Podcasts

Episode 24 – Inspiring young farmers into the industry

How do we keep the next generation and beyond engaged in the agriculture sector? In order to keep the agriculture sector growing, we have to get young people interested and provide training pathways. Hear from Farmer Time in Schools, which connects primary and intermediate-aged children with different farming systems across the country, and the Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust, who train up the next generation of farmers in their skills-based cadetship.

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Episode 23 – Surviving tough times on farm

Cutting costs is the obvious solution, but it’s important to continue investing in your farm business, even during tough financial times. We hear from those in the rural business industry about what farmers can practically do now to keep afloat, and how to stay hopeful for the future when pressures ease again.

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Episode 22 – Exciting times ahead for the deer industry

Those in New Zealand’s deer industry have an exciting future ahead of them, Following the recent Deer Industry NZ conference, we talk to Ron Schroeder about his hope for the future of deer, and how we got here. And we speak to DINZ executive chef, Graham Brown, who shares his love for venison and its versatility, and gives us some tips for cooking venison at home.

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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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Episode 20 – Treating rubbish as a resource

Waste takes many different forms onfarm and there’s some great initiatives out there with an aim to give these resources another life - sometimes even back on the same farm!
In this episode, we hear from three experts who discuss the exciting ways we can begin to utilise onfarm waste as a resource.

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Episode 19 – How do we tackle regenerating biodiversity on our farms?

When it comes to looking at the future of regenerating biodiversity, farmers have a key role to play, with 24% of native biodiversity found on sheep and beef farmland, second only to conservation estate.

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Episode 18 – How are we missing out on premiums for the world’s best beef?

The wellness industry is valued at $1.8 trillion so why aren’t we positioning New Zealand’s red meat’s positive health attributes? From selecting the right sire through to how we market our beef, hear from three experts on what they think we need to do. We talk about livestock genetics sales ahead of bull sale season, meet our new host of BEEF Country and hear the updates in nutrient profiling of meat cuts from an AgResearch scientist.

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Episode 17 – The billion dollar question: Selling land to foreign buyers or not?

In February 2024, the Overseas Investment Office approved 7 foreign buyer sales to pine trees under the eye of the current coalition government.
It has hill country sheep and beef farmers scratching their heads as to whether National and ACT were even listening to the drum being beaten by the “50 Shades of Green” movement at all?

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Episode 16 – Understanding the puzzle of pest control

Old chemistry is being withdrawn from the market globally, and being more selective is encouraged for both avoiding insecticide and pesticide resistance while also bringing down onfarm costs. So how do you control pests without relying on an overuse of pesticides? Three science experts aim to support the major knowledge gap on pests and diseases in pasture, forage and cereal crops.

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Episode 15 – Are Wiltshire’s sunrise strong wool’s sunset?

Shearing & animal health costs outstrip the income from strong wool and one academic believes it’s a no brainer to lean into Wiltshires (shedding sheep). Rebecca uncovers the benefits of the breed from the research trial at Massey University along with the inspirational story of one East Coast farmer who had his capital stock wiped out from a drought and a cyclone.

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