The Country

The Country

Jamie Mackay, Rowena Duncum and Tessa Prentice 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 and Hokonui.

Episodes

October 15, 2021 38 min
Interviews are with Peter Hynes, Jacinda Ardern, Tom Martin, Emma Higgins, Marc Gascoigne and Dan Henry.
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He's a nurseryman, conservationist, farmer and mortgage broker. He's also a finalist in the 2021 Zanda McDonald Award.
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October 14, 2021 38 min
Interviews are with Chris Brandolino, Adam Thompson, Barbara Kuriger, Barry Soper and Bruce Weir.
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The Country Sport Breakfast: Fonterra's AMENA CEO, Kevin Wickham tells BK how the co-op's Strategy for 2030 is relevant to the region.
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PGG Wrightson's National Dairy Sales Manager comments on strong demand for in-milk cows and the start of the weaner dairy beef sale season.
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It's Ag Mental Health Week so today we're yarning to a Waikato dairy farmer and Farmstrong Ambassador who shares his mental health journey and says "before you can look after your family, your farm and your animals, you've got to look after yourself.
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October 13, 2021 38 min
Interviews are with Dan Henry, Marc Gascoigne, Chris Russell and Jamie Cunninghame.
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The Country Sport Breakfast: DairyNZ’s strategy and investment leader – responsible dairy, Dr David Burger tells BK that new winter grazing rules need to be workable on-farm.
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Rabobank's senior dairy analyst explains why her bank is dragging the chain with its $7-80 milk price forecast - now trailing the front runner by 70c per kgMS.
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October 12, 2021 37 min
Interviews today with Jacinda Ardern, Blair Drysdale, Tom Martin, Emma Higgins and Ray Smith.
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Is Saturday's vaxathon nifty or naff? Or just a good John Key idea? We also look at why rural New Zealand is lagging behind in the vaccination stakes, why there's continuing disquiet over Three Waters and what can we do about a problem like Bishop Brian.
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October 11, 2021 8 min
One of New Zealand's leading business entrepreneurs on #151 Off The Bench - his business travel trial that uses private MIQ. He will take a quick visit to the US in November, just time for a meeting about golf with Fox Sport in LA and another with Major League Baseball in San Francisco.
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October 11, 2021 36 min
Interviews are with Sir Ian Taylor, Pita Alexander, Blair McLean, Mikela Dennison and Dr Jacqueline Rowarth.
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One of New Zealand's leading farming academics doubles down on regenerative agriculture saying the world is suffering from (to quote Lewis Carroll) the Snark Syndrome aka the Illusory Truth Effect.
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October 11, 2021 6 min
Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. This week (Oct 10-16) is Ag Mental Health Week. Today we head to Cork, Ireland, to catch up with the Irish dairy farmer who founded it in 2020 after realising the UK and Ireland lost more farmers to suicide than farm accidents.
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October 10, 2021 37 min
Interviews are with Winston Peters, Grant McCallum, Steve Wynn-Harris, Peter Hynes and Phil Duncan.
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It's hard to say who's more outraged about the Covid lockdown in Northland. The Country's host or arguably Northland's most infamous and long-standing citizen.
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The North Otago farmer is also an award-winning environmentalist. She's outraged (alongside The Country's host) about a children's book - Wildlife of Aotearoa - that she reckons throws farmers and farming under the bus. Plus, she says farmer industry groups need to be courageous, not subservient.
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Interviews are with David Seymour, Jane Smith, Sam Cane, Miles Hurrell, Helen Beattie and Judith Collins.
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We catch up with the first of four Kiwi finalists in the Zanda McDonald Award, recognising excellence in our young leaders in the primary sector in Australasia. Today it's the turn of a Southland-based National Extension Programme Manager for Beef + Lamb NZ.
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