Fieldays is once again living up to its reputation as an amazing meeting place for those in the agri sector and those who are just curious to see what’s happening on the land.

Fieldays is once again living up to its reputation as an amazing meeting place for those in the agri sector and those who are just curious to see what’s happening on the land.

The word relationship at Fieldays is really important and means many things to many people.

For many, the National Agricultural Fieldays is about the hard sell, the order book, the new lead, the prospect of a deal of a lifetime. It’s about striking that special relationship between a willing buyer and a willing seller.

 
 
Jacqueline Rowarth.

The nostalgia button is being pushed with releases of chocolate bar flavours from the past, milk in traditional glass bottles and constant references to food “as it was meant to be”.

Asleep at the wheel?

The Hound hears that the jokes were on PM Bill English who was in fine form at the recent Ahuwhenua Trophy awards in Whangarei.

Go South

What is it with Massey University academics and their hatred of agriculture?

Say what?

Your old mate reckons a fine example of ‘political correctness gone mad’ is seen in a decision by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) not to use the term ‘gypsy day’ again, after it was criticised as offensive.

Will the naysayers ever stop? — Editorial

The recent release of the progress report on the last three years of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord has sparked all the naysayers of the dairy industry into another series of spiteful attacks on farmers.

Does the New Zealand meat industry have a problem in some of our lamb products leaving consumers with a bad taste – namely ram taint?

Your canine crusader sees that the former seed salesman and mouthpiece for failed meat industry ginger group MIE is now going to write a book.

The Hound despairs at the shallow, puddle-like pool of political talent this country puts up as members of Parliament.

Your old mate is not unhappy to hear that the long-time head of Fish & Game – better known in farming circles as Bitch & Complain – is taking his gold watch and stepping down from the hunting and fishing lobby.

Poor old Ali Williams. The former All Black gets caught buying cocaine in Paris and then must face the ignominy not only of losing his career in France, but also the story being reported in New Zealand.

The immediacy of social media ensured that many dairy farmers shared in real time the horror of watching yet another PR disaster unfold on TV One’s Sunday programme last week.

Your canine crusader often hears claims that South Island’s West Coast is a backwater and behind the times.

Your old mate has no time for the multinational, tax dodging, political activist group Greenpeace, which spends most of its time and funds in this country telling half-truths and inaccuracies and smearing the farming sector.

 

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Asleep at the wheel?

The Hound hears that the jokes were on PM Bill English who was in fine form at the recent Ahuwhenua…

Go South

What is it with Massey University academics and their hatred of agriculture?

 

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