Viewpoint

Read our monthly review of farming and agricultural issues facing New Zealand industry and farmers. Your comments and opinions are welcome!


The election results are in and we have a new Government and by inference a new set of guide lines. I have asked my Political […]

October 2017


Good food comes from healthy balanced soils and our job at Fertilizer New Zealand is to give you good solid advice on how to achieve […]

September 2017


We can do better and save money too Farmers in Europe are required to live with increasingly restrictive tolerances for fertiliser applications. They have new […]

August 2017



Our Time has Come At long last farmers are beginning to see the benefits of looking at different ways of getting essential nutrients to their […]

July 2017


I was encouraged by the attendance at Mystery Creek this year. Farmers have been under financial pressure for far too long. The people who work […]

June 2017


Money is Essential It is all very well for people to talk about farming in terms of lifestyle and it is a fact that farmers […]

April 2017



Like all farmers and farm suppliers I am feeling a lot happier with the projected milk price predictions from Fonterra which are now at $6.50 […]

December 2016


Recently I was walking through the grounds of an agricultural field day. It had been raining and so it was difficult to walk around. But […]

May 2017


There two elements that are vital to all life; calcium and carbon. Both are equally important, so I want to look at both and see […]

March 2017



Maybe we should stop and listen The farming sustainability argument rages on with accusations of dirty streams and rivers from environmental groups including Greenpeace and […]

February 2017


Droughts, Floods, Earthquakes, Governments and Farming I don’t know which one of these is the worst but I know that many of you might be […]

January 2017


Kaikoura As I put this newsletter together I am mindful of the hardship the rural community is under now.  I have spent all my life […]

November 2016



Farming for Profit The more I talk to farmers the more I treasure our efficient and world leading grass fed farming methods. We often have […]

October 2016


Phosphate 365
Looking Towards The Future Sourcing fertiliser sometimes means I am required to visit Europe to look at product and assess its worthiness for our farming […]

September 2016


water quality
Prices and Productivity The low prices continue for dairy, beef is okay and lamb and wool are not that flash. Rather than a little blip, […]

August 2016



A Fair Go for Farmers For years now we have been talking about added value products and capturing the margins up the chain to the […]

July 2016


According to a recent news article staff morale at Invermay has hit rock bottom since the announcement that jobs there would be slashed as people were moved to Lincoln.

June 2016


viewpoint   May 2016 with John Barnes – Managing Director May 2016 Where is the Dialogue? As I travel around the country and as our Reps bring in their […]

May 2016



water quality
Amazing to see a full front page article on the concerns regarding the effects of cadmium in popular fishing magazine Fishing and Outdoors.

April 2016


The growing population of our planet all need to be fed. It is increasingly apparent to me that as the world’s population grows there will also

March 2016