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

    A game-changing ‘smart’ pivot developed by Feilding-based software engineers will be able to monitor crop health. Zimmatic’s Technology Strategy Advisor, Stu Bradbury, explains.

    Honest Wolf’s Sophie Hurley shares Papanui Station’s journey from handpiece to handbag.

    A sustainable beef patty trial has been a success. New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Chair, Grant Bunting, explains.

    Plant & Food Research scientist Kerry Templeton outlines the new hop cultivars with unique flavours developed for our premium craft beer markets.

    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, Kerry Templeton from Plant & Food Research outlines the new hop cultivars with unique flavours developed for our premium craft beer markets.

    New Zealand has some of the most sought-after hops in the world. Not only does the hop industry benefit from New Zealand's reputation for environmental sustainability, but our hops have unique flavours brewers, particularly those with a taste for something different, search for.

    The hop breeding programme has pioneered the release of a series of highly successful seedless triploid cultivars. The breeding programme focuses on developing high performing bittering-type hops as well as novel aromatic-type hops which impart unique flavours to beer.

    For more information, visit the Plant & Food Research website: https://www.plantandfood.co.nz/

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  • As part of this week’s “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Grant Bunting from New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef discusses the success of a sustainable beef patty trial.

    The $350,000 trial, 50:50 funded by industry and the Government, has proven it is possible to produce a beef patty sustainably right across the supply chain in NZ.

    The project aimed to help meet the growing demand for ethically sourced and sustainable products.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/beef/view/sustainable-beef-patty-trial-a-success

    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 “Change Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Sophie Hurley from Honest Wolf shares Papanui Station’s journey from handpiece to handbag.

    Sam and Sophie Hurley had for a while been thinking about finding new avenues for their wool, and a couple of years ago they saw an opportunity in New Zealand’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

    Today, Honest Wolf branded products are being bought by people across the country and around the world.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/other-sectors/on-farm-story/pack-leaders-in-honest-products

    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, Stu Bradbury from Zimmatic ANZ discusses a game-changing ‘smart pivot’ developed by Feilding-based software engineers that will be able to monitor crop health.

    Lindsay, which produces the Zimmatic brand of pivot irrigators, has just introduced the concept of the world’s first ‘smart pivot’ to its markets around the globe. Now, they are inviting New Zealand farmers and irrigation industry colleagues to give feedback so the product can be tailored to their needs.

    For details about the webinar on 4th March – The Future of Irrigation, follow this link: https://fb.me/e/4K5xtuAXc

    To read more about the smart pivot, visit: https://www.lindsay.com/smartpivot

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  • There have been many headwinds for venison and velvet markets affected by covid-19 in 2020, as well as domestic environmental challenges. However, collaborations and strategic partnerships are seeing improved opportunities ahead for the pioneering deer industry.

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

    Deer Industry NZ’s velvet marketing manager Rhys Griffiths will discuss how three companies marketing deer velvet antlers in Asia have formed a coalition to develop a market for New Zealand velvet as a health food ingredient in China.

    Silver Fern Farms Group Marketing Manager, Nicola Johnston, explains the impact of Covid on venison prices in Europe & North America and how they have pivoted their efforts into venison’s third largest market, China, on a venison marketing project with DINZ.

    Mark McCoard from Deer Farmers Association and Phil McKenzie from Deer Industry NZ discuss how deer farmers are going to be able to meet climate change emission reduction targets.

    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, Mark McCoard from Deer Farmers Association and Phil McKenzie from DINZ discuss how deer farmers are going to be able to meet climate change emission reduction targets.

    While the industry welcomes many aspects of the Climate Change Commission’s interim report, it will be a challenge for deer farmers.

    If the commission’s recommendations are adopted, livestock farmers will need to reduce their net methane emissions from 2018 levels by 13% by 2030, a further 7% by 2035 and another 4% by 2050.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/deer/unclear-how-deer-farmers-will-meet-emissions-targets

    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, Nicola Johnston from Silver Fern Farms explains the impact of Covid on venison prices in Europe and North America, and how they have pivoted their efforts into venison’s third largest market, China on a venison marketing project with DINZ.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/deer/sff-dinz-team-up-on-venison-project

    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, Rhys Griffiths from Deer Industry NZ discusses how three companies have formed a coalition to develop a New Zealand velvet market as a health food ingredient in China.

    Deer velvet and red ginseng, two of the two most highly prized ingredients in traditional oriental medicine, have in recent years enjoyed an explosion in demand from South Korea for use in branded natural health products to combat fatigue and boost immunity.

    In a marketing-only China velvet coalition – CK Import Export, PGG Wrightson and Provelco – will work together to get the critical mass needed to make an impact with the proposed new health food in China.

    To read more, visit the article on Farmers Weekly: https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/deer/velvet-coalition-targets-china

    To watch the interview, visit www.sarahscountry.com

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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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  • 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

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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

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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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