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Call for farmers to take greater care of themselves

BEEF and Lamb New Zealand eastern region extension manager Mark Harris has made a strong plea for farmers to take better care of themselves on-farm in the wake of the tragic start to the year across the country.

There have already been six fatalities involving outdoor-based industries including farming this year.

“Our thoughts and commiserations go out to those affected,” Mr Harris said in his weekly e-dairy report.

“It is an important reminder that we all need to take care and make sure we put on the helmet, buckle up and take a moment to assess what we are doing so it can be done safely.

“Remember to SLAM it — Stop, Look, Assess and Manage,” he said.

“Let's make sure we get everyone home for dinner.

“If you haven't already got a Farm Safety Management System operating on the farm, we run a great workshop and provide the resources you need to help get one in place.”