Today on The Country, Jamie catches up with Rachel McClung for a chat about her report on whether there is a future for vertical farming in New Zealand.
On with the show:
We take our monthly look at the rural real estate market and ask if dairy land prices have really fallen by 30 per cent?
Is the there a future for vertical farming in New Zealand? We ask a Horticulture NZ environmental policy advisor who has researched the issue as a part of her Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.
Sheep and beef farmers achieved another record high lambing percentage this spring, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand's (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2018 report. The average ewe lambing percentage for 2018 was 129.0 per cent, up 1.7 percentage points on last year and up nearly 8 percentage points on the average for the previous 10 years.
Our Australian correspondent talks about a $1/kg lift in wool prices and we discuss political correctness gone mad with a 100,000-strong Swiss petition asking for cattle to keep their horns and their dignity.
Dairy NZ's GM Farm Performance updates this week's Pasture Summits in Hamilton and Ashburton, the latest M. bovis stats and we ask if we're at 'peak cow' numbers?