The previous government issued a call-to-action to New Zealand: double primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality.
OPINION: Beware the snag in the incentivised pushing by central and local government to get hill country into trees.
OPINION: Two important pieces of work released in the last couple of weeks bring into clear focus the challenge New Zealand faces in its greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease has upset several people.
A mate of the Hound – a former technician and founder of an electronics business – reckons the NAIT system has many big flaws.
The Hound reckons the new Fonterra chair ‘Grumpy’ John Monaghan is proving more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster.
Your old mate notes his good friends at Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) have had yet another crack at the farming sector, this time over winter grazing.
We've had lately an abundance of reports on how New Zealand should tackle its carbon emissions profile – especially regarding agriculture’s contribution.
OPINION: Clearly the Minister of Agriculture believes the honey industry is in a bad state when he refers to it at the Agcarm conference (Rural News, August 21) as being the “wild west of the primary sector”.
OPINION: Getting used to the increased costs in producing the food society needs, wants and desires is simply part of farming; absent are the increased returns to cover the costs.
The Hound is shocked and dismayed at the support by certain political figures for the draconian and totally unnecessary NAIT ‘search and surveillance’ regulations rushed into law by the Coalition Government.
OPINION: Something important has been missing from the discussion of the role and responsibilities of the trustees of New Zealand’s 450,000 or so family trusts.
Your old mate was disappointed, but not surprised, recently when the chardonnay socialists at RNZ teamed up with the wacky animal activist group SAFE to try to do a hit-job on the Five Star Beef Ltd feedlot near Ashburton.
A mate of your canine crusader, who keeps bees and was around when the varroa mite invaded Kiwi beehives nearly 20 years ago, reckons the parallels with the M. bovis incursion are hard to ignore.
This old mutt reckons the old saying ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ should be amended to ‘lies, damn lies and Greenpeace claims’ because the multinational, tax-dodging political activists been caught telling porkies again.
Farmer groups, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ are in damage control.
It is a great pity that some people have embraced – with little question – the concept that farmers can make a ‘reduction in stocking rate and still make the same money, while leaching less nitrogen’.
Most farmers are now flat-out calving and lambing and are looking forward to another season of forecast good returns.
This time last month, not many people were aware that a new era was dawning on the world’s largest dairy exporter, Fonterra.
Speaking of Fonterra, your old mate hears that dairy farmers are struggling to take seriously the role of the co-op’s shareholders’ council.
Your old mate understands the Government has set up another committee on top of the 120-plus it has already established – this time for small business.
This photo was taken at a recent conference at Te Papa, in Wellington, attended by a mate of the Hound.
Your old mate always thought the ‘mouth of the north’ and self-proclaimed ‘provincial champion’, Shane Jones, was always full of the proverbial.
With the surprise resignation of John Wilson, the Fonterra board has promoted long-time director John Monaghan as its new chair.