We're back! It's the first show for 2018 and Jamie is joined in the studio by The Country's new Executive Producer Rowena Duncum and Social Media Guru Sam Casey. No one knows what their new job titles mean but it'll be fine! Happy New Year everyone!
On with the show:
MPI's Incident Controller for the M Bovis response updates the outbreak which has now spread to 17 farms – nine in South Canterbury, five in Southland, two in Mid Canterbury and one in Hawkes Bay.
The Minister for Agriculture comments on the two big stories of the summer break – the Big Dry and M Bovis.
Monday's resident weather expert talks about the Big Dry, the southern heatwave and whether rain is coming for the drought areas.
Jills Angus Burney:
Is a former world women's lamb shearing record holder who's also trained as a journalist and is now a lawyer. Today we find her at Otapawa Station, near Eketahuna covering Kerri Jo Te Huia's attempt at the world women's nine-hour ewe shearing record.
Steve Wyn-Harris and Grant McCallum:
Today's panel features a Central Hawkes Bay sheep farmer and a Northland cow cocky, one of whom hasn't had break from the farm while the other spent his summer break in New York!