The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
Southland farmers are creating unique community groups for town and country in response to escalating environmental rules.
A Northern Southland farmer had his actions described as “reckless” during a sentencing at the Invercargill District Court this morning.
Dairy farmers in Otago and Southland have taken a hit from unseasonal high winds that have demolished haybarns and generally disrupted their farming.
The Southland winter-spring, with prolonged incessant rain, cold wind and low sunshine hours, have depressed grass growth well below normal.
This season threw up a big challenge for dairy farmers in the low payout, but all hoped the weather might have been kind.
The Southland District Council is advising drivers in central Southland against unnecessary travel, due to widespread icy conditions.