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.