BLOG: Eradication was the only option

Three years into the programme to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis statistics show progress is being made. Just four farms are known to have the disease now. It’s still early days given it’s year three of a 10-year battle but the signs are positive.

Daily Digest: July 24, 2020

Land matters 

For some time now farm buyers and sellers have been engaged in a Mexican stand-off. Who will blink first over the price of a piece of rural real estate? The latest figures show the level of sales has halved since two and three years ago.

Daily Digest: July 23, 2020

News you can use 

The media landscape has changed dramatically in the last two decades. The rivers of gold that were the classified sections of newspapers dried up long ago and television and radio are being increasingly outcompeted by digital platforms.

Daily Digest: July 22, 2020

Vigilant public keeps watch 

Southland farmers have put their best environmental feet forward this winter in improving their grazing practices, according to Environment Southland’s second aerial compliance inspection of the season.

Daily Digest: July 21, 2020

More destructive weather on cards 

New Zealand’s pre-eminent climate scientist Professor James Renwick has warned the so-called one-in-500 rain deluge in Northland conveys the wrong message.

Daily Digest: July 20, 2020

Butt out and benefit, Kiwis told 

Who’d be a politician or a diplomat these days. At least the latter are used to being diplomatic but the former aren’t.

DailyDigest: July 17, 2020

Oh dear. There’s a fair bit of whinging going on that the wool report didn’t produce a magic bullet to solve the industry’s slump.

Daily Digest: July 15, 2020

Fonterra plays pass the parcel

Hmmm. I have doubts about Fonterra’s ploy of selling carbon-zero milk.

Daily Digest: July 14, 2020

Cheap chips leave bad taste

As a champion of free trade New Zealand must be sure of its facts before taking any action to impose punitive duties on imported potato products said to have dumped on the local market because of a glut in Europe caused by covid-19 lockdowns affecting the food service industry.