Today on The Country we catch up with the new Norwood Ambassador who just happens to be the patriarch of "New Zealand's Rugby Royal Family," Smiley Barrett.

On with the show:

Lisa Murray:

Our Met Service forecaster lets us know what's in store for the weekend.

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Mark Bryan and Andy Thompson:

We head to Ground Zero in Southland to hear from a local vet and a local broadcaster – both of whom have been at the forefront of covering the M. bovis story.

Jason Uden:

We update the big M bovis meeting at Lake Karapiro where more than 800 farmers have gathered to hear the latest from MPI.

Tim Myers and Kevin 'Smiley' Barrett:

The chief executive of Norwood, our naming sponsor, names his new Norwood Ambassador and he has chosen the patriarch and sire of New Zealand's Rugby Royal Family.

Barry Soper:

Our political correspondent ponders the politics of eradicating M. Bovis, whether Trevor Mallard should be eradicated as Speaker of the House.

Listen below: