Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay caught up with DairyNZ and Fonterra to find out what's happening with the GDT, DIRA and a proposed M. bovis levy.

On with the show:

Winston Peters:

The Deputy PM and NZ First leader defends the government's stance on oil and gas exploration in Taranaki, a potential capital gains tax and trade relations with China plus he says Judith Collins is shamelessly coveting the National Party leadership.


John Monaghan:

Fonterra's chairman comments on last night's GDT auction result (+0.9 per cent), how the big dry could affect this season's milk volumes and payout, plus he says DIRA needs restructuring.

Chris Brandolino:

NIWA's Principal Scientist Forecasting says some serious rain could be coming our way from the Southern Ocean in the next 4-5 days.

Dr. Doug Edmeades:

Is a Hamilton-based soil scientist who says he's trying to teach a new generation of farmers that clover-based pastures are the cheapest and most environmentally sustainable feed for ruminants.

Jim van der Poel:

The Chairman of Dairy NZ is encouraging all farmers to offer their feedback about the proposed M.bovis levy.

Listen below: