The Government's One Billion Trees programme has stirred debate in the primary sector, with some farmers and rural communities questioning the value of converting sheep and beef land into pine plantations. Continuing yesterday's debate on The Country, host Jamie Mackay talks to sheep, beef and goat farmer and former chairman of the South Otago Farmed Forestry Association David Shaw as well as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O'Connor.

Replacing all our sheep and beef country with trees when we're already one of the most efficient producers of proteins and animal products in the world is kind