Katie Milne with Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor at the Feds conference.

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne last month notched up one year in office. She told the recent Feds annual conference in Wellington about issues dominating her first 12 months in the role.

MIA

The Hound reckons Fonterra must have one of the largest teams of spin-doctors and PR hacks in corporate NZ.

 
Bovine excrement

Speaking of hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims, your canine crusader is getting tired of hearing the pompous, pretentious and self-important claims of Regional Development Minister Shane Jones.

No thanks

The Hound can’t buy into all the over-the-top media gooing and ghaaing over a certain baby born to a certain working mother, earlier this month.

 
Labour pains

Your old mate can’t help but bask in an extreme case of schadenfreude (look it up) over the number of government workers lining up to go on strike unless they get big wage increases.

 
Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor with Cambridge farmers Bill and Sue Garland at the launch of the ‘Good Farming Action Plan for Water Quality’.

OPINION: The Good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality shows tangibly that the primary sector and local and central government intend to work together to enhance streams and rivers.

Damien O'Connor.

Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor last week at Fieldays launched his new Rural Proofing Policy – with great fanfare.

How long does it take a country to build a dairy industry? One year, Qatar would answer.

North Carolina legislators have made it clear: “If a drink doesn’t come from an animal with hooves, you can’t call it milk”.

Fonterra farmer suppliers in New Zealand are pretty happy with the $7/kgMS opening price for the new season.

The most worrying aspect of the coalition Government’s torpedoing of the oil and gas industry is the disregard for process.

Your old mate hears that animal rights advocates walked out of a recent Government-led hui after representatives of groups they oppose also attended the meeting.

The Hound notes this very special year for the Society Fieldays: celebrating the event’s 50th birthday.

A mate of The Hound reckons that while Fish & Game (Bitch & Complain) is quick to point the finger at the farming community about water quality, it should be looking in its own backyard at the issue of plastic cartridge wadding.

For the first time in years, Rural News – and other media – were not invited to the launch of KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda document at Fieldays.

 

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The Hound reckons Fonterra must have one of the largest teams of spin-doctors and PR hacks in corporate NZ.

Bovine excrement

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