Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay spoke to Fonterra chairman John Monaghan about the appointment of Miles Hurrell as the co-op's new CEO.

On with the show:

John Monaghan:

The chairman of Fonterra joins us at short note to confirm farming's worst-kept secret - the permanent appointment of Miles Hurrell to top job. Plus we look at the dairy co-op being put on notice over its credit rating and what family silverware is going on the block.


Damien O'Connor:

The Minister of Agriculture vigorously debates the issues of the day and denies his government is "a bunch of socialists running amok with no business nous. We also debate CGT and update the M. bovis status after three infected properties have been discovered through bulk milk testing.

Sir Brian Lochore:

A farming and footy legend reluctantly and modestly discusses the inaugural Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background Award that will be presented at the Norwood Rural Sports Awards in Palmerston North this Friday night. We also discuss why rugby to so important to rural communities.

Dr Jacqueline Rowarth:

A Waikato-based farming academic says things are getting really dry down on the farm and we discuss the threat the Zero Carbon Bill poses to farming.

Chelsea Millar and Chanelle O'Sullivan:

Today's panel features two smart and tech-savvy women in agriculture who discuss the launch of the AgWomen Global project and dipping their toes into the world of video blogging ahead of next month's Grow 2019 Farming Conference in Christchurch.


Listen below: