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Level 2 is the biggest change to farmers in the entire COVID response.   Not because we will do anything differently – but because we will need to track and trace (as with every kiwi).   If you – or someone you know, or a person at a café you went to, or someone who called into the farm store the same day as you…. is found to have COVID19 then you will be contacted and need to tell people where you have been for the last two weeks. Each store has a responsibility...

May 15, 2020

Hide and Seek

WARNING - THIS IS ANOTHER RANT FROM THE CEO Why stay at home… ?  surely I can just pop out for some ”fresh air” by driving 10 mins down the road??  But we LOVE  that park, walkway etc... This is a national level experience of one of childhoods finest games.   Hide and Seek. We are both hider and seeker. Remember the double back that masters of the game played? you waited till the ‘seeker’ came near you, failed to find you When they moved on, ...

March 29, 2020

What if we go Level 4

We are not experts in pandemic responses.  We do know a little about business continuity plans and we will do a few  posts about how you can think about things should your region/all NZ are placed in LEVEL 4 response to COVID19 (link to govt site) Every farm/business is different and these are not solutions.  They are prompts to get you to think about what makes sense for your business.  It is easier to have thought about these ideas BEFORE you need to use them.&nbs...

March 22, 2020

Hey townie - we got ya back

Don’t worry townies – we got ya back The only reason people get to fight over toilet rolls and panic buy coffee (cheers Wellington for putting that in perspective) is because you out-source your hunting and gathering to farmers.  As our country takes on the WWII of our generation it is time to remind some of how fortunate they are to have that opportunity to sit in cafes, have lunch breaks and take holidays.   Maybe this will be our generation’s forced awakening -  to ...

March 18, 2020

You are not alone

For many in the Dairy Industry this is the "dry" time.  Before calving starts there is a bit more flexibility in the day, new season targets are set and people have finished the move after annual gypsy day. There is still many things that need to be done and the list of "when we are dry" jobs never seems to get sorted before the first calf is on the ground.  This is for those that had the "get a HnS system" in place on the list.   You don't need one. If you have been far...

June 27, 2019

Never have a HnS meeting!

We are farmers, our clients are (mostly) farmers.  People who love farming and people who love meetings are often not the same person.  You got into farming because you didn't like working indoors, you thought animals (cows in particular) were more predictable than humans and you like riding a motorbike.  Maybe you love meetings - you like nothing better than writing up a checklist and ticking it off.   Even so I personally can recommend - never have a HnS meeting. Even ...

May 28, 2019

Don't Reinvent the Wheel

We really believe that farmers and small biz owners in NZ are generally doing a good job at keeping people safe and healthy.  We have massive areas to improve - but as a rule most people are doing OK.  We just need to document those decisions that we call 'common sense'. Similarly it makes no sense for the developers and managers of Orange Cross to design and maintain a complex chemical handling register when one is available already.    So we have designed Orange Cross to li...

August 31, 2018

Password Monster

I volunteer for the school PA – there are about 5% of the families doing 95% of the work to raise money for planting trees, improving playgrounds and our latest coup – FLYING FOXES!! (self congratulatory whoop whoop!) So everyone is excited and they drive past completely adequate schools to come to ours but they don’t appreciate the effort to get it looking/feeling so good.  This rant is about passwords – coz we have just transferred another chunk to the BoT account and what a ...

August 17, 2018

Inducting Staff to site

So you have new staff and the season is already happening and you want to know where to start.  We recommend the resources at DairyNZ for anyone (even the non Dairy people and non farming people).  They are really comprehensive and you can save them to your PC for tweeking and making your own. Staff are most likely to read and be engaged in your porcesses when they first arrive.  Take time to go through the things that you may think are "normal" and make sure that you allow them t...

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