Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for farmers

Our main priority is keeping farmers, food producers and staff healthy and safe. We're closely monitoring Government advice regarding the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020

New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 1 – Auckland is at Alert Level 2

As the situation changes, we’ll update this page and post information on B+LNZ’s social media pages.

Key points for farmers to note:

  • If you are under alert Level 2 and 3, all businesses and services are required to display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters in a prominent place or near the main entrance for each business location. Because farms are businesses and are likely to have providers and visitors coming on to the property, you should display a poster under these alert levels. We recommend you weatherproof the poster too. Get your QR code poster – note you’ll need your driver licence details and your New Zealand Business Number. Please note this is a temporary system relating to COVID-19 and shouldn’t replace any existing systems on your farm.
  • Under all alert levels, farmers should be taking practical steps to protect your family, workers and others who may come onto your farm. Good hygiene, physical distancing and keeping track of people coming onto the farm are all important.
  • Be prepared – think about what you might need to do if your region or the whole country moves to a higher alert level. Review your systems and think about the services and supplies you may need, and talk to your supplier to ensure you have a plan in place in case we move to Level 4. Things could move quite quickly.

On this page:

USEFUL DOCUMENTS                                                   

B+LNZ EVENTS

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITIES

HELP AVAILABLE: RURAL SUPPORT TRUST

B+LNZ'S MOST RECENT EMAIL UPDATES TO FARMERS ABOUT COVID-19

 

Useful documents

COVID-19 Ten Point Plan

This document gives an overview of the 10 factors farmers could consider when planning their response to COVID-19.

Download COVID-19 Ten Point Plan (PDF, 56KB)

For more detailed information about farm protocols go to:

Download COVID-19 protocols on farms (PDF, 267KB)

When the unexpected happens, what happens to your farm?

This document is intended as a simple guide to allow family, friends or neighbours to come in and tend to the immediate needs of your livestock.

Download Farm Operations Manual (PDF, 477KB)

MOU between owner/manager and employee

This document is a letter that a farmer may wish to sign with each of your staff members so that everyone is clear on expectations.

Download COVID-19 MOU with staff (PDF, 160KB)

 

B+LNZ events

We will only run face-to-face events under Alert Level 1 and Alert Level 2 (under 100 people).

Our staff continually review what’s coming up and will be in touch with farmers if any events they’ve registered for are being cancelled (or in some cases moved online).

We’ll be following Ministry of Health guidelines for any events that we hold and will be constantly reviewing the situation. 

We’ll continue to run our online events – follow our social media accounts for information on these.

 

Looking after yourself and your communities

We encourage farmers to reach out to their neighbours over the phone or email and discuss ways they could support each other if, for example, someone were to become sick.

If you’re feeling unwell and develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.

It continues to be a difficult time for New Zealand and it’s important we look after each other and follow the latest advice from the Ministry of Health.

Rural Support is also always available on 0800 787 254.

Your responsibility as an employer

Social distancing of one metre in workplaces should be in place. 

Federated Farmers has some employment-related resources on their website. See also the Worksafe website.

If you have employees from overseas who may normally be planning a trip home at this time of the year, think through the implications of travel restrictions and how you may be able to support them to keep in touch with family remotely.

 

Help available: Rural Support Trust

The Rural Support Trust are there to support farming families.

Please don’t hesitate to seek assistance: 0800 RURAL HELP or www.rural-support.org.nz

 

B+LNZ's most recent email updates to farmers about COVID-19

12 August 2020: Joint B+LNZ and MIA update to farmers