A community relief milker scheme has been set up to help stressed and under-pressure dairy farmers in the Waikato.
Waikato regional councillor Stuart Husband, who is also Federated Farmers’ Morrinsville chair, helped start the scheme, reports RNZ news.
There was a real need for farmers to be able to get a break and spend time with their families but tough financial conditions made that difficult, Mr Husband said.
Locals formed the idea that qualified milkers could offer their time to give farmers a break, in exchange for things such as a piece of meat or some milk rather than a monetary deal, he said.
That would mean farmers could take some time off without worrying about having to pay for someone to cover them.
It was all about communities helping communities, he said.
- Stuart Husband can be contacted on 027 233 0030.