Sarahs Country

Sarahs Country

Farming food & fashion for a discerning world is serious business in Aotearoa New Zealand. The challenge has been laid before us to embrace a changing world and balance business that is sensitive to people, profit and the environment. Sarah’s Country connects knowledge and shines the light on the matters that matter most to New Zealand’s biggest industry, the primary sector. “There are opportunities everywhere just waiting for open-minded people to take bold and brave leadership and support farming and growing in New Zealand for a positive future,” says Sarahs Country host Sarah Perriam. “Sarah Perriam is without a doubt New Zealand’s most exciting young rural journalists,” author, Ross Hyland. As a leading voice in New Zealand agriculture, Sarah Perriam has worked for over a decade behind & in front of the camera in rural media, recognised for her extraordinary commitment to progressing the conversation of how we farm food and fashion with an open heart & open mind. “Voices like Sarah’s - strong and passionate - are crucial for farmers to say informed on the issues,” New Zealand’s Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor. Sarah has led an impressive career well-known from her nation-wide role as a radio host on ‘Rural Exchange’ and a rural commentator on TV3’s ‘AM Show’. “Sarah is a fantastic advocate for rural NZ. This girl cares and is not afraid to confront the tough issues,” Newshub Journalist, Mary-Jane Tomasi. Sarah is both a host of the popular show 'Sarah's Country' and businesswomen with her production agency, Perriam Media with a team of 7 and a video & radio studio in Canterbury New Zealand. Perriam Media produces Sarah’s Country, with its team based at Tai Tapu in Canterbury, and in the UK, as well as producing visual podcast series for their clients to have solution-led marketing through thought-leading communication. ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them’. And I love being in a role where I can facilitate the tough conversations on my show and providing my client’s solutions to be thought-leading,“ explains Sarah. Listen, watch & interact at sarahscountry.com. Produced by Perriam Media Limited. For more information on creating your own multi-media podcast : www.perriammedia.com Corporate partnerships & press releases welcome. Send / request more information sarah@sarahscountry.com

Episodes

July 27, 2021 11 min

Rural mental health can now benefit from a simple, effective Kiwi invention that attracted crowds at Fieldays. Farmers find it hard to get off-farm due to the tie of feeding their working dogs daily, as the Manawatu farmer-turned-inventors knows personally so he set out to do something about it!

I wondered about heading to the coast for a fish for the weekend, with the hope the manager could feed my dogs for me. He mentioned he ha...

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The early findings of a survey show that New Zealand sheep farmers' are feeling they are hamstrung to meet the expectations of ‘transitioning to sustainability’ until the information collected and the wider system they operate in can tell the full picture.

The government’s role is to create an environment where businesses can solve problems. If great businesses and farming is one of New Zealand’s largest businesses, gets out a...

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It turns out, according to new research, that Kiwis - urban and farmers - share similar views on what sustainable farming looks like.

They both share concerns that big retailers, like supermarkets and regulators, are putting pressure on producers and holding back a healthy food system with more and more Kiwis ready to shop with their farmers in mind whether buying direct, at farmers markets or labelled NZ-grown.

"Urban and ru...

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Following Covid Consumers like never before are wanting to stay healthy and are searching for ethically produced foods that have quantified health benefits and New Zealand’s natural product has a huge opportunity to capitalise on this trend.

“The interesting opportunity is how to develop a branded ingredient from New Zealand primary produce that has quantified health benefits. We have a programme that takes the concept right throu...

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Having known Abby France for over a decade as a friend, this episode provides an insight into two 30-something females having an honest yarn about how they see the future of New Zealand's primary sector.

In this fortnight's Sarah's Country Sisters, Abby discusses her work with farmers attitude towards risk in FMG, resilient communities in her work as a Rural Support Trust trustee and community event organiser and her p...

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Deep knowledge of what is happening amongst the vines is now able to be collected in the process of carrying out standard tasks such as mowing, mulching, leaf removal and trimming.

What was a lifestyle move from Auckland to Marlborough for an industrial engineer marks the start of a new era of technological advancement in vineyards with Smart Machine’s, Oxin.

