Budget blues

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

 
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.

Find me on Tudder

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.

Cow toilet

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

Not happy with Westland

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

Fake protein spreading

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.

Neutered?

When in Opposition, ‘Winston First’ used to enjoy standing on the sidelines criticising the sale of New Zealand companies to Chinese interests.

Toxic loan?

More questions are being asked about the Government’s contentious $10 million loan to Westland.

Cows and bulls searching for ‘moo love’ now have a mobile app to help their breeders.

Green Party MP Golriz Gharaman is pushing a Members Bill that would give prisoners the right to vote and ban overseas donations to political parties.

National's constant prodding in Parliament recently about capital gains tax (CGT) has caused the Prime Minister to drop her veil of kindness and reveal anger and petulance instead.

Did minister David Parker say it? Opposition’s Nathan Guy thinks so.

Fonterra finds itself at the centre of a row between two Sri Lankan cabinet ministers.

While we're on the topic of a higher minimum wage, Horticulture NZ chief Mike Chapman is a clear thinker on this, cutting through the bulldust coming out of Wellington.

So, cows are a major source of methane but how do you measure how much gas a cow burps?

In Australia, animal activists are taking exception to electric shock collars for use on cattle, calling it the equivalent of farmers torturing cows.

Farmers are letting their fly-fishing rods do the talking this summer. Many refuse to buy trout fishing licences in protest against Fish & Game’s political attack on the dairy industry.

The blame game over the collapse of agri training provider Taratahi rages on.

 

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

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