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  • In this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

    Our Land and Water has released a white paper on regenerative agriculture. Landcare Research Senior Scientist, Dr Gwen Grelet, and Quorum Sense’s Manager, Sam Lang, explains.

    What’s driving the ever-increasing dairy prices, and how sustainable are these prices? Rabobank Dairy Analyst, Emma Higgins, explains.

    As the high shifts out to our east and a low in the Tasman Sea may rapidly form and even reach storm status, RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan gives us a thorough weather report for the week ahead.

    With the shutdown of restaurants around the world, New Zealand’s meat processing companies have had to pivot into selling into retail. Michael Wan, Global Manager for Beef + Lamb New Zealand discusses.

    To watch to the full-length show and to contact the show, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Michael Wan from Beef + Lamb New Zealand discusses now NZ meat processing companies have had to pivot into selling to retail.

    Changing eating patterns as global consumers respond to the covid-19 pandemic is forcing meat exporters to shift their focus to retail markets, which will require more stock supplied out of season.

    The global retail sector is growing rapidly for meat exporters as consumers, forced due to the pandemic lockdown, are cooking for themselves at the expense of foodservice.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/beef/view/meat-markets-evolve

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Phil Duncan from RuralWeather discusses how rainfall is looking for the rest of February and the main weather features going into March.

    There is a small but potent low coming out of the Tasman Sea area on Tuesday/Wednesday which will bring a burst of wind and rain into southern and western NZ.

    This will be followed by a cooler change in the lower South Island. Elsewhere, it’s looking drier than average for the rest of the month of February.

    To keep up to date, visit RuralWeather: www.ruralweather.co.nz

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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    Sarah’s Country is produced in a strategic alliance with Farmers Weekly - New Zealand’s most trusted source of agri-journalism - www.farmersweekly.co.nz

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Emma Higgins from Rabobank discusses what’s driving the ever-increasing dairy prices and how sustainable these prices are.

    Sustained increases in Global Dairy Trade (GDT) prices have pushed the New Zealand farm gate milk price for this season into the mid-$7/kg territory, where it might deliver the second-highest Fonterra payout in 20 years.

    The GDT index of 1170 and an average price of US$3746/tonne rose 3% in the latest auction, the 10th rise in 12 auctions over the past six months. During that time, the dairy market has lifted by 28% and it is now 20% higher than a year ago.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/dairy/view/gdt-pushes-prospect-of-higher-milk-prices

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Dr Gwen Grelet from Landcare Research and Sam Lang from Quorum Sense explain the key points from the whitepaper released today on regenerative agriculture.

    Emerging from research from 200+ representatives of New Zealand's major agricultural sectors, Our Land and Water’s white paper highlights the 11 principles of regenerative farming practices that mainstream practices have overlap and compatibility with.

    When we are in strong agreement with our most acute challenges, where is the science research priorities?

    To read more on this subject, visit https://ourlandandwater.nz/news/regen-ag-white-paper_feb-2021/

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  • In this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

    Award-winning dairy farmer Fraser McGougan shares his intentions as newly appointed Chair of the DairyNZ Climate Change Ambassadors.

    How can we help speed up the process of hiring seasonal workers? PICMI’s founder Genevieve Griffin-George discusses the ground-breaking app that has reduced hiring time by 70%.

    Leading the way in the avocado industry with their approach to regeneration, sustainability and utilising all waste to energy. Olivado’s Chief Executive Gary Hannam explains their process.

    How can we grow our crops to withstand climate change? Margot Forde Germplasm Centre’s Director, Kioumars Ghamkhar, shares some of this country's most valued intellectual property.

    To watch to the full-length show and to contact the show, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Dr Kioumars Ghamkhar from Margot Forde Germplasm Centre discusses how we can grow our crops to withstand climate change.

    This month’s Climate Change Commission recommendations include farmers facing the prospect of reducing stocking rates to meet carbon reduction obligations. But the head of the nation’s largest seed bank is urging a closer look at what it has on hand that may offer benefits in lower methane emissions.

    Kioumars says the MFGC is by far the largest repository in the world for forage seed germplasm, containing over 2,200 species, including 2,500 wild variations of white clover alone.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/arable/view/seed-gold-needs-mining

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  • As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Gary Hannam from Olivado explains how they are leading the way in the avocado industry with their approach to regeneration, sustainability and utilising all waste to energy.

    As the world’s largest producer of extra virgin avocado oil, Olivado pride themselves on their quality, sustainability practices and commitment to their workers.

    Olivado work hard to leave communities and environment in a better state than when they started. They are carbon neutral and have made a commitment to be carbon positive by 2022.

    To find out more about Olivado, visit their website: www.olivado.com

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Genevieve Griffin-George from PICMI discusses the ground-breaking app that has reduced hiring time by 70%.

    As the seasonal push to harvest horticultural crops draws closer, so does the additional pressure on growers to try and source seasonal staff. But an app developed by Genevieve makes the arduous paperwork task a lot simpler and helps employers find the staff they need.

