Coronavirus: Manawatu farmer self-isolates in woolshed for lockdown

A farmer in Manawatu is doing his bit to stop the spread of COVID-19 by choosing to live in his woolshed during lockdown level 4 restrictions.

The farmer rang in to Magic Talk's Peter Williams on Monday, telling him he had been living there since the restrictions were announced.

"I haven't been in contact with anyone since Thursday," said Rob.

He said he made the decision to move to the woolshed because his wife works at the Ministry for Social Development and he did not want to take the chance of spreading the virus.

"My wife works in town in an office that usually has 100 people.

"They now have 30, but I have made the decision that I just can't risk it, I am doing my bit," he said.

He said he was well-equipped for his stay, but anything he needed was left on the fence for him by his wife.

"I listen to Magic's radio shows, I have a transistor in the shed, a TV, a camp stretcher and I am well-stocked for food."

He had also had a BBQ and a well-stocked fridge.

"I could bed down here for months."

Meanwhile he said things were going well on his sheep farm, with stock trucks running as normal.

"I sent some stock to the local abattoir on Friday and will be sending some more tomorrow.

"We are doing our bit to keep the economy going and keep things going." 

At between $130-$140 a lamb, prices were also holding up, he said.

"Everything is good on the farm, we had some rain and things are looking good."