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Thousands of farm animals and hundreds of households will be on the move in Gypsy day, as farms change hands and sharemilkers take up new contracts from Thursday, 31 May.
“Gypsy day is a fairly unique part of the Kiwi farming calendar,” says Ciarán Tully, Federated Farmers Sharemilkers’ Section chairperson.
“If you are a sharemilker taking up a new contract it means having all of your household possessions in a truck with your stock not far behind. It marks the end of the 2011/12 season and the start of 2012/13.
“In dairy areas especially at the end of this week stock trucks will be flat out. Some farmers may also be moving their stock on the road if a new property isn’t far away.
“If farmers are moving stock on roads please make sure you have permits from your local council. Have plenty of staff on hand and wear helmets and high visibility clothing if your team are operating quads and bikes.
“We’d also like to ask motorists to be patient if you do encounter a herd on the road. Please do not use a car horn as that will spook stock. Farmers want to get the move done quickly so please follow their instructions.
“One aspect of Gypsy Day we want to tidy up is effluent.
“Federated Farmers is advising our members to plan their move in some detail. It isn’t a good look to leave roads covered in effluent when it can be minimised by planning ahead
“That is why we have advised our members to take some simple but effective steps. If we can all do this it will make for a very smooth Gypsy Day,” Mr Tully concluded.
Federated Farmers top tips for Gypsy Day 2012
Selection of stock
Prepare stock for travel
At the new farm