ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Group ignores fertiliser facts

Driving out of Auckland I saw a huge billboard with the message: Ravensdown and Ballance pollute rivers.

How can that be, I thought, but then I noted the billboard was put there by Greenpeace and Greenpeace never lets the facts get in the way of its prejudices.

THE BRAIDED TAIL: Finding a path for dairy

I have always been optimistic about the long-term future of dairy. 

I think it likely dairy will remain one of the pillars that underpins the economy. 

MEATY MATTERS: Pace of change getting quicker

Perhaps it’s my advancing age but it seems as though the changes facing agriculture demand ever faster reactions and responses to stay ahead or even just to keep pace with a whole series of challenges: public expectation, government regulation, consumer tastes, changing climate patterns and new technologies as well as the usual ones like finances, human resources and health pressures, both physical and mental.

PULPIT: A year for change?

It is a well-worn adage that change is the only constant, but this year that need for change in the dairy sector has never been greater. 

The tumultuous global markets of the past five years, massive industry debt and controversy over industry growth and direction have left many dairy farmers feeling disconnected at best from their industry and cynical, even angry, at worst.

TRADE WINDS: Brexit comes at a bad time for meat exporters

Kiwi farmers have skin in the game in Britain’s ongoing Brexit shambles.

After seeing her Brexit agreement torpedoed in the House of Commons last week British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to front up again today with a new plan.

THE BRAIDED TAIL: M bovis not yet done and dusted

There is a widespread belief in both the rural and urban communities that Mycoplasma bovis is well on the way to being eradicated from New Zealand. My response here is that there is a still a long way to travel before any declarations of success are appropriate.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Prosperity needs water storage

I recently attended the launch of the Wairarapa Growth Strategy, which was an impressive example of provincial New Zealand helping itself.

The harsh reality is Wairarapa’s economy is growing faster than either Auckland or Wellington at 3.7%.