For the last time this year catch up on the best of the week that was with Jamie Mackay and Rabobank. Rabobank Best of The Country will be back 20th January 2018.

This week's top interviews are:

Steve Maharey:

The former Labour Cabinet Minister and former Vice Chancellor of Massey University tells us why irrigation has suddenly become a dirty word, despite the looming drought.


Doug Avery:

The 'Resilient Farmer' has some sage words of advice for farmers battling the Big Dry.

Blake Holgate:

Rabobank's animal proteins analyst talks about the effect M bovis could have on beef farming and why NZ beef prices are expected to hold firm in the face of expanding global production.

Jacinda Ardern:

The PM ponders the M bovis outbreak, her first 50 days in office, whether the Nats will resurrect and resuscitate Colin Craig, the euthanasia vote and her contrasting relationship with two Australian politicians.

Dr Tim Mackle:

The chief executive of Dairy NZ updates us on the latest on the M Bovis outbreak in Southland and Hawkes Bay, as farmer anger grows over Privacy Act.

Don Carson:

Is a well-known rural commentator who continues his long-held tradition of naming his Ag Person of the Year.

Listen below: