Drought Shout 2013: Farmers woes to take a back seat
8 April 2013
Drought Shout 2013: Farmers woes to take a back seat for a day
Media Release sent on behalf of the organisers of Drought Shout 2013
When farmers from all over the North Island attend this week’s Drought Shout in Mangatainoka, work is expected to be the last thing on their minds.
Daniel Absolom, from Focus Genetics is travelling from Hawke’s Bay with a ute load of others to attend Thursday’s Drought at Tui Brewery and says it will be an opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues and have a good time.
“This will provide a much needed tonic for drought affected farmers and an opportunity for them to get off the land for a few hours and catch up with their mates,” he says. “It’s been an incredibly tough year thus far and I’m a firm believer in a problem shared is a problem halved.”
Mr Absolom, whose family farm at Rissington inland Napier, has only received 80mls of rain all year, says this summer has undoubtedly been one of the toughest in years. He says not only are many farmers struggling with their cash flow as they source more supplementary feed for their stock, but it has flow-on effects for agri-businesses and the wider community.
That is why he is overwhelmed to hear that local, regional and national businesses have collectively donated more than $78,000 to contribute to Thursday’s Drought Shout while an additional $34,000 worth of in-kind support has been gifted. This includes a truck of silage, a water tank, $1500 worth of slug bait for crops, a Stihl Chainsaw, a cricket bat signed by the Black Caps, a Pure Pleasure Package escape at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park in Masterton and Mars Bars.
All supporting companies are named on the www.bakerag.co.nz website, while any monies left over will be donated to the Federated Farmer’s Drought Relief Fund.
Sam Orsborn, a director at agricultural consultancy Baker & Associates and one of the Drought Shout’s organisers, says he has been genuinely overwhelmed with the support received to date.
“We’re continuing to receive a deluge of support from local, regional and national businesses – many pledging their support financially while others are donating products in kind from silage and stock feed to agricultural products and the odd fun thing like New Zealand Cricket donating a signed cricket bat,” he says. “We’re overwhelmed but not surprised as it reinforces how our business community is all in this battle together.”
Mr Orsborn said over 1000 farmers had registered their interest to date on the www.bakerag.co.nz website but he is expecting registrations to come in thick and fast this week as transport is being provided from various locations across the Wairarapa, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Wanganui and Hawke’s Bay.
Drought Shout 2013 begins at 12pm on Thursday and will see a “carnival of entertainment” provided for thirsty farmers including a helicopter beer drop, a topdressing aeroplane display, a stock-whip cracking competition, a mechanical bull-riding competition, giveaways, barbecues and of course free cold Tui.
This week’s initiative follows the successful Drought Shout held at Tui Brewery in 2008, which attracted a crowd of 2000 thirsty farmers, all of whom soaked up the goodwill extended by the sponsors.
Farmers wanting to attend the Drought Shout can visit www.bakerag.co.nz for more information, including details of transport options and registrations.
Key Details for the Drought Shout at Tui Brewery:
When: Thursday 11th
April, 2013 (12noon – 5.30pm)
Where: Tui Brewery, Mangatainoka
Who: For the farmers from around the country - who are affected by the dry and lack of rain
Why: Because you deserve a break, something to get you off the farm for the day and something apart from rain to look forward to!
What: Food and beer provided. Transport options available to and from Tui Brewery.
Details of this can be found on www.bakerag.co.nz