The Hound would like to know how much Fonterra and its shareholders’ council is paying rugby commentator – and a serial athlete cuddler – Scotty ‘Sumo’ Stevenson to front the dairy co-op’s expensive TV communications?
The Hound sees that the temporary leader of the Labour Party, Andrew Little, is not averse to employing Trump-like tactics, i.e. making up political claims using ‘alternative facts’.
Your canine crusader is not surprised to learn that the huge, multinational, tax dodging, political lobby group Greenpeace does not allow the facts to get in the way of its worldview and fund raising efforts.
Your old mate sees that Auckland water and wastewater provider Watercare is making a big song and dance about its donation of $200,000 – over four years – to help clean up the Waikato River.
It's still possible in NZ to do a lot of business at the farm gate over a handshake. But a handshake can’t give you protection against third parties when things start to go wrong for your debtors.
Election year is the time to pitch for policies that will enable the continued growth and prosperity of New Zealand.
I only ever met Murray Ball once, in a bookshop in Gisborne, and he was every bit the nice bloke his work, and everything I’d heard about him, suggested he would be.
Mandatory labelling of fruits and vegetables is back on the public agenda.
Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston spoke on global trade and its impact on farmers at the Feds’ national council last month. Here are excerpts from his speech.
The Government's recent announcement that it wants 90% of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040 has put the issue back into the limelight.
A tall grass touted as a multi-purpose wonder plant has proved its worth as a shelterbelt replacement for Canterbury dairy farms, says Lincoln University ecology professor Steve Wratten.
Sometimes it can feel like you are the meat in the tax sandwich in April and May.
The Hound had a good giggle at the direct approach taken by a South Canterbury farmer in an advert for his next hire.
Your canine crusader notes that MPI biosecurity staff have been busy intercepting risky goods ranging from the bizarre to the potentially devastating for New Zealand’s economy and environment over the summer.
The Hound hears that the recent Beef + Lamb NZ environmental workshop in Wellington provided a platform for a couple of anti-farming activists to polish their rants.
A report by German magazine Bild says 92% of left-wing activists in Berlin, Germany, live with their parents, while one in three are unemployed.
Food safety is in the news again in Europe after a media release from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) in the EU in February.
Dutch dairy farmers are queuing for a ‘death subsidy’ for cows as part of a plan to reduce the size of the national herd.
It's not often the police invite the public to have a little fun with cannabis (marijuana).
DairyNZ has dropped plans to appeal against an Advertising Standards Authority ruling.
Maize silage harvest is running two-three weeks late in most areas because of later planting and cooler-than-average early summer temperatures.
New Zealand First is again batting for dairy farmers.
It's the season for the doomsayers of the dairy industry.
Water, soil monitoring, irrigation and weather systems will be hot topics at this year’s East Coast Farming Expo, as the region battles the effects of another summer drought.
A new dairy conversion is a vote of confidence in the dairy industry by farmer Peter Schouten, of Swannanoa, North…
Fonterra chairman John Wilson says overseas milk suppliers could be allowed to own shares in the co-op.
A time-saving strategy is to shorten the milking time for up to 20% of the herd, says DairyNZ scientist Dr…
The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…
Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes after a trial…
Nicky Hutchinson “never dreamed” of becoming ‘The Boss’.