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. In alliance with Farmers Weekly, Sarah has created a movement with New Zealand’s most forward-thinking agribusiness show, LIVE Monday - Wednesday from 7 pm NZDT & on listened by tends of thousands on podcast globally. “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. Sarah’s Country is produced in a strategic alliance with the country’s largest rural media, Farmers Weekly the guests and stories sourced from the experienced newsroom of agri-journalists, weather and market analysts. 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... Show More

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March 8, 2021 57 min

In this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

-  BNZ’s Head of Natural Capital Dana Muir discusses New Zealand’s first farm sustainability-linked loan and explains why capital incentives can deliver financial and environmental benefits.

-  How can we continue to reduce on-farm accidents? WorkSafe’s Engagement Lead Al McCone explains the new regulations.

-  RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan shares his insights on the latest long-...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Sam McIvor from Beef + Lamb NZ discusses the Ministry for the Environment’s report on the extent of carbon sequestration.

A dispute over the volume of carbon sequestered on sheep and beef farms could result in new methodology adopted that more accurately reflects what is happening on farms.

Beef + Lamb NZ environment policy manager Dylan Muggeridge says a differ...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Phil Duncan from RuralWeather discusses this week’s weather forecast.

Two southerly injections this week will make it feel more like Autumn is here. The first is blowing up the country today, the second comes in around Wednesday/Thursday.

Neither are major cold events but just a reminder that the hottest part of summer is now behind us.

High pressure rolls in this week...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Al McCone from WorkSafe explains how the new regulations for health and safety on-farm are working and shares his thoughts on what will bring immediate and long-term reduction in harm.

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Dana Muir from BNZ discusses New Zealand’s first farm sustainability-linked loan and explains why capital incentives can deliver financial and environmental benefits.

In a New Zealand first, ethical dairy investor Southern Pastures has entered into a three-year $50 million sustainability-linked farm loan with BNZ and its syndicate.

Southern Pastures, owner of Lewis Road...

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As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Erica Callaghan from Growers Leading Change discusses setting up the first arable growth groups.

She says decisions about the first set of arable growth groups (AGG) funding will be made shortly and at this stage, some of the potential groups can accommodate a few more growers.

Growers in Northland and Manawatu are top of the list and growers around the country with a...

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March 3, 2021 50 min

In this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

Lasers in vineyards? Viticultura owner Timbo Deaker shares his nifty idea to keep the pesky birds away.

A rare investment opportunity has seen dairy farmer Charlie Adair expand from milking cows to goats.

New Zealand’s rural broadband market is likely to ramp up. Connected Farms Chief Executive, Tom Andrews, explains how his technology works.

Industry growers are about to g...

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As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Tom Andrews from Connected Farms explains how their new broadband technology works.

Competitiveness in New Zealand’s rural broadband market is likely to ramp up in coming months, with the arrival of new providers and expanded satellite capacity in the country.

Kacific, Connected Farms and Elon Musk’s Starlink network are building their rural customer base within NZ, e...

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As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, dairy farmer Charlie Adair discusses how he has expanded from dairy cows into the dairy goat industry.

Charlie and wife, Emma, are seeking investments of $5 million or more from high-net-worth and experienced investors for one of New Zealand’s largest dairy goat enterprises based out of Whangarei, Northland.

The Adairs were announced 2020 Northland Share Farmers of th...

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As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Timbo Deaker from Viticultura shares his nifty idea to keep the pesky birds away from vineyards.

One of the major time-consuming tasks on vineyards is protecting vines as grapes ripen from birds, usually for about eight weeks prior to harvest.

Like most of the primary sector, the viticulture industry has had to grapple with labour shortages and rising costs in the pas...

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March 2, 2021 60 min

In this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

In 2014, the Government estimated the primary sector would need to employ another 50,000 people by 2030. With the labour shortages we are currently experiencing, how broken is the education system that we still haven’t attracted and retained the skills we need?

Featuring Federated Farmers skills and training spokesperson William Beetham and Dairy Training manager Cath Blake.

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As part of this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, the panel consists of Alister Shennan from WOMOlife who explains the objectives of the wool harvesting course and what a ‘life in wool’ can look like, and Phil Holden from New Zealand Shearing Contractors’ Association, who is a huge supporter of Agricademy and highlights the importance of getting people involved to develop a skilled workforce.

A group of respected ind...

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As part of this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Cath Blake from Dairy Training Limited discusses how the dairy industry had been pushing for a new model of training involving pathways and “credentialisation” that includes both formal and informal training engagement.

She says once everything comes together under RoVE, the food and fibre sector will be the better for it, with the goal being a wider and more accessib...

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As part of this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, William Beetham from Federated Farmers discusses how we need to become better workplaces to retain our employees just as much as collaborate on the existing training.

There’s a lot happening at present in the vocational educational sector as a result of the Government’s Review of Vocational Educational (RoVE), which includes the establishment of industry-based centres...

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March 1, 2021 59 min

In this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

New Zealand Story’s Director, Rebecca Smith, explains how consumer habits have changed during the pandemic.

How can New Zealand eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis? Independent Chair of the M bovis programme, Kelvan Smith, explains.

RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan has the weekly update with detailed weather forecast.

Ministry for Primary Industries’ principal scientist and Ray Brougham Tro...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Dr Gerald Rys from Ministry for Primary Industries shares his journey of 45 years in the public service after winning the Ray Brougham Trophy.

Gerald Rys says he was surprised but happy the Grasslands Association presented the trophy to a core public servant who has taken a different path to many scientists, having spent 45 years in the public service, including 35 years...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Phil Duncan from RuralWeather has the weekly update with detailed weather forecast.

He says NZ isn’t really under high pressure or low pressure for the days ahead, but will experience cloud cover and a few isolated showers in both islands.

The tropics are also firing up as we head into March, while high pressure continues to dominate the south of Australia and drift tow...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Kelvan Smith from the M bovis programme explains how New Zealand can eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis.

An independent review of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme is aimed at identifying lessons that can be learned from New Zealand’s largest biosecurity response.

Driven by the programme partners, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), DairyNZ, and Beef + Lamb ...

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As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Rebecca Smith from New Zealand Story explains why getting the tone of messaging from covid-free NZ to the rest of the world was vital, and should not be seen as arrogant.

Consumers in New Zealand’s main markets have slowed down, got closer to nature, become more resilient and finally realised NZ and Australia are indeed two different countries.

Results from the latest N...

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February 24, 2021 59 min

In this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

A game-changing ‘smart’ pivot developed by Feilding-based software engineers will be able to monitor crop health. Zimmatic’s Technology Strategy Advisor, Stu Bradbury, explains.

Honest Wolf’s Sophie Hurley shares Papanui Station’s journey from handpiece to handbag.

A sustainable beef patty trial has been a success. New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Chair, Grant B...

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