With all the hype around the benefits of regenerative agriculture, a significant aspect appears to be missing – economics.
This old mutt suggests that if you ever wondered to understand just how crazy the nutjobs who make up animal activist group PETA are, then take a look at their latest call.
OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons the recent immigration reset by the Government, restricting the inflow of 'low-skilled' migrant workers into the country, is not only myopic and ideological but also poorly thought-out policy.
OPINION: Jacinda breezed in to town recently, with Damien in tow.
OPINION: Budget 2021, for the primary and rural sector, was basically a non-event.
OPINION: The Hound understands that there is a fair bit of consternation and nerves among the big farming lobby groups - namely Feds, Beef+Lamb and DairyNZ - that they are 'losing the room' in terms of farmer support.
OPINION: Your old mate hears that the question, who exactly is the National Party's spokesman, is one of the biggest mysteries in farming circles since the rabbit calicivirus was illegally released back in 1997.
OPINION: Agricultural organisations are often at the pointy end of criticism.
OPINION: Back in April of 2010, the NZ Herald carried the story of a British man, who they reported had died penniless.
OPINION:As the dry begins to really bite around different regions of the country, farmers really need to take action to mitigate its affect - both on their livestock and themselves - especially heading into winter.
OPINION: This old mut would like to tip his hat to the Government for its move to extend pay freezes for the highly-paid walk-short brigade who infest Wellington - public servants.
OPINION: A mate of the Hound's reckons recent over-the-top coverage about Lake Hawea station owners Geoff and Justine Ross as the first 'farmers' in NZ to have their carbon footprint certified, is an insult to the sector.
OPINION: Your canine crusader had a good old giggle over the reaction to a recent survey, which found that more than 70% of men in Australia say they'd rather cut their life expectancy by up to 10 years than ditch meat.
OPINION: Your old mate was intrigued by a recent ranking of Government ministers' performance in the media of late.
Rural Advocacy Network chairman Jamie McFadden was a key speaker at the recent round of Groundswell NZ meetings. He spoke about the push for Farm Environment Plans (FEPs) and why these may not be the great cure-all many are claiming. Here is an edited version of the speech...
OPINION: Damien! What were you thinking, banning the live export trade?
OPINION: "Where the bloody hell are you?"
The Hound is among many in the agriculture sector, including many of our top scientists, who are somewhat cynical claims made about the latest farming fad - regenerative agriculture.
OPINION: This old mutt wonders what it is about tall, balding, ex-Fonterra executives and their (non) ability to handle life once they leave the safety of the big dairy co-op.
OPINION:Always having a bit of a soft spot for the underdog, I have to admit I enjoyed seeing the Highlanders get one back on the Crusaders.
OPINION: Moves by the Government to end New Zealand's live export trade is more about politics than ethics.
Your old mate is not surprised to learn that Hollywood director James Cameron's big claims to convert his Wairarapa properties into organic veggie farms have fallen short.
A mate of the Hound reckons he's not surprised by the recent announcement the Government is 'partnering' with Lincoln-based company Leaft Foods on a $20 million R&D programme in the alternative protein sector.
OPINION: This old mutt reckons that Fonterra must be learning its PR tricks from the Government.