PULPIT: UK farmers have edge on kiwis

Over the past 12 months I’ve visited numerous farms and agricultural companies throughout Britain. 

That insight provided an opportunity to observe New Zealand agriculture from an outside perspective and get a clear comparison with those on the other side of the world. 

PULPIT: Fonterra’s future up to farmers

The dairy industry is full of commentators who seem expert at expounding their view of what is wrong with the industry but offer very little in the way of constructive opinion on the way forward.

PULPIT: ‘We have got farmers’ backs’

The sheep and beef sector is at a crossroads. 

As farmers, we’re facing unprecedented scrutiny over our environmental performance and animal welfare while alternative proteins are likely to become a major competitor for New Zealand’s red meat products over the next three to five years.

PULPIT: We can do fine without GM grass

Hey consumer, it’s up to you if you want to see a change in our farming systems.

I normally keep my head low and decided a long time ago to save my energy for the already converted.

PULPIT: Kiwis still at the leading edge

It's not every day you walk into a room of 80-odd people and the entire room is abuzz with chatter, where people come together with a common and passionate link – agriculture and food.

PULPIT: Kiwis, Irish take wrong approach

Despite its battle-scarred history the Republic of Ireland seems to be getting its stuff together these days, at least on the farming and food front.

PULPIT: Trade stance a worry for farmers

While New Zealand farmers should be pleased the Government has finally achieved lift off for a free-trade negotiation with the European Union they should be worried by some of the comments by Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom about the existing quota commitments by the EU for some NZ meat and dairy exports to the EU.