“If you can be solving a fundamental industry problem, your value propo...

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Despite the government's efforts to reduce our reliance on migrant workers, there has always been an issue with the pathway's into the primary industry.

However, Covid also brought about a chance to co-design a solution with Primary ITO taking the lead to facilitate an industry-wide collaborative project to address the gapping labour shortage.

As a Change Maker this week in Sarah's Country, Eve Williams, Project Lead ...

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A great tale of the next generation making change to the orchardists have been price-takers of commodity products for too long.

For information 73 Citrus visit, https://www.73citrus.co.nz/


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NZ farmers’ simplified focus on protein & energy in pastures needs to move to understanding mineral compounds impact on animal health.

For more information on 5th Business Agri visit, https://www.5thbusinessagri.nz/home



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From making an award winning documentary they discovered that the method of councils collecting on freshwater quality is flawed.


For information on Riverwatch visit, https://riverwatch.nz/ to watch the documentary


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Our consumers are concerned about bobby calves, so how do New Zealand dairy farmers work to practically reduce this and economically?  


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Evolving their farming around deer's natural browsing patterns and building shared values for the environment and financial sustainability.

For information www.deernz.org


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How we consume to alleviate the guilt of our individual impact on the planet is now a fixture of daily life for many conscious consumers. Whether it's calling out companies on the use of packaging for its single-use or the source of the product’s ingredients, it's each now etched into our psyche. 

But what about sustainability claims of sourcing 85% organic from overseas and planting native trees to offset carbon, means NZ...

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Chronic disease globally is linked to the gut microbiome, so what if the food New Zealand produces could be sold at a premium if we move towards farming for nutrient density rather than per kilo of a product?

“The microbiome is so important to human, animal and soil health, so let’s reward forward-thinking farmers for producing nutrient-dense food,” explains the Vicker sisters.

Our Sarah’s Country Sister this week are actually si...

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It used to be worth $10/kg to farmers in the 80’s, now farmers are throwing it into gullies to dispose of the waste product. The world’s natural and renewable fibre needs a desperate lifeline, but our guests in this week’s Opinion Maker can see the light on the horizon of consumer change & urge farmers to hold on. 


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What started in a search to make ‘bioplastic’ with a scoby that is used in making Kombucha, AgResearch scientists found it could help kill E. coli. in dairy effluent ponds.

“The scoby decreased the water to a very low pH so then we hypothesised you could potentially use it as an anti-microbal mechanism in effluent,” explains Seth Laurenson, AgResearch

One of this week’s Sarah’s Country’s Change Maker is Seth Laurenson, senior sc...

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There is a gaping hole of farmers coming into the sheep & beef sector but there may be a shining light with the new farmer-led Growing Future Farmers programme launching in Winter 2021.

“You can’t teach farming in the classroom. We provide the training, liaison and pastoral care for our registered farm workplaces to give our young people the start they need, including a 6-week-old pup!” explains Cyn Smith, GM, Growing Future F...

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Selling pasteurized milk direct from the farm to the customer has a lot of regulatory barriers around it but people are demanding it and want to celebrate our local food heroes - our farmers.

A new innovative “milk factory in a box” can allow any farmer to sell safe, pasteurised milk to their local community and cafes with a secure payment system and food regulations ticked.

“10 cows would supply 5-6 cafes with the milk they need...

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California has regulations requiring dairy farmers and other producers to cut methane emissions by 40% by 2030 (New Zealand's CCC recommendation is a 13% reduction).

So what how can we adopt the superfood of seaweed that UC Davis scientists have found cuts methane emission by over 80%, into a NZ farming system?

As our Thought Maker brought to you by Multiscapes at Lincoln University, Prof. Ermias Kebreab, Director, World Foo...

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With less water available in our changing climate, stock water systems are often overlooked so to get farmers off the farm can be as simple as giving them assurance that their water tanks are full and water is being delivered to their livestock.

Waterwatch’s technology of farm tank water monitoring it can all be done via an app on your phone. 

“One of the key things we know talking to farmers is that they spend a lot of time bui...

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