Red blooded

OPINION: Your canine crusader had a good old giggle over the reaction to a recent survey, which found that more than 70% of men in Australia say they'd rather cut their life expectancy by up to 10 years than ditch meat.

Ouch!

OPINION: Your old mate was intrigued by a recent ranking of Government ministers' performance in the media of late.

Jamie McFadden believes the Government's policy on FEPs is unprecedented state control over ordinary citizens.

Rural Advocacy Network chairman Jamie McFadden was a key speaker at the recent round of Groundswell NZ meetings. He spoke about the push for Farm Environment Plans (FEPs) and why these may not be the great cure-all many are claiming. Here is an edited version of the speech...

 
Bad company

The Hound is among many in the agriculture sector, including many of our top scientists, who are somewhat cynical claims made about the latest farming fad - regenerative agriculture.

 
Quitters?

OPINION: This old mutt wonders what it is about tall, balding, ex-Fonterra executives and their (non) ability to handle life once they leave the safety of the big dairy co-op.

Farmer's Chaplain Colin Miller

OPINION:Always having a bit of a soft spot for the underdog, I have to admit I enjoyed seeing the Highlanders get one back on the Crusaders.

Green washing!

Your old mate is not surprised to learn that Hollywood director James Cameron's big claims to convert his Wairarapa properties into organic veggie farms have fallen short.

20 pieces of silver?

A mate of the Hound reckons he's not surprised by the recent announcement the Government is 'partnering' with Lincoln-based company Leaft Foods on a $20 million R&D programme in the alternative protein sector.

PR-101

OPINION: This old mutt reckons that Fonterra must be learning its PR tricks from the Government.

P!ss off!

OPINION: The Hound was intrigued to read about a project that NZ scientists are working on to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) produced from sheep by encouraging the animals to empty their bladders at night!

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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…

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."

OPINION: Finally the Government has made a sensible move to temporarily pause the implementation of the impractical rules that accompany its proposed regulations on winter grazing.

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Red blooded

OPINION: Your canine crusader had a good old giggle over the reaction to a recent survey, which found that more…

Ouch!

OPINION: Your old mate was intrigued by a recent ranking of Government ministers' performance in the media of late.

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