OPINION ARCHIVES

MEATY MATTERS: Meat industry in shape to cope

When I started to trawl through possible topics to write about this week I had the bright idea it might be worth asking meat processors what contingency plans they have in place in case an employee, more particularly one on the processing floor, tests positive for the covid-19 coronavirus.

PULPIT: Specific answers hard to come by

It's amazing how difficult it is to get a straight answer. Or any answer at all.

It started with a comment piece by Liam Dann.

The headline read Get out there and head for the mall – it’s your economic duty. 

FROM THE RIDGE: Death could be a devastating experience

Last week the World Health Organisation officially announced coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic.

Through good management and luck New Zealand has just five cases at the time of writing, all back at home, and no deaths yet.

FROM THE RIDGE: Death could be a devastating experience

Last week the World Health Organisation officially announced coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic.

Through good management and luck New Zealand has just five cases at the time of writing, all back at home, and no deaths yet.

PULPIT: Many farmers ahead of regulators

It seems campaign mode is well and truly under way judging by Opposition agriculture spokesman Todd Muller’s egregious attack on New Zealand First (Farmers Weekly 2-3-20). 

No surprises in this, of course, as Simon Bridges has unwisely left himself very few pathways to the prime ministership. 

PULPIT: Farm leader urges TB action unity

It's tough going for farmers in Hawke’s Bay and confirmation of a flare-up of bovine tuberculosis in the region is something we could all do without.

Infected wildlife from native forest bordering Waitara Valley has reintroduced TB to grazing livestock, with other pockets of infection detected in the region. 

Eight herds are infected and a further 11 are under investigation.

OFF THE CUFF: Dry death by 1000 cuts hits farming communities

Summer safe. It used to be a short phrase everyone in the farming community could relate to. 

Fortunate farmers lived in pockets of the country where summer rain rolled through regularly to keep grass growing, crops thriving and water stocks replenished. 

We have all read, listened to and watched the man-made climate change debate rage on until many of us can not stomach it any more. 

MEATY MATTERS: Virus major test for Government

Headlines driving panic buying in Auckland supermarkets suggest either we are all facing an existential threat or, more likely, a small percentage of the population is reacting like idiots, presumably stocking up large in case one covid-19 case so far means they will have to self-isolate.

FROM THE RIDGE: How to convince an unenthusiastic wife

“Every Kiwi should walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing at least once in their lives,” I pronounced.

Jane gazed at me and looked unconvinced.

We had a wedding coming up in Turangi and I thought if there was a suitable weather window we should take an extra day and walk it.

FROM THE RIDGE: Our farms are already regenerative

There is a bit of wheel reinvention going on.

No, that’s not quite the metaphor that I’m looking for. How about teaching granny to suck eggs? Something like that.

Regenerative agriculture is all the rage, the answer to all our ills.

Really?