Strategies for dealing with the dry

The Upper Waitaki Zone Committee invites you to a workshop on strategies to deal with the drought.

Central Otago farm consultant Pete Young and Rural Support Trust South Canterbury chair Mark Adams will share their experiences, give practical advice and outline the support available to help farmers.

Key details

Date: Tuesday 9 April 2024
Time: 12:00–3:00PM
Location: Omarama Community Memorial Hall, 35 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama
RSVP essential: Text or call Jess Hishon-Knowles on 027 334 2909 before 5PM on 8 April.

A BBQ lunch and refreshments will be provided.

About the speakers

Pete Young
Farm consultant, Clyde, Central Otago

Pete has spent several decades farming next to the Ida Burn Dam in Central Otago – an area that experiences one of the most extreme climates in New Zealand. From prolonged hoar frosts in winter, to summers with temperatures in the high thirties and months of drought, Pete has seen it all. Despite these challenges, the Youngs were well known for exceptional sheep performance. Pete will share their experiences of farming through extreme climatic conditions and his tips for managing in a drought. 

Mark Adams
Chair, South Canterbury Rural Support Trust and Fairlie farmer

Mark's presentation will focus on acknowledging the challenges at play for farmers and outlining the functions of the Rural Support Trust. He'll cover the next steps in the Government’s drought support funding announcement, and some key advice to aid farmers and their families.


This event is supported by the Rural Support Trust, the Ahuriri Catchment Collective Group, Environment Canterbury, Silver Fern Farms and the Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee.