General manager for the New Zealand Game Animal Council Tim Gale speaks to me about the days when his dad used to supply deer farms with wild caught hinds.
He gives me tips on training a dog to hunt deer.
We lament that we don't get out enough.
He tells me about his horse wrangling and hunting guide days overseas.
We discuss working with people with opposing views and diplomacy.
We discuss the challenges the council face and the challenges deer, tahr and chamois face.
In this episode I speak to Fish and Game field officer Cohen Stewart about research done in Southland in New Zealand about how native eel thrive in hunter created duck ponds.
Cohen talks about how the study came about, the methods they used, and their findings.
He also talks about his passion for hunting deer over his German Short Haired Pointer, how he joined Fish and Game, and how he began fishing.
All music by Jacques van Wyk
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Andrea Mattioli quickly became a legend under fly fisherman in Auckland when he began working at a local shop Rod and Reel.
When the shop closed everyone missed his no nonsense approach, humour and willingness to talk fishing for hours.
In this podcast he tells me about growing up in Italy and fishing in the traditional 'al tocco' style since he was a kid.
He tells me how in the region where he grew up the biggest decision a kid makes is picking between soccer or motorbike racing, he chose racing.
We talk about catching marble trout in Italy.
He tells my about the connection he feels with fish when he catches them on dry fly.
We talk about fishing for Instagram.
And how he now fishes while carrying his 11 month old son on his back.
All music by Jacques van Wyk
I speak to editor and founder of Project Upland magazine A.J. DeRosa about bird hunting in the USA, his dogs, how he started the magazine despite being told it won't work and how punks can also hunt.
He talks about hunters getting involved in politics, how to use climate change to get funding to secure more bird habitat, how denying climate change is not helping, how being a hunter does not automatically make you a conservationist.
He gives me tips about buying my first bird dog, he talks about working for the police and about electronic dance music, his favourite shotguns and more
Have a look at https://projectupland.com
All music for the podcast by Jacques van Wyk.
In this episode I speak to Pelham Jones, president of the Private Rhino Owners Organisation about what it takes to conserve rhinoceros in South Africa, the sale of almost 2000 rhinoceros by John Hume, the human and animal toll rhino poaching takes, why South Africa is not allowed to legally sell rhino horn, how the sale of rhino horn is similar to trading deer antler in the way New Zealand does, we talk about sustainable utilisation, why CITES opposes trade, the Asian black market for rhino horn and more.
We also talk about how to see when rhino are stressed, litigations against the South African government, how rhino populations in South Africa grow by over 7% per year despite natural losses and poaching, all thanks to private owners, how private rhino owners own more than 60% of rhino in the world and carry a massive conservation burden.
All music by Jacques van Wyk.
Homesteading in New Zealand is growing, especially after recent floods and the Covid pandemic.
I speak to Michael Andrew, editor of Lifestyle Block magazine about homesteading in New Zealand.
We ask are preppers crazy? (No they're not!) We talk self sufficiency, hunting, fishing, bartering, permaculture and how he is building his own homestead in Raglan, New Zealand.
Note; the interview was done late last year, so when he refers to next year he means 2024.
All music by Jacques van Wyk
The De Winton’s golden mole was last seen in 1937 and was declared lost to science.
But a team of researchers recently used environmental DNA to find it again and also managed to get hold of one of the moles and take DNA sample swabs.
I speak to Dr. Samantha Mynhardt, a Conservation Genetics Researcher, about their discovery on the South African West Coast.
We talk about the potentials of the use of environmental DNA in conservation, the sniffer dog they used to detect the golden mole, why it is better if some species are left undiscovered but why finding the De Winton's mole is good, the threats against it and more.
Samantha is part of the Drylands Conservation Programme, for the Endangered Wildlife Trust and an extraordinary lecturer for the Department of Botany and Zoology at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
What is better than a weekend hunting mission with mates?
So, in this episode I speak to Riley Meason and Gabe Ross from The Weekend Mish.
They talk about how they started hunting, building a YouTube channel brand, their participation in the reality TV show Tracked, how they handle criticism, their recent hunt in the USA and why it rocked, big missions and taking risks, what a trophy is, the future and more.
Gabe cuts out a few times and Riley and I just keep talking.
We laugh at our own jokes.
Check them out on https://www.youtube.com/@TheWeekendMish
All music by Jacques van Wyk
In this episode farm nutrient advisor Melinda Turner and Barrie Riddler talk about their theory that using less fertiliser on New Zealand farms will mean more profit for farmers and better animal health.
They talk about their deep frustrations with the idea that maximum production means maximum profit.
Some of what they say might be triggering to anyone who does not understand the curve of diminishing returns.
Barrie talks extensively about the software model, E2M, that he wrote.
He voices his frustration with how averaging is used to make decisions on farms.
Melinda talks about the connection between soil and animal health.
She talks about a need for plant system modelling in Overseer, and how soil optimal ranges are based on averages that are useless for individual farms, and how she believes farms have to be treated as individuals.
She talks about how there is little understanding of how what happens in soils has an impact on livestock health.
She says she doesn’t use the term regen as it is basically just good farm practice.
Barrie says if a greenhouse gas tax kicks in and software uses averages to calculate future fertiliser use on farms, then the best and most efficient farmers will be penalised the most.
They voice opinions on sale reps.
Some useful information.
A E2M intro and demo
John King explaining diminishing returns https://youtu.be/F9ytTwU_TUQ
This is a full and at times complex overview of E2M
Sarahs Country discussion on E2M
E2M Detailed Overview
Annette Litherland, Takaka Study
And last but not least a explanation by ChatGPT that Barrie provided on E2M:
"E2M (Enviro-Economic Model) is a unique farm-planning tool that can identify how to achieve a particular outcome on a farm within the many constraints that farm operates within—whether it be maximising economic performance or minimising external inputs, nutrient losses, or emissions. It is a full farm systems model, summarising farm operations in fortnightly increments including pasture growth, grazing, fertiliser use, economics, nutrient outputs, and greenhouse gas emissions. E2M works differently to other farm systems models available in Aotearoa New Zealand (and the world)—and this makes it much more efficient and effective than those models.
E2M is based on a linear-programming platform and can model whole farm systems including greenhouse gas emissions. It differs from other farm systems models worldwide as it avoids the restrictions that linear programming exhibits when integrating multiple complex systems."
In the 1800's New Zealand sheep thief James Mackenzie became a legend for stealing large flocks of sheep with just the help of his dog, he took them over 100's of kilometres of mountains to a piece of land he wanted to stake a claim on.
He later had a whole area of the country named after him: Mackenzie Country.
In this episode I speak to curator Sean Brosnahan and exhibition developer William McKee from the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.
Below are links to stories of pioneers from New Zealand history, a project Sean and Will are working on.
Journey to New Edinburgh documentary: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeriCkBw8zMgqxdPz1XlkILIAlugr3JD_&si=JAoO6JENAJIovQJv
100 Pioneers Stories: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeriCkBw8zMjEtYJjSuU_HPqF3GZf9EVj&si=JP-paYudjG9iXqbp
Definition of Pakeha: A Maori term for the white inhabitants of New Zealand.
All music by Jacques van Wyk
The fight against wool - a story of lawsuits, bad science and political kowtowing
In this episode I speak to Greg Smith, CEO of wool carpet manufacturer Bremworth, about how regulations and selective science is showing wool is somehow worse for the planet than synthetic materials.
We delve into government intervention and how politicians appease voters and their climate views.
The lawsuit against Bremworth.
And what the future holds.
We talk about Greg's mind-shift when he leaves the jewellery world for primary industries.
Why are governments intervening in the industry? (at min 15:44)
Did he expect the backlash from synthetic industry when Bremworth began promoting wool?
The impact of the cyclone and flooding on Bremworth's factory.
All music by Jacques van Wyk
In this episode I speak to CEO of Eat New Zealand Angela Clifford.
We talk about why New Zealand needs a food plan and strategy, how introduced species like deer and trout play a role in a food plan, we touch on food waste, regenerative agriculture, we bemoan how white bait is managed, and we talk about the role of the export market, the supermarket duopoly, Supie, the role consumers have to play in making new systems work and more.
Maori definitions used by Angela for foreign listeners;
Kai moana: Food from the sea
Whanau: Extended family or community
Mahinga kai: cultivation or food gathering place
In this episode I talk to Dr Nic Rawlence director of the University of Otago's Palaeogenetics Laboratory and PhD student Lachlan Scarsbrook, based at Oxford University in the UK, about the extinct New Zealand grayling.
I also talk to Ross Bailey, an Australian fly fisherman who has in the past caught Australian grayling as bycatch. The Australian grayling is protected and you are not allowed to target them. Ross shares how he caught them on the fly, what fly patterns they went for, what rivers they are found in, how hard they fought. He also talk about catching their far-off cousins in Europe and Alaska.
The grayling was hyper-abundant and was New Zealand's most common fish. It is, for now, the only extinct New Zealand fish.
Dr Nic and Lachlan do a deep dive into a DNA study they did, what they found, the wide ranging theories of how the fish became extinct, what it ate (which is a clue to how you'd fish for it if you are a fly-fisherman), we establish that you don’t have to fish every weekend to be able to study fish, we talk about possible reintroduction of the fish, and Lachlan says Nic is a rainmaker when it comes to getting funding for studies. We also talk about dogs, wolves and why using fish as fertiliser isn't a good idea.
I speak to Professor Ian Shaw an international expert on food safety. We talk about glyphosate as an environmental estrogen, estrogen mimicry, ideas on non-genotoxic carcinogenicity and how former research was right and then turned out to be completely wrong, long term inflammatory effects and possible environmental impact of glyphosate through avenues that were not previously considered. Shaw is the former chair of the UK Pesticide Residues Committee and working as the National Food Safety Programme Manager at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), based in Christchurch. He specialises in chemical residues in food and the environment and their human health effects and leads the Toxicology Research Group at the University of Canterbury.
How do you build a social media community that shares recipes of food they harvested? How would you market wild meat to a townie consumer? How do you give wild meat value in a country like New Zealand that declares some sources of game as pests? What is ethical spearfishing? How does the outdoors connect to mental health?
I speak to brand strategist, creative, photographer and foodie Tim Kaverman from Eat What you Kill Co about all this and more.
Cam Henderson started the Hunter's Journal magazine in a time when print is supposedly dying. He kicked that theories behind. We speak about getting a magazine started. Being cold outdoors. How good Kiwi hunters have it. Why hunt photography has become so freakn good. And how awesome that first time you see a tahr bull is.
I talk to Francesco Formisano from Altitude and Trails about the ethics of hunting. We explore how we lost our spiritual connection to the animals we hunt and eat. Why some cows are clever. We talk about tahr in New Zealand. His project to study animal pathologies in the New Zealand tahr population. And we forget to talk about how animals full of adrenaline taste like crap and why is a good reason to know your rifle or bow and ensure a swift kill. We may swear once or twice.
I speak to Douwe Korting about the Herenboeren concept in The Netherlands where families pay a farmer to specifically grow organic food and free range meat for them.
With the system not focusing on profit the farmer is free to focus on regenerative agriculture methods. Families who wish to volunteer their free time do so and assist the farmer where he feels he may need a hand.
The Herenboeren are involved with government and are active in the discussion on new approaches to agriculture in a changing world.
I speak to Susan Marshall, Science Group Leader for Marine Products at Plant and Food about bioscaffolds, the research they are doing, full utilisation of fish, changing the fishing industries view on what part of a fish is important, the blue economy and more.
I speak to Altitude and Trails podcast host and bowhunter Francesco Formisano about hunting in New Zealand, why he is obsessed with wild food, the Tahr hunt movie Chimeras, conservation in New Zealand from the perspective of a foreigner, Roe deer, hunting ethics and more.