Jim Gibbs says New Zealand’s ruminant industries do not have a methane mitigation miracle coming anytime soon.

OPINION: In the past several months, three separate articles have appeared purporting to explain the current situation in New Zealand cattle and sheep industries, regarding methane emission research.

Don Nicolson claims that most farming leadership has given up the fight for what is right and sold out to the beltway vested interests.

OPINION: The passage of time has taught me that most people have been so bombarded with climate change stories and the ‘need to do something’, they believe it.

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, the Prime Minister waxed lyrical about the importance of the rural-based primary sector and how it would pull the NZ economy through the tough times ahead.

OPINION: When the Covid pandemic broke out over two years ago, Jacinda Ardern waxed lyrical about the importance of the rural-based primary sector and how it would pull the NZ economy through the tough times ahead. 

Say what?

OPINION: This old mutt almost choked while chewing his bone when he happened upon the latest politically-correct advice that’s been given to public servants about the way that they must communicate with people to be more ‘inclusive’.

Why bother?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.

Muddy waters!

OPINION: A recent Official Information Act (OIA) release shows that the Government paid almost $30k to an ‘advertising guru’ for key advice that shaped its disastrous $3 million Three Waters advertising campaign last year.

Get real!

OPINION: The Hound wonders why so much fuss was made about the PM’s recent overseas trip to Singapore and Japan.

Full disclosure?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound's recently pointed him to a podcast called The Detail, and a recent episode covering the emergence of rural ginger group Groundswell.

Wood for trees?

OPINION: There is huge concern in rural communities around NZ about good sheep and beef farmland being bought by - mainly overseas-owned - carbon farming concerns.

Farmer's Chaplain, Colin Miller

OPINION: Like many of you readers will, I remember the collapse of the Soviet Union - the old USSR.

MPI chief science adviser John Roche.

OPINION: A recent Rural News editorial raised issues about work to reduce agricultural emission and the approval of methane inhibitors.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor.

OPINION: Recently Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor made great fanfare when announcing a new farm planning system for farmers and growers.

Could be worse!

OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons that the people behind the Campaign for Wool are doing God's work in promoting the natural sheep fibre as sustainable, renewable and the next best thing since sliced bread.

Ironic!

OPINION: Your old mate notes that the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, recently granted leave for appeal for one Michael John Smith v Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited.

OPINION: The recent New Zealand-United Kingdom free trade agreement (FTA) represents the cumulation of over five years of hard work by the New Zealand Government – supported by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and the Meat Industry Association (MIA).

OPINION: Soil carbon is not included in either New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) or the proposed He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) programme.

OPINION: It appears the gloves have well and truly come off between rural ginger lobby group Groundswell and the establishment ag-sector bodies.

OPINION: This old mutt understands a farmer had an 'interesting' experience when recently chosen by MBIE for a 'site visit' to audit their employment records.

OPINION: Your canine crusader recently came across a report about several issues and problems farmers face in reducting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

OPINION: The Hound notes that the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union recently revealed how the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has spent over $2 million on furniture in just 18 months.

OPINION: Your old mate reckons a nasty war looks to be brewing in NZ farming politics.

OPINION: Jacqueline Rowarth opined in Rural News, January 19, "Confusion abounds about agricultural greenhouse gases (GHGs) and misinformation is rife".

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OPINION: This old mutt almost choked while chewing his bone when he happened upon the latest politically-correct advice that’s been…

Why bother?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.

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