Drought Information and Support for Farmers

Feed Donations

If you have feed to donate or need feed but cant afford to purchase it please call our line 0800 327 646 and select Option 2. Our operator will take your details and a coordinator will get back to you with more information.

Feed for Sale or to Purchase

Federated Farmers will work in partnership with StockX, an online trading platform, who have agreed to provide livestock sale and purchase transactions at a reduced commission of 2% (for affected farmers) and a two for one deal on classified listings for feed and grazing at $48.50 plus GST. It’s free to register, and the entire process (registration, trading and transport) is fully supported by the StockX team  www.stockx.co.nz or register over the phone on 0508 786 259.

Government Support

With a drought declaration in a region, the Government is able to offer financial support to farmers who are dependent on on-farm income. They are provided to meet essential living expenses for farming families affected by an adverse event. Payments are cash and off-farm asset tested. Farm/orchard assets such as dairy company, meat company or fertiliser company shares are not included in the off-farm asset testing. For more information on the assistance, click here .

Rural Support Trust

The Rural Support Trust is there to help, working along side you, in a natural disaster such as a drought. They can help with your application for financial assistance, provide support, and connect you to other services should you need them.  Call them on 0800 787 254 or click here  to go to their website. All calls are free, local, and confidential. If they don't answer first go, leave a message and they will get back to you. This line is open to all rural people, not just farm and business owners.


The DairyNZ website has tools and information for managing your dairy farm through drought as well more tools on planning ahead. With Northland experiencing its fifth drought in eight years, forward planning is more crucial than ever.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has an Extreme Dry Management Tool kit available on their website for drystock farmers, as well as additional information on animal welfare, supplementary feeding, and planning ahead.

Staff Management

As is the case in these situations, due to the financial hardship of drought, you may need advice on what to do with staff if you can't continue to pay them during this period. For our members, you can call 0800 327 646 who can connect you to the Member Employment Lawyer free service. Alternatively, you can see the redundancy and other employment factsheets available on our employment page. For non-members, you can contact the Rural Support Trust for more advice and information or an independent lawyer.