a TB infection puts extra strain on farm management. OSPRI will:
- Provide everyone with weekly updates on the progress of disease eradication
- Help arrange TB testing
- Answer your questions - our team in Napier can help and will visit your farm
- Hold regular farmer meetings, open to all
- Make the latest information available on the OSPRI website
- Work with Federated Farmers, Beef+Lamb NZ, DairyNZ and Deer Industry NZ to support you.
Below is some guidance on support services in the region.
Hawke’s Bay TB Movement Control Area
A temporary extended movement control area (MCA) is in place in the area between the Tutaekuri and the Mohaka rivers to contain the disease and ultimately return the region to TB-free status.
For more information see the Movement Control Area section on this page, or call 0800 482 463
All farmers and people in charge of animals are legally obliged to update their NAIT account when farming cattle and deer. Not doing so, compromises biosecurity response and preparedness, food safety and effective livestock traceability.
For help and advice on meeting your NAIT requirements, contact the OSPRI Contact Centre Monday to Friday: 7am-6pm on 0800 482 463
Ministry for Primary Industries
Advice on a full range of support, including feed planning, government financial support and mental health/social support is here: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/40907-2020-ae-farming-through-drought-web-pdf
Also see MPI’s drought pages: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/adverse-events/support-during-a-drought/
It matters how animals are treated. We all have responsibilities toward animals in our care and those affected by our activities. In times of adverse events, maintaining the welfare of livestock can be a challenge. This is why it’s important to seek help if you are struggling to look after your animals. Some of the contacts on this sheet will be a good source of advice.
Also – if you believe you have seen cases of animal ill-treatment or cruelty, please report it to 0800 00 83 33 (Select option 2 from the menu).
Free feed planning and co-ordination services
Free support with feed planning and help sourcing feed is available to ALL farmers and stock owners, nationwide. Call to talk through your feed plan:
• Dry stock – 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
• Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4DAIRY (0800 4 324 7969)
Mycoplasma bovis – support for farmers
As work continues to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, some farmers may be experiencing stress.
Good information about support available is here: https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/protection-and-response/mycoplasma-bovis/advice-for-farmers-under-controls/support-for-farmers/
And this factsheet contains useful advice: https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/dmsdocument/22171-looking-after-yourself-your-family-your-neighbours-your-staff-and-your-community-as-we-find-and-fight-the-mycoplasma-bovis-bacteria
Rural Support Trust
There are dedicated teams supporting Hawke’s Bay farmers and rural communities.
Contact: Lon Anderson - (06) 858 8234 or (027) 249 5713 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact the Rural Support Trust’s 0800 number: 0800 RURAL HELP (800 787 254).