Di and Jeff Cleveland.

A course designed to lift farm profitability by helping farming women become more active partners in their farming businesses is achieving outstanding results, according to new research.

 
Blast from the past

Your canine crusader hears that the failed former meat company chief executive Graeme Thompson is about to publish a book about his life - More Paddocks to Plough.

 
Bottom line

While the nation waits for the former MP for Northland to decide who the new government will be (don’t you just love MMP), this old mutt reckons wily Winston Peters could add a new bottom line to his list of demands – eradicate over-the-top PC-ness.

Top this

Speaking of arch critics of the dairy industry and water quality, the Hound admits to enjoying the sight of the self-appointed Massey University font-of-wisdom on water Mike Joy being shown up as a two-faced liar during final days of the election campaign.

 
What's in a name?

Your old mate had to chuckle when Fonterra announced its new chief financial officer – none other than Marc Rivers.

Peter Floyd.

When I started work 20 years ago on a system to improve farm profitability I had no idea it would lead to ways of increasing soil carbon and reducing GHG emissions.

Shrinking minority

This old mutt suggests that if the polls are correct in picking a change of government at the election, then the farmer voice in Parliament is likely to get even smaller.

No teeth here

Meanwhile, the Hound hears that the supposedly kind, caring, friendly-to-everyone Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is showing none of these qualities towards her fellow female leader Katie Milne, Fed Farmers national president.

No shows

Your canine crusader hears that Labour candidates and MPs are failing to front farmer meetings to defend the party’s proposed water tax policy.

Rinsed

The Hound reckons while most in farming are focused on the election on September 23, another interesting poll is in view for the Fonterra board on October 31.

Peter Floyd.

The solution to the soil carbon conundrum is found in the ability of the practical pastoral farmer to manage and measure the relevant soil, plants and animal key performance indicators that build soil carbon levels on an annual basis.

A mate of the Hound wonders why the self-proclaimed rural and regional champion and old-age-pension double-dipper Winston Peters has been so quiet about the anti-farming noises made by his possible coalition partner Labour.

Your old mate hears that Labour’s primary industries spokesman Damien O’Connor is very upset with the coverage by Rural News and other rural media of Labour’s water tax – sorry, ‘royalty’.

The discovery of the cow disease Mycoplasma bovis in South Canterbury last month again raised concerns among farmers about NZ’s biosecurity measures and responsiveness.

Your canine crusader sees that multi-national, tax-dodging, political activist lobby group Greenpeace is whining about the ‘privacy intrusion’ on its staff.

This old mutt is not surprised to see that the smug tourism sector, which has been quick to jump on the anti-farming bandwagon with clean water campaigners, is all take and no give on the environment.

 

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