THE VOICE: Now we realise what is important

What will become important is what has always been important.

Last month I wrote about all the things we could do coming up in the rural calendar and within five days the whole world changed and we were heading into lockdown.

Farmers Weekly NZ 20.04.2020

Adapt quickly

Traceable, trusted and safe food will be more important than ever before in post-lockdown society but consumer behaviour has changed and New Zealand food producers must adapt quickly, KPMG agribusiness global head Ian Proudfoot says.



Farmers Voice | Success is in the bloodline

Since the 1960’s the Blackwell’s have farmed on Mangaotea Station, taking pride in the high-quality cattle they produce. These days Rob, Jaqueline and Zarrah farm three separate cattle studs on the property, with an obvious family rivalry pushing them to breed the best they possibly can.

Sarah's Country | It’s a wild world

The lyrics of a brand new song by one of my favourite artists, Kip Moore, released this week nails it. 

It is so humbling that rural media is valued as essential by Government as the food and fibre sector puts the boot to the ball like Beaver in the last 30 seconds of the game.

With the successful release of the new Sarah’s Country LIVE show this week Monday to Thursday we have changed to a best-of highlights show for podcasts each Friday and across radio stations on the weekends. 

Farmers Weekly NZ 06.04.2020

Farming finds a way

With the arrival of autumn livestock farmers face a critical pinch point from a mix of drought, the closure of sale yards and meat plants operating at about half their capacity.


Rural property market keeps going

COVID-19 is changing the way of business for rural real estate but it’s not all bad, Bayleys chief operating officer and rural real estate country manager Duncan Ross says.

“The way of doing business is changing and we are rethinking what it looks like in shape over the next few weeks and longer.

Dairy Farmer 30.03.2020

Fonterra is adaptable

In these unprecedented times Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell sums up the co-op’s performance over the past six months and looks ahead to how it might navigate covid-19.