OPINION: The year ahead for New Zealand’s primary sector is full of promise and opportunity.
OPINION: It will be interesting to see if the Government, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed on election night would govern for every New Zealander, will make much needed changes to its freshwater rules after recent feedback.
OPINION: Earlier in 2020, we found the primary sector in an optimistic mood, as the NZ economy turned to our food producers to see us through an uncertain time.
Your old mate reckons the nomination of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) management team as a finalists in the 2020 Primary Industry Awards Team of the Year category, shows just how out of touch and hopeless Federated Farmers (who ran the awards) are as an organisation.
The Hound reckons 2021 is off to a rollicking start with news that professional whinger and anti-farming drone Martin Taylor has departed as head of Fish & Game NZ.
Your canine crusader has been concerned for some time about the complete lack of fight put up by the so-called farmer-representative bodies on a number of controversial issues – including water reforms.
Your old mate had to laugh at the apparent lack of any intellectual grunt of so-called international ‘independent think-tank’ RethinkX, which produced a report predicting the demise of meat. Its report predicted that in 2019 a total of 10% - and by 2030 a total of 70% - of cattle…
OPINION: There is no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year for New Zealand and the world.
OPINION: 2020: It definitely has been a most unusual year!
As we head into the festive season, your canine crusader has come across some research that may have you thinking twice about reaching for a second (or even third) helping at Christmas dinner this year.
This old mutt was not surprised to recently learn about the blatant hypocrisy of many of the academics who lecture us all on the evils of climate change.
A mate of the Hound’s wonders just how Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is getting along with his 2IC in the agriculture portfolio Meka Whaitiri.
OPINION: The marketers are telling us that they have no choice – but to pursue it.
OPINION: Concerns over the freshwater decisions taken by the Government in August have centred on slope rules for stock exclusion and winter grazing of crops.
OPINION: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered a ‘nice’ speech at last week’s Primary Industry Conference, organised and run by Federated Farmers.
The Hound notes that despite the new government having been elected for well over a month, there seems to a real lack of urgency on its behalf.
Your canine crusader is intrigued to learn that the upper-class twats who attend Oxford University in the UK have voted to ban beef and lamb from students’ menus.
Your old mate – in an earlier column – expressed concerns about the recent appointment of Mark Townshend as board chair of DairyNZ subsidiary – NZAEL.
Our old mate does wonder about the financial acumen of brain’s trust running Federated Farmers these days!
OPINION: Fuelling things up is a constant part of our everyday lives on the farm.
OPINION: Now voters have had their say, the incoming Government has some important decisions to make about farming in New Zealand.
OPINION: This old mutt has a fair amount of sympathy for Ag Minister Damien O’Connor with the two associate ministers he’s landed with in the recent Cabinet selections made by PM Jacinda Ardern.
OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s reckons the end of Beef + Lamb NZ independent director Melisa Clark-Reynolds’ term can’t come soon enough.
OPINION: Meanwhile, your canine crusader is left a little bemused about all the crowing and cooing from the media and commentators about the “amazing diversity” of Ardern’s new Cabinet.