Zany Zeus for sale

Three weeks after winning the top prize in the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association annual awards, Wellington gourmet dairy producer Zany Zeus is in the hands of receivers.

Shot in the foot

As many in the know predicted, the police have made a hash of the gun buy-back.

 
Signs of banks being more cautious were obvious at this year’s National Fieldays.

OPINION: The news that most banks are pulling back or taking a more cautious approach to lending to the rural sector should come as no surprise.

 
Why the stripes?

An experiment on a herd of cows in central Japan appears to have proven a radical, nature-inspired solution to a pest problem plaguing farmers.

Nats cop it too

Interestingly, none of the politicians managed to escape the wrath of farmers at the protest march organised by the lobby 50 Shades of Green.

More carrot, less stick

Rural News last week summed up the disconnect going on in rural communities: “It seems incredible that in times when commodity prices are strong, interest rates low and climate favourable there should be so much angst and concern in rural NZ”

The usual culprits are angry at hearing last week that the Government and the agri sector will work together to deal with greenhouse gas emissions.

Talking about elections, the DairyNZ board election is shaping up to be a much more exciting affair.

The final list of candidates for Fonterra’s board election is out. Surprisingly only one candidate came through the farmer nominated process.

Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones gets away with saying a lot of things many other Cabinet ministers won’t even dream of uttering.

At last we see Fonterra shareholders asking questions about its supposed watchdog, the shareholders council.

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