Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay and Sam "Lashes" Casey catch up with Rowena Duncum who is getting ready for the Melbourne Cup.

On with the show:

Dr Alix Barclay:

MPI's Intelligence Manager for the M.bovis response updates the encouraging progress in the battle against the cattle disease as the bulk milk testing program nears its final stage.

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Peter Cullinane:

The marketing guru behind Lewis Road Creamery has formed a joint venture with Southern Pastures and Westland Milk Products to market high-end New Zealand butter into the USA with Houston and Los Angeles being the first ports of call.

Nathan Penny:

ASB's Rural Economist is predicting no change in tonight's GDT auction plus we also cast our eye over the OCR, the exchange rate and the good prospects for red meat prices.

Rowena Duncum and Humphrey O'Leary:

We head to Melbourne for the race that stops two nations to chat to our producer and one of the owners of Kiwi battler.

Listen below: