Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:30

Who’s right?

Written by 

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

National’s agriculture spokesperson Guy alleged in Parliament that Trade Minister Parker told the EU Agriculture Commissioner and his trade delegation that “hungry sharemilkers screw everything out of their cows and allow them to s*** in our rivers”.

Guy asked Parker at a meeting in Wellington last week whether he had said that. Parker said he had not, but Guy said his sources said that the Minister did say that.

Parker charged that Guy was “misinterpreting comments that I think he’s heard third- or fourth-hand”. 

“The meeting with the European Commission included the issue of nutrient pollution,” Parker said. “Some of the farm groups at the meeting, I think, were somewhat shocked to hear the European Commission say that the commission had required the Netherlands to cull 100,000 cows because they exceeded their nutrient pollution guideline.”

 

More like this

Hero or hypocrite?

Your old mate was interested to see Trade Minister David Parker recently hailing the success of the revamped TPP trade deal.

Benefits coming from revamped TPP deal

NZ exporters are among the first to benefit from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which took effect at the beginning of the new year.

Farmers under the microscope

Farming has been under the microscope this month with three heavyweight Government reports — on water quality, climate change and Mycoplasma bovis — all appearing in just three days.

Parker praises industry leaders

Farming leaders are stepping up to the mark on climate change and water quality, says environment and trade minister David Parker.

 
 

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Find me on Tudder

A Tinder-inspired app called Tudder is helping farmers to match their cattle with suitable mates — by swiping right on…

Cow toilet

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

 
 

» Connect with Dairy News