Viewpoint

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


Fresh Water The recent announcement from the Government over water quality shows that they are going to be proactive in changing the way we farm. […]

September 2019


Embrace the Change There is a saying that “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” As the Government progresses legislation to set emission […]

August 2019


Leaching is losing If somebody were to tell me that my money was slipping through the floorboards of the Bank and into the local stream, […]

July 2019



Targets and Practicalities It is totally understandable that there is a lot of concern in the farming community as the Government gets down to the […]

June 2019


Methane Targets and Diets Much is being made of the recently announced targets for agricultural emissions, with farming leaders saying that they cannot be met […]

May 2019


We all like a Varied Diet We all like a varied diet and this includes animals. Researchers are now finding that plantain in pastures helps […]

April 2019



Soil and Pasture Nitrate after a dry spell Farmers are aware of a flush of grass after a dry spell but reasons for this rapid […]

March 2019


Climate is what we expect – weather is what we get!Whatever your views are on weather and politics, one would have to admit that both […]

February 2019


Sustainability of New Zealand farming   You must know the past to understand the future.   Past history gives the stories of drought, floods, crop […]

January 2019



Growing food economically Whether you grow animals be they sheep, beef or dairy, or grow fruit and vegetables, there is a common thread and that […]

December 2018


Land Loss In New Zealand 192 million tonnes of soil are lost every year to erosion and amazingly 44% of this loss is from pastureland. […]

November 2018


Soil Fertility Soil fertility is a very important subject and one that is being discussed widely in many circles. I believe it is important that […]

October 2018



Using Combo-N this Spring Spring is well under way and the grass in many areas is growing well, but the focus now will be on […]

September 2018


Farmers Face the Choice Choose to change their farming practices or face the very real prospect that they will have change forced on them.  In […]

August 2018


Loss of Nitrogen The discussion of the loss of nitrogen is not a new topic.  It has been talked about frequently but sadly very little […]

July 2018



More milk with less cows It is interesting that the Government is talking about reducing cow numbers and some in the Dairy Industry are complaining […]

June 2018


There is no doubt that the present Coalition Government is going to pursue its election promise of making our waterways fit to swim in and […]

May 2018


For farmers, having productive cows grazing on an all grass system is the most cost effective and environmentally sustainable way to farm. Farmers in New […]

April 2018



New Zealand farmers still rely on grass feeding for the majority of their production. So it is important that it is grown effectively and with […]

March 2018


Farmers…the real deal There is a big push to be making meat substitutes particularly in the USA, and from what I read they look and […]

February 2018