David Parker.

Environment Minister David Parker recently told a Forest & Bird meeting about the Productive and Sustainable Land Use package unveiled in the Budget. Here are excerpts from his speech.

 
 
Budget blues

Now that the circus surrounding the Budget’s release has subsided, Milking It makes the following observations about some of its contents.

 
James Shaw.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw presented the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill in Parliament last week. Here are excerpts from his speech.

MooFree May

UK activists have resumed their attack on the dairy industry.

Fresh is best

The shelf life of fresh milk can be extended up to two months by a technology developed by an Australian company.

What about the PCE’s report?

On emissions targets, dairy farmers are promoting the lower numbers put out last year by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton.

Goalposts shift

The farming sector has engaged in the national effort to draft a credible response to climate change so New Zealand is seen internationally to be doing its bit.

Bert Quin, managing director of Quin Environmentals (NZ) Ltd and owner of the fertiliser company Quinfert on why we need to be more thoughtful about fertiliser.

OPINION: Most of us are under the impression that all of New Zealand has fertile soil that’s great for growing food. It’s more or less a fairy tale.

A Tinder-inspired app called Tudder is helping farmers to match their cattle with suitable mates — by swiping right on cows they like the look of.

A farm equipment manufacturer is developing a toilet for cattle and has revealed that cows can be trained to use it.

Westland Milk's decision to sell to Chinese company Yili may get the nod of farmer shareholders but politicians aren’t happy.

Fonterra won't be the only dairy company investing in alternative protein: Nestle says it will launch plant-based burgers in Europe and the US this year.

The Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced on February 17 that the ‘tenure review’ of Crown pastoral land under the Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998 (CPLA) would end.

A preview last week of Fonterra’s new strategy showed how the co-op intends to focus on sustainability on all levels and prioritise the value of milk, rather than the volume, into the future.

OPINION: Breeding worth (BW) was introduced decades ago and has served farmers well as a breeding guide – or has it?

 

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