    When Genevieve was unexpectedly called back to her parent’s Tasman orchard from France after her father suffered a major tractor accident, she found herself immersed in trying to keep the family’s SunGold kiwifruit orchard running.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/horticulture/view/app-takes-stress-out-of-seasonal-staffing

    To visit PICMI’s website, visit www.picmi.io

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  • As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Fraser McGougan from DairyNZ Climate Change Ambassadors looks forward to leading the ambassadors to engage with farmers, communities and decision-makers, and to provide a farmer voice at national level.

    Climate Change Ambassadors are leaders for climate change action on dairy farms. They help communicate the challenges and opportunities dairy farmers face in playing their part to address climate change, alongside the rest of New Zealand.

    For more information on DairyNZ Climate Change Ambassadors, go to www.dairynz.co.nz/CCA

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • In this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

    What more can we be doing to normalise on-farm safety to avoid life-changing incidents?

    We hear first-hand experiences with on-farm incidents, and the changes being made to protect themselves and their loved ones.

    Following her recent Farmers Weekly Pulpit commentary, Federated Farmers Vice President, Karen Williams, shares her experiences. Align Farms Chief Executive, Rhys Roberts, and Stock Manager at Glen Eden Farm, Daniel Hansen, join us too.

    Onside Chief Executive, Ryan Higgs, brings a valuable solution to simplifying compliance with health and safety.

    To watch to the full-length show and to contact the show, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Ryan Higgs from Onside Technology discusses a valuable solution to simplifying compliance with health and safety.

    Onside has developed a rural check-in tool that creates a connected, savvy and safe rural network, providing everything you need to log health and safety risks, rules and emergency routines, keeping your crew and site visitors in the know.

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “Opinion Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Daniel Hansen from Glen Eden Farms explains how he is so grateful he had his helmet and seatbelt on after a close call with an on-farm accident.

    Rhys Roberts from Align Farms also had a close call when a worker was caught inside a silage grab and was lucky to survive. He shares his observations about the interesting changes he made on-farm.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/topic/opinion/view/from-the-ridge-on-farm-safety-a-matter-of-life-death

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  • As part of this week’s “Opinion Maker” show, Karen Williams of Federated Farmers shares her experience of receiving the dreaded phone call after one of her children was involved in an on-farm accident.

    There have been a number of fatalities on New Zealand farms again this summer. Every one of these tragic deaths will be someone who is loved dearly, a good guy/girl who went out on-farm and didn’t come home. The pain for those left behind is horrific and enduring.

    Many of us know of someone in our communities who has been killed or suffered a life-changing injury on-farm. Every death leaves a gaping hole. Partners widowed, children losing a parent, a mother and father whose child dies before them, friends and colleagues gone forever. Every death resonates through a rural community and beyond.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/topic/opinion/view/pulpit-on-farm-safety-is-a-choice

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  • In this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

    Why should FEPs be viewed as more than just a piece of paper that farmers need to deliver? Beef + Lamb NZ’s leader in farm planning Ron Pellow explains.

    New Zealand Merino (NZM) launches their first 100% regenerative wool platform. NZM’s General Manager for Sustainability and Markets Dave Maslen joins us.

    Rural Weather’s Phil Duncan has the latest weather forecast.

    A plant-based factory is expected to bring farmer opportunities. New Zealand Functional Foods Chair, Roger Carruthers, explains the oat milk process from seed to supermarket.

    To watch to the full-length show and to contact the show, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Roger Carruthers from New Zealand Functional Foods explains the oat milk process from seed to supermarket.

    Key players in the oat industry want to capitalise on increasing demand, with the country's first plant-based milk factory on the horizon.

    Once it had secured enough investment, construction of a new high-tech oat milk extraction plant in Invercargill will get underway, providing new opportunities for farmers.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/arable/view/plant-based-factory-to-bring-farmer-opportunities

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Phil Duncan from Rural Weather provides the latest weather forecast.

    As Northland is gripped by meteorological drought or extreme dry conditions, the Rural Support Trust will meet this week to review where predicted rain has fallen and reassess needs, then again in a fortnight to determine if further support is required in rural communities.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/rural-support-available-for-dry-north

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Dave Maslen from New Zealand Merino discusses the launch of their first 100% regenerative wool platform.

    Working collectively with 167 sheep growers, they will create the world’s first regenerative wool platform that represents 2.4 million acres (more than one million hectares) in New Zealand.

    They are doing their part to tackle the impact of the global fashion industry, which is responsible for 10% of annual greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

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  • As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Ron Pellow from Beef + Lamb NZ discusses why farm environment plans (FEPs) should be viewed as more than just a piece of paper that farmers need to deliver.

    The need for (FEPs) is generally accepted by the rural community but uncertainty over their implementation is fuelling unease.

    A panel discussion at the end of a one-day Farmed Landscapes Research Centre webinar in Palmerston North last week looked at building New Zealand’s capability to achieve FEPs, and whether there is value in a coordinated national approach to them.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/fep-uncertainty-lingers

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  • In this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country:

    New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) representative, Alex Gowen, discusses opportunities for NZ in Ireland’s dairy industry.

    New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme offers benefits for sheep and beef farmers. Alan McDermott has more on the topic.

    Young inventor Logan Williams shares how he’s adding value to coarse wool with corn starch.

    Bales4Blair, a fundraiser for the Southland Charity Hospital, event organiser Amy Blaikie joins us.

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