My Daily Digest: April 16, 2021

Empower the people on the ground to get the job done


New Zealand has a diverse landscape.

Terrain and soil profiles differ wildly from one catchment to the next and that means each farmer has their own challenges to overcome.

My Daily Digest: April 15, 2021

Trading cucumbers for concrete

The Ministry for the Environment has released a stocktake of land-use in New Zealand that shows our prime, fertile soils are being overrun by houses.

This is an own goal of epic proportions.

My Daily Digest: April 14, 2021

Govt drops live exports bombshell

The Government’s decision today to phase out live exports of cattle over the next two years will force some farmers to make some big changes.

My Daily Digest: April 13, 2021

Time to bite the bullet

If you’ve been reading Farmers Weekly or keeping track on the website, you’ll have seen our new series More with Less.

My Daily Digest: April 12, 2021

Collaboration reaps great rewards

At the recent New Zealander of the Year awards, Shannon Te Huia was named local hero.

He’s spent six years working to improve the water quality in the Pūniu River, near Te Awamutu.

The project has obviously been a great success and Te Huia puts it down to being a community-led initiative.

My Daily Digest: April 9, 2021

Opportunity to tackle common goals

A leading Irish academic reckons New Zealand should work more closely with his country to tackle the challenge of reducing emissions on-farm.

My Daily Digest: April 8, 2021

The best time to plant a tree is now


It appears everyone’s looking to plant a tree or two right now.

The only trouble is, nurseries have pretty much run out of pine seedlings.

Anyone who hasn’t ordered theirs for the winter appears to have missed the boat.

My Daily Digest: April 7, 2021

Expect to fork out more for fertiliser

Running a business is easy. All you have to do is spend less than you make.

The trouble is, business owners often don’t have much control over their essential costs.

My Daily Digest: April 6, 2021

Counting gains despite the loss

It’s been just over a year since New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown, but we’re now pretty close to welcoming overseas visitors back.

My Daily Digest: April 1, 2021

B+LNZ report not all doom and gloom

Despite some big winter lamb contracts being offered at the moment, sheep and beef farmer confidence is down, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s mid-season report.