Tough gig!

OPINION: This old mutt has a fair amount of sympathy for Ag Minister Damien O’Connor with the two associate ministers he’s landed with in the recent Cabinet selections made by PM Jacinda Ardern. 

Good riddance

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s reckons the end of Beef + Lamb NZ independent director Melisa Clark-Reynolds’ term can’t come soon enough.

 
Who cares?

OPINION: Meanwhile, your canine crusader is left a little bemused about all the crowing and cooing from the media and commentators about the “amazing diversity” of Ardern’s new Cabinet. 

Cow killer

OPINION: The Hound was not surprised to hear well-known end-of-the-world doom-merchant ‘Dr’ Mike Joy is still as joyless as ever about the state of NZ.

 
Claims that vacancies in our agricultural and horticultural can be filled by out-of-work New Zealanders is both naïve and ignorant.

OPINION: It's time for some real and fast action around allowing more seasonal workers into the country to help power NZ’s all-important agricultural and horticultural sectors.

True story

OPINION: Your canine crusader, like most in society, believes that the minority of farmers who carry out uncaring and idiotic behaviour towards their animals deserve to be severely punished.

Mates rates?

OPINION: This old mutt does worry about the unfettered ‘old boys’ network that seems to operate within the agri-sector.

No bull!

OPINION: The Hound reckons talk of a rural/urban divide in this country is routinely dismissed by the less well-informed.

Pedantic

OPINION: Your old mate does wonder about the finicky behaviour of the constabulary at times.

One of 14 year-old Rosa Macaulay’s favourite places is her poppa’s sheep yards.

When 14-year-old Lincoln High School student Rosa Macaulay was asked to write story about her favourite room, instead of choosing her bedroom like most 14-year-old girls, she chose her grandfather’s sheep yards. 

OPINION: The biggest issue currently facing our industry is environmental policy, writes Beef+Lamb NZ chief executive Sam McIvor.

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s is very suspicious about the motives around professional political muck-raker and “third party campaign” strategist Simon Lusk’s plans to take a private prosecution to force the Alliance Group to pay back all the Covid wage subsidy it claimed earlier in the year.

OPINION: Your canine crusader understands that the farmer’s favourite politician – Environment Minister David Parker – not content with implementing his impractical and unworkable winter grazing and low slope rules in the recent freshwater reforms, now has his grubby little mitts all over water issues in the Otago region.

OPINION: This old mutt understands that former Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings has landed himself a new gig back in his native Netherlands.

OPINION: Your old mate hears plenty of ill-informed comment from farming critics and other anti-farming types in this country about how farmers are always getting handouts or somehow bludging off the state.

OPINION: This is a call to action to all farmers who have worked on through Covid-19 difficulties, supporting the economy and contributing to recovery.

OPINION: This old mutt hears that there is some discontent in the wool sector at the tactics being used by the meat industry to rejuvenate wool’s prospects.

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Tough gig!

OPINION: This old mutt has a fair amount of sympathy for Ag Minister Damien O’Connor with the two associate ministers…

Cow killer

OPINION: The Hound was not surprised to hear well-known end-of-the-world doom-merchant ‘Dr’ Mike Joy is still as joyless as ever…

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