Work-life balance and getting time off major issues for farmers

3 Jun, 2015

farmstrong infographicNearly 50% of farmers surveyed by rural insurer FMG and the Mental Health Foundation want to know more about balancing work and family, and getting time away from the farm.

Other key concerns identified in the survey include, managing tiredness and fatigue, getting the best out of employees, understanding legislation, managing stress and learning how to use tablets, smartphones and computers.

The survey results have informed the development of a new initiative launched today, Farmstrong.

With co-funding from Movember, Farmstrong has been developed to help farmers look after the most important asset on their farms – themselves.

As part of Farmstrong, we’re rolling out Healthy Thinking workshops, delivered and facilitated by Dr Tom Mulholland from the Healthy Thinking Institute. Tom will talk about techniques to help farmers understand emotional triggers, strategies to manage emotions and share stories from others regarding their experiences in a farming business.

Judi Clements, our CE, spoke at today’s launch, along with FMG CE Chris Black, and other speakers from farming. Well-known sports broadcaster, and also from a farming family, John McBeth was MC.

As well as the Healthy Thinking workshops initiative, Farmstrong will this year run a Fit4Farming rural cycle tour, which also includes walking and running. Farmstrong will also have a tent at Mystery Creek Field Days in Hamilton from 10–13 June.

The new Farmstrong website ( is a good place to find out more about the initiative and its plans. If you’re short on time – there’s a super quick (60 secs) video that shows what it is all about. Get the latest news from Farmstrong via Facebook or Twitter.