OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s reckons the self-proclaimed champion of the provinces, and mouth of the North, Shane Jones, needs to be little more careful about how he publicises the way he spends taxpayer money.
OPINION: This old mutt has always believed that any hopes of a possible free trade deal – that is any good – between NZ and the EU were about as elusive as an honest politician.
OPINION: WorkSafe and workplace safety legislation dominate the daily operations of the private sector, including farms.
OPINION: Your canine crusader notes that media outfit Stuff, which was bought for the princely sum of $1 (with many believing it overpriced at that), recently carried an expose about companies in the kiwifruit sector claiming the wage subsidy.
OPINION: Greenpeace is again on the attack, targeting its favourite enemy – Fonterra.
OPINION: Milk bottles in Australia’s smallest state – ACT – are carrying the faces of missing people.
OPINION: So this Government spends $572,000 on a kids’ playground at Parliament grounds but when it comes to helping drought-stricken farmers in Hawke’s Bay, it can fork out only $500,000.
OPINION: The National Business Review has highlighted a major issue with the possible move to online annual general meetings.
OPINION: The Hound understands that National’s newly minted agriculture spokesman David Bennett is in a long-distance relationship with Bridget McKenzie, a senator from Victoria in the Australian Federal Parliament.
OPINION: A mate of yours truly reckons these days it appears you have to be a boring, bald bloke to get a run at the Nat’s ag portfolio.
OPINION: Your canine crusader has always been suspicious about the mental capacity of all those anaemic, sickly, unhealthy looking vegans who preach about the benefits of a strictly plant-based diet.
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This old mutt mentioned a couple of issues back about the appointment of a new head of the M. bovis programme – former ex-fisheries manager Stuart Anderson.
This old mutt wonders why regenerative agriculture advocates seem to be good at promotion and hype, but not so good at providing good, scientific research to back their claims.
Your old mate notes that the failing NZ Herald (owned by dying media company NZME) was quick to put the boot into various meat companies for claiming the wage subsidy in a recent article.
Speaking of anti-farming types, this old mutt hears that serial farming bashers Fish and Game – or Bitch and Complain as many know them – may be undergoing a change of attitude.
Your canine crusader noticed a full-page ad recently run in a farming paper calling on meat companies SFF and Alliance Group to pay back the $70m-plus they claimed in wage subsidy.
The Hound understands that Federated Farmers has been cut out of the information loop, for the past year, on the proposed freshwater reforms – driven by well-known farmer hater Environment Minister David Parker.
Your old mate sees that Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell has criticised small Southland dairy company Mataura Valley Milk for taking the Covid-19 wage subsidy, which the company claimed after choosing not to process Fonterra milk.
Your old mate is informed that a well-known machinery editor rather enjoys going to general auctions on a Saturday morning, while his better half does the weekly grocery shopping.
Your canine crusader understands that the Government’s decision to not allow butchers to operate during the lockdown period is going to cause some major animal welfare issues on many pig farms around the country.
The Hound is picking up a lot of negative feedback around the traps about the arrogant stance of National Fieldays organisers.
Your old mate reckons it’s incredible how people’s attitudes have changed since the COVID-19 crisis hit us.
A mate of the Hound’s reckons the COVID lockdown must be getting serious when we are being told not to have casual sex during this time.
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