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.

PULPIT: Plenty on meat body’s plate

The busy pace of 2018 looks set to continue in 2019 with a number of important initiatives in the pipeline and policy issues likely to be decided by Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

PULPIT: Vanguard role scary, exciting

We dairy farmers are used to change. 

We are continually working to keep productivity high while making changes to how we farm that will reduce our environmental footprint. 

PULPIT: Make farm safety a summer focus

While most New Zealanders are looking forward to the Christmas break there are some jobs where there’s always work to be done like those in hospitals, the emergency services and on farms.

PULPIT: Lack of meat staff can be fixed

The meat industry says there is a shortage of about 2000 workers but that is a challenge that goes well beyond simply demanding foreign workers to fill the gap.

Ask any long-term meat worker. 

PULPIT: Heading for a TB-free future

Ospri Chairman Barry Harris says New Zealand farmers can be proud of the progress of the TB Plan towards eradicating the infectious livestock disease bovine tuberculosis.

PULPIT: Less effective killers cost more

Glyphosphate, commonly sold as Roundup, has been in the news again, this time because of a link to antibiotic resistance. 

Canterbury University’s Professor Jack Heinemann has done some interesting work in the laboratory. He has also acknowledged agar plates in controlled conditions are a very long way from field use. 

PULPIT: Picking rams made easy

October is the time most sheep farmers start to think of buying their rams to replace those that have passed their use-by date.

The vast majority of these farmers are very loyal to their ram suppliers, with some buying from the same source for decades.

PULPIT: Legislate to stop calf deaths

Ngongotaha calf rearer Patricia Hosking has written an open letter to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor to voice her concerns about the health of calf offered for sale.