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:
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.
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.
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.