Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay spoke to Tararua farmer Rebecca Mahoney, the first woman to referee a Ranfurly Shield challenge.

On with the show:

Todd Muller:

We talk to National's new "voice" for agriculture and primary industries, following Nathan Guy's surprise decision yesterday to step aside from politics.


Rebecca Mahoney:

Is a Tararua farmer and former Black Fern who added another string to her impressive sporting bow when she recently became the first woman to referee a Ranfurly Shield challenge. As we discover she is a woman of many talents - on both the farm and footy paddocks.

Chris Brandolino:

NIWA's principal weather scientist says winter's here and it's set to hang around for the weekend, with a real sting in its tail.

Nathan Penny:

ASB's rural economist says that although primary sector returns are currently very positive, he witnessed a lot of uncertainty in rural New Zealand on his recent road show around the provinces.

Jane Smith:

Is a former winner of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and an outspoken North Otago farmer and commentator who's had to take on new name for fear of misquoted in the media.


Listen below: