Debate continues about what primary sector activities will be ‘best’ for New Zealand.
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”
The Hound likes moves by the Australian government to pass a law that will force animal rights activists to hand over visual evidence of animal cruelty to relevant authorities promptly, instead of delaying its release to bolster emotive, anti-farming media-driven campaigns.
This old mutt reckons Fonterra shareholders council chairman Duncan Coull has done nothing to dispel the oft-heard claim that his group is merely a lapdog of the Fonterra board.
Hard on the heels of NZ First’s lack of complaints over the sale of iconic NZ company Icebreaker to US interests, news that multi-national syndicate Craigmore Permanent Crop Ltd Partnership recently bought 17.5ha of kiwifruit orchards in Te Puke did not so much as raise a peep from the bauble-takers.
Your old mate understands that while lobby group Fish & Game may have a new head in place it has not changed its anti-farming tune one bit.
Professor Jon Hickford, from Lincoln University’s faculty of agriculture and life sciences, gives his view on where the new government should focus in its primary sector policy.
It makes grim reading to see that agricultural deaths have numbered 124 over the last seven years – about four times higher than in construction or forestry.
The Hound was contacted by a farmer concerned at the complete silence of supposed rural and farming advocates NZ First – especially list MP Mark Patterson – over the recent sale of the iconic NZ company Icebreaker to US interests.
This old mutt is getting a little bored with the claim by the newly minted Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor -- that farmers “always do better” under Labour governments.
In a case of poacher turned gamekeeper, the Hound notes that dairy farming critic Alison Dewes has been appointed Landcorp’s new head of environment.
Your old mate hears there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Beef + Lamb NZ’s decision to pull the plug on the Golden Lamb Awards, better known as the Glammies.
Fuels and chemicals are widely used on farms to help improve productivity, but there can be a cost to the health of you and your workers.
The role of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in New Zealand is to keep the environment and people safe, whilst enhancing lifestyle – which means considering the economy as well.
The Hound's editor was contacted by a Hawkes Bay sheep farmer about an item in the Oct 24 column on American singer Pink’s illogical and ignorant anti-wool stance.
This old mutt hears that his good mate and former chairman of failed meat industry ginger group, MIE, John McCarthy was used by Winston Peters as his ‘agriculture advisor’ during the Dutch auction held between Labour and National last month.
The Hound sees that former Feds spin doctor and Winston Peters’ chief of staff for the past six years, David Broome, no longer has a job.
Your canine crusader reckons it is only fair to give the new government a chance.
Farming’s impact on water quality is a hot topic, especially in Canterbury.
The impact of agriculture on our environment has been a hot topic in Parliament, leading to a sense among rural people that they are under siege from urban New Zealand.
Your old mate has to chuckle at the sheer hypocrisy of some of our politicians and commentators (especially those on the left of the divide).
Speaking of dropkicks, the Hound reckons the biggest crybaby and bad loser in this year’s general election would have to be the failed, NZ First candidate for the Waikato seat Stu ‘Cry Me a River’ Husband.
Your canine crusader notes that American singer Pink is due to play concerts next year in Dunedin and Auckland.
Your old mate understands that National’s big agricultural announcement during the election campaign – about helping more young families onto their first farms by allowing them a lease-to-buy deal on Landcorp land – was a rush for all concerned.