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Episode 21 – Live exports – a question of reputation?

Reinstating live animal exports from New Zealand is currently on the table under the new coalition government, and is drawing attention from all sides of the debate.
In this episode, we hear from Julia Jones, who asks what reputation we want New Zealand to have; Dr Helen Beattie, a veterinarian who advocates for animal welfare; and Brent Wallace, who sees this as an opportunity to lead the industry.

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Live Export Ban Drags On

Live cattle export has been a contentious issue, banned by the previous government, exporters and farmer suppliers are hoping a new gold standard accreditation can lead to the ban being overturned by August. But time is ticking, as politicians wait for advice from Ministry for Primary Industries officials before making a decision.
Words Tony Leggett

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Down the drain – wool wins

Research has confirmed wool’s biodegradability, Joanna Grigg writes.

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Chilean needle grass poses potential billion-dollar threat

The “sleeper weed” Chilean needle grass, if nothing was done to stop it, could spread through most of New Zealand and eventually cost the country over a billion dollars, according to newly published research.

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What the farmers say

Integrated Farm Planning can seem a daunting task but there are plenty of resources and programmes available to support farmers to take the first step. Rebecca Greaves spoke to three farmers who have created their own farm plan through attending a BakerAg programme – something that can be achievable for all farmers, with a little help.

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A dynamic approach

Integrated farm planning and farm assurance - everyone’s talking about it. But what does it mean, and how do we get a plan that works for our farming business?

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A change of system

Veterinarian Sara Sutherland reports on the financial impact of farm management changes in response to drench resistance.

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What to do with tail end ewes?

In light of a rapid rise in levels of drench resistance, Ginny Dodunski of Wormwise investigates alternatives to help light breeding ewes.

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A mismatch on the hills

For decades hill country sheep farmers have just accepted that dagging, treating for flystrike and drenching for worms is a part of successful farming, vet Trevor Cook writes.

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Reinventing the fleece

A fine-wool sheep breeding programme is following in the tracks of established, successful research. Sarah Horrocks reports.

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Breeding wool off the sheep’s back

Moving to a self-shedding sheep flock could significantly cut onfarm costs and labour, as the strong wool price remains stubbornly low, but there are always things to consider when changing your farm system. Massey University is three years into a trial to transition a base Romney flock to a fully shedding flock of Wiltshires. Rebecca Greaves attended the latest field day.

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How to buy the right bull

Being clear on your desired outcome is the first step to ensure you end up with a bull-team well suited to your particular needs.

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Minister’s trade priorities

The strength of our agricultural sector is a testament to farmers hard work and innovation; Minister for Trade and Agriculture Todd McClay is all too aware of his role to support and enhance collective efforts, particularly in expanding beef exports through strategic trade initiatives.

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Reaping the rewards

Irrespective of market fluctuations, Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Trade Policy team continues to represent the interests of this country’s sheep and beef farmers in global trade discussions. Senior Trade Policy Advisor, Nick Jolly, says B+LNZ’s strategy is to maintain, protect and improve access into current markets and to unlock new market potential. Words by Nick Jolly, Senior Trade Policy Advisor.

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Ready to thrive in a changeable world

Adaptability is crucial to maintain our standing as a premium beef exporter. Words by Sirma Karapeeva, Chief Executive, Meat Industry Association

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Growing a fine beer

Arrowtown’s Royalburn Station owner Carlos Bagrie has developed a tasty and thirst-quenching way to take control of his barley value chain.

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Seven OIO decisions to convert hill country to forestry in February alone

Pasture to production forestry sales are back on the table for foreign investment in 2024 as the Overseas Investment Office clarifies its policy position on the benefit to NZ test, says Property Brokers General Manager - Rural, Conrad Wilkshire.

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Repositioning demand for strong wool

Innovation and entrepreneurship is leading a revival in the fortunes of strong wool. By Tony Leggett

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Team approach adds value

Farmers can utilise the skills of their accountants and advisers to boost their financial literacy and get a better understanding of debt, assets and equity, Elaine Fisher writes.

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Back to basics

Getting back to his roots and spending time putting cups on is a far cry from walking the halls of power, but newly minted Agriculture Minister, Todd McClay, doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty from time to time. He spoke to Rebecca Greaves about his priorities and what farmers can expect from our new Government.

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Forest owners baulk at ETS fee

Owners of forests registered in the Emissions Trading Scheme are challenging the introduction of an ongoing cost recovery fee, Rebecca Greaves reports.

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Eye Fillet of Beef & Green Tomato Salad

Although eye fillet of beef may not have the extra flavour of say, scotch or sirloin, it has always been a favourite of mine when entertaining. It can be enjoyed cooked to blue, rare, medium-rare or even medium, if you must! Recipe & Words Kathy Paterson, Photo Tam West.

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AngusPRO: A Progressive Approach

AngusPRO is committed to bettering Angus cattle within the New Zealand beef industry and ensuring Angus is the tastiest beef on everyone’s lips. Words by Sarah Horrocks.

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Cow condition score is regarded as a big influencer of conception rate

Body Condition Score (BCS) data over several years shows a straight-line relationship to mating success. Words by Tony Leggett.

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An Autumn Muster

Anna Munro reflects on her time in the depths of the Canterbury High Country on Lake Heron Station. Words & Images Anna Munro

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