It has been a momentous year for the New Zealand wine industry, from start until finish.
We hear that methane produced by cows is terrible for the environment; in 2015 it comprised 16% of all greenhouse gases.
Who would have predicted an attack on dairying in Morrinsville?
Change is coming to yoghurt, now poised to be the next big nut-milk trend.
Is the anti-1080 campaign taking an ugly turn?
At least 59% of the public surveyed has a favourable opinion of dairying and 90% of media coverage of dairying is positive/neutral.
Food and environmental activists are on record as suggesting New Zealand should be ruminant-free to create a cleaner greener country.
Debate continues about what primary sector activities will be ‘best’ for New Zealand.
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”
The Hound likes moves by the Australian government to pass a law that will force animal rights activists to hand over visual evidence of animal cruelty to relevant authorities promptly, instead of delaying its release to bolster emotive, anti-farming media-driven campaigns.
This old mutt reckons Fonterra shareholders council chairman Duncan Coull has done nothing to dispel the oft-heard claim that his group is merely a lapdog of the Fonterra board.
Your old mate understands that while lobby group Fish & Game may have a new head in place it has not changed its anti-farming tune one bit.
Hard on the heels of NZ First’s lack of complaints over the sale of iconic NZ company Icebreaker to US interests, news that multi-national syndicate Craigmore Permanent Crop Ltd Partnership recently bought 17.5ha of kiwifruit orchards in Te Puke did not so much as raise a peep from the bauble-takers.
Brent Love, director farm enterprise at KPMG, explains how to make it in dairy for 20-somethings.
In reflecting on the salary package/bonuses paid to Theo Spierings in the past season it is important to understand that the Fonterra business is owned by shareholders who empower a board to act on their behalf.
Sadly, our cooperative has lost one of our strongest people with former director Michael Spaans passing away last week.
Professor Jon Hickford, from Lincoln University’s faculty of agriculture and life sciences, gives his view on where the new government should focus in its primary sector policy.
It makes grim reading to see that agricultural deaths have numbered 124 over the last seven years – about four times higher than in construction or forestry.
In a case of poacher turned gamekeeper, the Hound notes that dairy farming critic Alison Dewes has been appointed Landcorp’s new head of environment.
Your old mate hears there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Beef + Lamb NZ’s decision to pull the plug on the Golden Lamb Awards, better known as the Glammies.
This old mutt is getting a little bored with the claim by the newly minted Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor -- that farmers “always do better” under Labour governments.
The Hound was contacted by a farmer concerned at the complete silence of supposed rural and farming advocates NZ First – especially list MP Mark Patterson – over the recent sale of the iconic NZ company Icebreaker to US interests.
Examining the primary sector policies of Labour, and thus our new Government, there are a few things on my wish list, some cautionary notes and some plaudits to hand out.
Fuels and chemicals are widely used on farms to help improve productivity, but there can be a cost to the health of you and your workers.
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