OPINION: I was away up north over the big weekend a few weeks back.
OPINION: When we finally get a government (no agreement had been finalised at time of writing), the first thing the new administration needs to review is all the regional and district plans that are being rolled out across the country to comply with the new National Policy Statement (NPS).
OPINION: This old mutt understands that a number of high profile sheep studs are unhappy with Beef+ Lamb Genetics’ recent push to include methane traits in sheep.
OPINION: Your canine crusader is astounded at the sheer cojones of webbased media company Newsroom and its wont to cadge funding off others.
OPINION: The Hound suggests that the new National-led government has plenty of scope to deliver on its – and coalition partner ACT’s – election promise of trimming the fat in the public service.
OPINION: MPI employs more than 3,600 staff in 45 locations around the country and internationally.
OPINION: Irrespective of where you fall on the human-induced-global-warming spectrum - alarmist or sceptic - there is one thing we should all be 100% sure about.
OPINION: Your canine crusader notes that the Reserve Bank forecasts that more than 80% of beef and sheep farmers would be unprofitable if any future emissions pricing on carbon dioxide equivalent hit $150 per tonne.
OPINION: A mate of yours truly wonders if the rush by some to implement taxes on agricultural emissions might just leave the country’s farmers in the proverbial.
OPINION: Research out of Massey University claims the concept of an urban/rural divide may not be entirely accurate.
OPINION: While most of the country is still lamenting the All Blacks one point loss to the South Africans in the Rugby World Cup final, the Hound – always on the outlook for a cloud with silver lining – found one bright spot on the sporting front.
OPINION: According to political scientist Bryce Edwards the new parliamentary intake is heavy on farmers and professionals, but light on unionists.
OPINION: Your canine crusader notes that the new parliament will have a fresh array of new MPs from farming backgrounds taking up seats in the nation's capital.
OPINION: More than 100 farmers, rural professionals and international researchers recently took part in a webinar about breeding toward low-methane genetics as part of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Cool Sheep programme.
OPINION: A mate of yours truly wonders if outgoing Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor will now call it a day on his 30-year long political career.
OPINION: Farmers are doing it tough right now with rising costs, bad weather and falling payouts.
OPINION: As predicted there was a definite mood for change in rural and provincial New Zealand at this year's election.
OPINION: The Hound has always viewed multi-national political activist group Greenpeace as full of bovine excrement.
OPINION: Your old mate reckons the new Government has a big turnaround job in getting farmers feeling confident again.
OPINION: Rural News' article Putting Meat on the Bone (September 26) set out the NZ red meat sector's call for agriculture and the production and export of beef and lamb to be put at the heart of a new economic strategy, as well as the need for critical changes to some of…
OPINION: For a brief, humorous trip down memory lane, I recently caught some old video clips of the late Billy T James and also Kiwi icon and rural favourite, the late Fred Dagg.
OPINION: With election day only a few days away and advance voting well underway, there appears to be a mood for change in rural and provincial New Zealand.
OPINION: Your canine crusader understands big power companies Genesis and Meridian recently coughed up some major funding to local iwi groups, under the auspices of the Treaty of Waitangi, as part of the renewal applications for their resource consents in relation to the Waitaki river.
OPINION: A mate of yours truly wonders if the impending departure of Silver Fern Farms chief executive Simon Limmer will see a number of other senior executives leave the meat processor and exporter.