OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons something smells really iffy about the move by Beef+Lamb NZ directors to sack the independent committee set up to decide their remuneration and then award themselves a big pay rise this coming year.
OPINION: This old mutt has always thought the people who inhabit the nation’s parliament are a weird bunch with very little in common with the average New Zealander.
OPINION: The Hound sees that the Australian National University in Canberra has taken ‘going woke’ to the next level.
OPINION: Your old mate notes that MPI was recently sued by WorkSafe in relation to the health and safety of its contractors.
OPINION: One of life’s commercial shibboleths is that one should be wary of going into business with close friends because emotion is always involved.
OPINION: I have been a regular reader for a number of years now, the last couple of decades in particular. Not so long ago, I was reading around 40 books each year.
OPINION: We may now be into the third decade of the 21st century, but unfortunately much of NZ’s rural broadband and mobile coverage remains at third world levels.
OPINION: Your old mate has long argued Landcorp’s farming business – Pamu – is a bigger dog than he is.
OPINION: Your canine crusader shakes his head at the complete lack of practical and real-world knowledge in both government and the bureaucracy.
OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s suggests there is an easy solution to farming sector concerns about more trees being planted to meet the country’s carbon emissions targets.
OPINION: Your old mate was a little confused by Maori Party MP Rawiri Waititi’s stance over not wanting to wear a tie in Parliament’s debating chamber.
OPINION: Dear Ministers Nash and Shaw,
OPINION: Soil organic matter was a hot topic for environmentalists, ecologists and primary producers in 2020.
OPINION: Climate Change Commission chair Rod Carr’s foolish and ham-fisted comment comparing NZ’s farming sector to the country’s defunct whaling industry was an appalling way for him to kick off the consultation period of his organisation’s draft carbon emissions budget.
Your old mate reckons that the chances of the strong wool sector being revived by the latest iteration of so-called sector saviour group SWAG is about as likely as Donald Trump being remembered as the greatest US president ever.
OPINION: Your canine crusader suggests hopes for a change in some of the anti-farming government policies will not be helped by the clear dearth of farming experience and lack of rural knowledge in the ranks of the current Labour administration.
OPINION: A mate of the Hound reckons he’s recently discovered Parkinson’s Law and believes it explains much about bureaucracy and the workings of government that simply don’t make sense to a practical farmer.
OPINION: According to news reports, possibly the world’s biggest nerd – Microsoft founder Bill Gates – now owns the most farmland of anyone in the United States.
The United Kingdom-European Union agreement – announced late last year –on post-Brexit trade arrangements will deliver certainty.
OPINION: Yes, 2021 is well and truly upon us. Like it or not, here we are!
OPINION: There used to be a phrase that stated that ‘NZ lived off the sheep’s back’.
This old mutt understands the country’s trendy, woke, vegan community (all four of them) is taking time out from being outraged at everything Donald Trump has ever done, to concern themselves about an oat milk shortage in NZ.
Your old mate wonders if the over-reaching do-gooder who set up a North Canterbury cow sanctuary “to save retired dairy cows and bobby calves from slaughter” will face any charges for animal cruelty.
Meat company Alliance Group recently announced that it will become an official partner of Ronald McDonald House South Island – the independent charitable trust providing free accommodation and support to families who need to travel to Christchurch and Invercargill for their children’s medical treatment.