Dr Blair Miller.

The previous government issued a call-to-action to New Zealand: double primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality. 

 
Tom Richardson.

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.

Forgetful?

Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease has upset several people.

 
Fatally flawed?

A mate of the Hound – a former technician and founder of an electronics business – reckons the NAIT system has many big flaws.

MIA?

The Hound reckons the new Fonterra chair ‘Grumpy’ John Monaghan is proving more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster.

 
Pot/kettle

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.

Debate heating up — Editorial

We've had lately an abundance of reports on how New Zealand should tackle its carbon emissions profile – especially regarding agriculture’s contribution.

Phillip Buckthought and Bridget Dewar on one of their stand off pads.

We all know how important it is to get eight hours sleep, and while cows have different sleep patterns from us, they do need to spend a similar amount of time lying down. 

Fake milk

Almond milk, if we can call it milk, is being touted as the next-best thing to cow milk.

Trade, not aid

US President Donald Trump’s trade tiff with China has hit American farmers in the pocket as China’s retaliatory tariffs on US exports start to bite. Soybean farmers are the hardest-hit.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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. 

This month, Fonterra marks the one-year anniversary of TIAKI – our sustainable dairying programme that helps farmers make their operations more environmentally compliant. 

 

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