It's the Best of The Country with Jamie Mackay and Rabobank.

This week's top interviews were:

Winston Peters:

The Deputy PM ponders Fieldays, M. bovis, an FTA with the EU and he denies he's always coveted the top job.


John Wilson:

Fonterra's chairman has a good news / bad news story for farmer shareholders. The forecast farmgate milk price is up to $6-75 for the current season ($7 for the 2018/19 season) but the forecast dividend range for the year is down to a paltry 15-20 cents per share.

Blake Holgate:

Rabobank's animal proteins analyst previews the bank's latest Beef Quarterly Report due out tomorrow, how the beef industry is being affected by M. bovis and why lamb is set to enjoy another season in the sun.

Mike and Ryley Short:

We talk to Fielding couple who found love at Fieldays as the countdown to the 50th National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek on June 13-16 continues.

Simon Bridges:

We ask National's new leader about National Lamb Day, whether he called Jacinda a "stupid little girl" and whether the country is learning to like him.

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.

Listen below: