The Country

The Country

Jamie Mackay and Rowena Duncum deliver your daily fix of everything going on in NZ's biggest industry, along with a generous side-serve of news, sports and politics. The Country from Newstalk ZB, Hokonui and Gold Sport.

Episodes

November 25, 2022 39 min

Jamie Mackay talks to Damien O'Connor, Todd Charteris, Jane Smith, Winston Peters, Nadia Lim, and Carlos Bagrie.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Paul Everest, Stu Loe, Stu Duncan, Bruce Cameron, Palle Petersen, and Barry Soper.

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Ashburton father and son, Phillip and Paul Everest are the new National Ambassadors for Sustainable Farming and Growing and the recipients of the Gordon Stephenson Trophy. 

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Today’s farmer panel ponders the issues of the day, including Covid and labour disruptions at the meat processing plants and the inaugural Emerson’s Country Open and worldwide premiere of the 2022 Mackaiser at Wedderburn on Dec 9.

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The chairman of Zespri says higher-than-estimated kiwifruit quality issue costs and ongoing challenges have squeezed some of the juice out of global marketer Zespri’s earnings and profit forecasts for this season.

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It’s a good news/bad news (mainly bad news for strong wool) scenario as we take our monthly look at the state of the wool market with the team from PGG Wrightson.

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Our political correspondent questions the Prime Minister’s judgement.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Dr Tom Sheahan, Nadia Lim, Carlos Bagrie, Tom Young, and Chris Russell.

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In today’s feature interview, we catch up with an American academic and scientist who says methane and nitrous oxide are “the irrelevant greenhouse gases” and are not responsible for global warming. Is he a climate change denier or are New Zealand farmers being sold a pup by Jacinda and James?

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We wrap the highly successful first season of Nadia’s Farm, ask if there’ll be a second, and celebrate the launch of a new fragrance (made from sheep dags) with all the proceeds going to the Rural Support Trust.

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The National Livestock manager for Affco talks Fieldays, the challenge of staffing plants and the price prospects for lamb and beef for the coming season.

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Our Australian correspondent comments on a new “green” sailing ship for live export, lamb prices and tapping into the burgeoning Indian wine market.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Winston Peters, Belinda Price, Greg Millar, Peter Nation, and Mike Barham.

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New Zealand’s longest-serving politician has his say on the voting age, whether Three Water is now Five Waters or even Six Waters, carbon tax, and working with David Seymour.

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We catch up with the 2021/22 Dairy Woman of the Year, a Taranaki dairy farmer, as nominations open for the 2023 Awards.

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The National Fundraising Manager for the IHC updates the spring calf sales and it’s your last chance to join us at Tieke for the fundraising golf tournament.

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Seven sleeps to go! We continue the countdown to Fieldays 2022 with the chief executive.

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We talk to a very deflated frontman of the syndicate that was looking to buy Mangaohane Station and prevent it from going from pasture to pines.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Damien O'Connor, Jane Smith, Jim van der Poel, and Hunter McGregor.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Trade debates the voting age, whether HWEN submissions will be ignored just like Three Waters submissions (or is that now Five Waters?) and whether his posing in the pines was an ill-advised photo-op.

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