Oat dear!

OPINION: Oat 'milk' is facing a crisis of sorts.

Cows to stay home

OPINION: Eleven cows from Auckland's Cornwall Park will no longer be exported to Mongolia to participate in a breeding programme.

 
No fooling around

OPINION: The non-performing China Farms have always been a source of headaches for Fonterra.

Conspiracy Cranks

OPINION: If we needed further proof that the Outdoors Party has drifted away from from being about hunting & fishing and is now home to every conspiracy theory known to man, look no further than its recent statements about the Covid vaccine.

 
Blue murder

OPINION: Your old mate recently read an off-the-wall suggestion, by some boffin, that deliberately staining meat blue will lead to less of it being consumed.

Foot in mouth - again!

OPINION: This old mutt reckons Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor too often suffers from 'foot in mouth' disease.

Lost touch?

OPINION: Your canine crusader was impressed to see that Beef + Lamb levypayers gave their farmer organisation a strong message at last month's annual meeting when they rejected the board's move for a big jump in director fees.

Uninspiring

OPINION: A mate of the Hound reckons if you ever wondered why the current Labour Government seems so far removed from rural and farming interests, one only has to look at the make-up of its supposedly 'rural' caucus.

Climate Change Commission Chair Rod Carr

OPINION: Now that submissions have formally closed on the Climate Change Commission's (CCC) draft recommendations, released in February, on reducing NZ's emissions profile, will it actually listen and act on the advice it has received?

Up to 20% of livestock are lost to disease each year.

OPINION: As we struggle to fathom how we ended up in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, we're reminded of the importance of vaccinations to protect us from life-threatening diseases.

A dairy snack for kids made by the Gloriavale Christian Community has been dropped by two distributors because of "reputational" issues.

OPINION: Over the past year the world has been shown the psychological damage that lockdown can have on human wellbeing.

OPINION: Researchers at the University of California report an 82% reduction in methane emissions in cows fed small doses of seaweed a day for 21 weeks.

OPINION: A mate of Milking It recently opined that Ag Minister Damien O'Connor is a sitter for the moniker 'Minister of Foot in Mouth Disease' after yet another clumsy public statement.


He has now followed this gaffe in a speech he gave at the CD field days - no doubt trying to pander to his farming audience - by kicking tourism while it's down, Covid-19, he said, has taught the tourism industry "not to be so cocky" after it conceded to dairy as our top export earner.

Towns dependent on tourism are dying and need government assistance, not a kick in the guts.

OPINION: Just like you, everyone I have ever met, myself included, suffers from what I call "The Human Being Factor".

OPINION: Former NZ agriculture and trade minister, and ex-High Commissioner to the UK, Lockwood Smith, was the only non-UK member of the UK Trade & Agriculture Commission (TAC), which was tasked by Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, to look at finding a way forward of Britain supporting trade liberalisation, while ensuring UK standards are not undermined.

OPINION: Last month, a white paper on RA was released: "Regenerative Agriculture in Aotearoa New Zealand - research pathway to build science-based evidence and national narratives."

A mate of yours truly reckons it was totally appropriate that last week's UN 'International Day of Fruit and Vegetables' held a function at Parliament, marking this momentous event.

Your canine crusader picked up on a recent statement from Agriculture O'Connor claiming how wonderfully the country's honey sector is doing.

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Blue murder

OPINION: Your old mate recently read an off-the-wall suggestion, by some boffin, that deliberately staining meat blue will lead to…

Foot in mouth - again!

OPINION: This old mutt reckons Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor too often suffers from 'foot in mouth' disease.

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