Own goal

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?

Alternative facts?

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’.

 
Unbelievable

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.

Greenwash

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.

 
Phil Shackleton.

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.

 
Murray Ball gave rural NZ an identity

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. 

Federated Farmers dairy president Andrew Hoggard.

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.

Miscanthus New Zealand managing director Peter Brown with a three-metre ruler in a stand of giant miscanthus grass.

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.

Honest adverts

The Hound had a good giggle at the direct approach taken by a South Canterbury farmer in an advert for his next hire.

Good work!

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.

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).

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.

 

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Own goal

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