Catch up on the top interviews of the week with The Best of The Country.

Jamie Mackay's favourite interviews this week were:

Damien O'Connor:

The Minister of Agriculture comments on his recent trade trip to Europe, new animal welfare regulations, M. bovis and 25 years of Winston and NZ First.


Rob Hewett:

The Chairman of Silver Fern Farms announces the winners of the 'Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships' plus he looks at the prospects for lamb (and the Stags).

Listen below:

Nicole Oliver:

Is a Lincoln University PhD student and a member of the newly-announced Wool Working Group. The working group, made up of 20 wool producers, processors and other industry representatives met last week in Christchurch to continue the momentum of July's Wool Industry Summit.

Emma Higgins:

We ask Rabobank's dairy analyst how low the GDT can go and she replies that the 1.9% fall is not all bad news. Plus we look at the bank's latest Dairy Quarterly Report.

Ross Hyland:

We catch up with the author of Our Land Our People - In search of farming excellence which tells the stories of leading 24 farming families, the length and breadth of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern:


The PM denies she was fiddling in New York while Rome burned at home plus she's pleased to play second-fiddle to her Finance Minister Grant Robertson in the eyes of big business.