OPINION: Fuelling things up is a constant part of our everyday lives on the farm.
OPINION: Now voters have had their say, the incoming Government has some important decisions to make about farming in New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION: Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser is suffering from a PR problem in New Zealand.
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.
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth on questioning claims about how farmers can achieve resilience and well-being.
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.
OPINION: This old mutt does worry about the unfettered ‘old boys’ network that seems to operate within the agri-sector.
OPINION: The Hound reckons talk of a rural/urban divide in this country is routinely dismissed by the less well-informed.
OPINION: Your old mate does wonder about the finicky behaviour of the constabulary at times.
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: From my quotes file, here is one that I have rather sadly seen lived out up close and personal, too many times to recall.
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: Almost invariably every general election is described as the most important one ever. The fact is every election is important!
OPINION: The COVID-19 lockdown brought a brutal clarity to New Zealand’s economy and laid bare the importance of our primary sector.
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.