Cows meta to Zuckerberg

OPINION: Mark Zuckerberg's multimillion- dollar housing project on Hawaii is attracting a lot of interest.

National’s new Wairarapa MP Mike Butterick.

Sheep and beef farmer and National’s MP for Wairarapa, Mike Butterick recently delivered his maiden speech in Parliament. Here are parts of what he said.

Heifer numbers down

OPINION: US milk production is facing a new challenge- a sharp decline in the number of dairy heifers available to replace older cows exiting the dairy herd.

Rural health boost

OPINION: A third medical school is a step closer to fruition and that’s good news for the rural sector.

Agricultural exports earn most of our income.

OPINION: The Public Service in New Zealand between 2017 and 2023 grew rapidly from 48,000 to over 64,000, and this does not include the use of consultants.

Outgoing Green Party co-leader James Shaw.

OPINION: James Shaw is the last of the real Greens – a person who until the end has lived up to the ideals of the original NZ Green Party, which first entered Parliament in 1999 when one of its founders, Jeanette Fitzsimmons, historically won the Coromandel seat. Rod Donald and Mike Ward were the other key founding members.

ODH out

OPINION: The future of Organic Dairy Hub, a small organic co-operative started by Waikato farmers, remains unclear, following well publicised financial difficulties.

Farmer friendly Govt

OPINION: Federated Farmers posted a photo on X (formerly Twitter) last week of a meeting between its board members and the new ministerial team at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Share tumble

OPINION: If you are an investor in listed Canterbury milk processor, Synlait then you may have a reason to be worried.

New party?

OPINION: Will departing Greens coleader James Shaw set up a new party?

To manage water well, the right infrastructure is needed.

IrrigationNZ submitted a briefing last month to the new Government this week on how water capture, storage, and efficient use can grow economic prosperity, support New Zealand's exports, and ensure long term regional resilience. Here's part of what Vanessa Winning, chief executive of IrrigationNZ, said:

Trade Minister Todd McClay visited India last month, his first official engagement overseas since taking office.

Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay made a whirlwind trip to India last month, his first overseas visit in the new role. He spoke to Indian business leaders in New Delhi. Here's part of what he said:

OPINION: The fake milk brigade is trying every trick in the book to reduce dairy milk consumption.

OPINION: We hope the Green Party and its supporters are taking notice.

OPINION: With current dairy returns so tight, Fonterra farmers may start to question the wisdom of some of the co-op's more charitable ventures.

OPINION: Westpac is the latest bank to tell its farmer clients to meet the climate targets it has set.

OPINION: On tackling methane emissions, global animal health giant DSM will be hoping for a more sympathetic reception from the new Government when it comes to Bovaer, its feed additive that reduces methane emissions in livestock.

OPINION: As the new National-led coalition begins its term in office, there are high expectations that the promises and rhetoric of the election campaign will quickly be transformed into actions.

OPINION: Greenpeace's criticism of the appointment of farmers’ champion Andrew Hoggard as Associate Minister of Agriculture and of the Environment is baffling.

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