Today on The Country we welcome back our host Jamie Mackay who has returned from a break in Queenstown.

On with the show:

Catherine Duthie:

MPI's Incident Controller for M. bovis updates the number of infected properties following the confirmation of the disease being discovered in the Tasman District.


Shane McManaway:

The chief executive of Allflex joins us from drought-ravaged Australia where we discuss the changes at the top of Fonterra here in New Zealand and how you can enter the Zanda McDonald Award for young leaders in agriculture in Australasia.

Simon Bridges:

National's leader responds to criticism that he's an "expensive unit" to run and a "chauvinistic pig", plus he comments on the teachers' strikes saying worse is yet to come from the public service sector.

Chris Russell:

Our Australian correspondent comments on the worst drought in 100 years and whether Australia can break its Bledisloe Cup drought.

Listen below: