Earthquake assistance

Stock Number Survey: 30 June 2016 14 November 2016

Following an earthquake, the following information may assist in managing potential risks on your farm. Information provided includes emergency updates, coping with stress, animal welfare and financial support.

For farmers requiring support with unstable land and tracks, please call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646. The below information may assist in managing potential risks on your farm.

Emergency updates


  • Visit FarmsOnLine for a one-stop-shop for accurate up-to-date contact details for rural properties in New Zealand. MPI has instant access to information so it can respond quickly to a biosecurity alert or natural disaster, minimising potential damage and costs.

Civil Defence: 

Dairy NZ:

Coping with stress on farm – information and support

Rural Support:

Mental Health:


Dairy NZ

Insurance claims


Managing volunteers


Animal welfare

Dairy NZ


  • Download publications, guidance, links and other documents about animal welfare


Irrigation NZ

Food Safety

Food safety advice

Financial support

Inland Revenue

Working for families

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Greg McKay, managing director of South Island-based Xcell Breeding and Veterinary Services, has seen AI use in beef cattle increase 10-fold over the past 20 years, to a point where it is now a 50/50 mix of commercial and stud farmers.

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Greenhouse gases: What’s New Zealand doing?

23 May 2017

New Zealand scientists are making steady progress on strategies to reduce the rural sector’s emissions.

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Eating quality underpins red meat story

23 May 2017

Speaking at Beef + lamb New Zealand’s beef-focused field days in Canterbury, AbacusBio consultant Jason Archer defined eating quality as tenderness, juiciness and flavour and says much of what farmers do on-farm can influence all of these factors.

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