Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay spoke to Wairoa farmer David Read about how forestry is threatening the future of sheep and beef farming.

On with the show:

David Read:

This Wairoa farmer says he has seen a big jump in the price of farmland, as cashed-up purchasers have bought 10,000 ha of pasture land for conversion to forestry. He believes this is being repeated up and down the country and threatens the future of sheep and beef farming and the small rural towns and communities that depend on it.

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Simon Bridges:

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Chris Russell:

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Tony Marshall:

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