Farmers in drought-stricken Southland and flooded Northland will have their livestock feed needs prioritised. Federated Farmers National Feed Coordination Service has been activated to support farmers struggling to find feed for their livestock due to adverse weather events. Manager for adverse events at Federated Farmers Julie Geange, says the service matches willing buyers to willing sellers. The service avoids interfering with market forces but is a way for farmers to access up-to-date information of where there is a need or where there is feed availability. Federated Farmers president Chris Dillon says Southland farmers have been eating into their feed reserves in the hope that the dry conditions would break weeks ago. He says when it does rain it will be too cold to grow additional feed to make up the shortfall. A NIWA report shows Invercargill received only 35 per cent of its normal rainfall from December to March.
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