[3 February/ Otago Daily Times]

The extreme January heat has affected farmers through low water stocks. Federated Farmers Otago President, Phil Hunt, said farmers were still facing what some were describing as the worst drought in decades. Mr Hunt emphasised the importance that farmers needed to plan accordingly and could just wait for more rain to fall. Otago Regional Council Director of Environmental Monitoring and Operations, Scott Maclean, noted that Otago’s regional water plan allowed stock to have access to water for drinking from rivers and lakes.