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Dr Roger Young, Group Manager (Freshwater), Cawthron Institute
Dr Roger Young, a scientist at the Cawthron Institute, speaks with Roger Bourne about a paper he co-authored, that proposes a new approach based on medical practices (of diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and prevention) to create more effective pathways to water ecosystems management.
James Parsons, Chair, Beef + Lamb NZ
The sheep and beef sector is a significant contributor to our economy. In 2016 it added around $7 billion dollars to New Zealand's GDP. Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, James Parsons, joins Roger Bourne to discuss water, trade and consumer trends from the red meat sector’s perspective.
Mark Heer, Chairman, Advisory Board, Mt Albert Grammar School Farm
Located in central suburban Auckland, Mt Albert Grammar School has spent the past eighty years teaching agriculture and horticulture to students on an 8 hectare model farm owned by ASB. Recently the bank and the school have recommitted to another eighty years of partnership, and with help from a team of agrifood sector backers, they’re making plans to modernise the farm, create a “centre of excellence”, and introduce more students than ever to careers in the agrifood sector. Chairman of the Advisory Board, Mark Heer, speaks with Roger Bourne about the farm and its future
Emma Higgins, Dairy Analyst, Rabobank NZ
Rabobank has published a paper looking at New Zealand’s dairying landscape from now to 2022. The report’s author is dairy analyst Emma Higgins, who speaks with Roger Bourne about surviving and thriving over the next 5 years (and beyond) for both producers and processors.
Nick Pyke, CEO, FAR
The Foundation for Arable Research is encouraging growers to vote in this year’s levy referendum. It is an opportunity to have a say about the industry-good activity that FAR carries out on their behalf. FAR’s chief executive Nick Pyke speaks with Roger Bourne about the work that is adding value to the business of cropping in New Zealand.
Dr. Tim Mackle, CEO, DairyNZ
The picture for the New Zealand dairy industry appears to a little brighter in 2017 compared with the previous two years, with reported payout forecasts and farmer confidence rising. CEO of DairyNZ, Dr Tim Mackle joins Roger Bourne to talk about the progress being made and the challenges still to address.
Dave Courtney, General Manager Grower and External Relations, Zespri
Roger Bourne speaks with Zespri’s General Manager of Grower and External Relations, Dave Courtney, about what is driving the growth of our kiwifruit industry, that is projected to contribute $6.1 billion to New Zealand’s GDP by 2030.
Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, Plant & Food Research
Produce from the New Zealand horticulture industry is now worth $8.7 billion dollars a year, and of that, $5 billion dollars is export income – it’s a new record high. Chief operating officer at Plant & Food Research, Dr Bruce Campbell, joins Roger Bourne to talk about what’s behind this growth - and what may be to come.
Marc Soccio, Rabobank Senior Analyst
The New Zealand wine story continues to be one of expansion and international success but it is operating in an increasingly complicated market. This is reflected in the Q2 Wine Quarterly report published by Rabobank in mid April 2017. One of the authors of this report, Rabobank senior analyst Marc Soccio, joins Roger Bourne to discuss current global wine production and consumption trends.
Derek Fairweather, Chief Executive, Dairy Solutionz (NZ) Ltd
The impacts of global climate change, the subsequent negative impacts of heat stress and low commodity prices are becoming more pressing issues for the world’s tropical dairy cows and their farmers. Since 2006, New Zealand company Dairy Solutionz has been developing heat tolerant breeds for tropical pastoral farming systems. Roger Bourne speaks with chief executive of Dairy Solutionz, Derek Fairweather, about progress of the breeding programme that’s designed to produce a heat tolerant Bos Taurus dairy cow.
Hayley Moynihan, New Zealand General Manager, Country Banking, Rabobank
Roger Bourne speaks with Hayley Moynihan, New Zealand General Manager of Country Banking for Rabobank, following the release of the October Agribusiness Monthly. The issues include the success stories of 2016, in what has been a year of mixed results, including the supply-led rally of dairy prices and whether New Zealand might have reached “peak dairying”.
Dr Jo Scott Jones, Chair, Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand
Dr Jo Scott Jones, chair of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, continues the conversation with Roger Bourne about the challenges that rural health services are facing and the technologies and programmes that are enabling new approaches to rural healthcare.
Dr William Rolleston, National President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
National President of Federated Farmers, Dr William Rolleston, speaks with Roger Bourne about the conversations that need to be undertaken now in New Zealand around the uptake of scientific and technological advances that will drive improved productivity of farming in this country, while reducing the adverse environmental impacts of primary sector activity.
Mike Petersen, New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement caused fierce debate between many groups around the country. One of the key people at the centre of this Agreement, and ongoing trade talks around the world, is Mike Petersen, who speaks with Roger Bourne about his experiences in trade deals for New Zealand.
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Racing, MP for Otaki
Roger Bourne speaks with the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy, about the weather and its impact on the farming sector, the price of milk, the recently announced premium seafood label, Tiaki, Primary Growth Partnerships and ongoing biosecurity initiatives for New Zealand's borders.
Dr Alison Dewes, Veterinarian, Agribusiness Consultant, Tipu Whenua
Dr Alison Dewes is a 4th generation dairy farmer, 2nd generation veterinarian, and agribusiness consultant. Alison speaks with Roger Bourne about protecting the ecological health of the land and water that supports our food production systems, while ensuring the businesses that run them remain both profitable and resilient.