But there are still headwinds across the industry. Figures released this week show the value of red meat exports took a dive in the past year. That value loss has been felt by farmers through the schedule, which is down on last year but still hovering around the five-year average.
Of course, the dollar is also not playing ball. It’s buying US71c and looks likely to go higher, which will make our food a less attractive option.
But, last night’s GDT shows that there’s still demand, which is something to hold onto in these trying economic times.
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Tonight on Sarah’s Country
7:10pm – Why does irrigation still have a negative connotation? IrrigationNZ chair Keri Johnston explains how they will change that conversation.
7:20pm – Canterbury M bovis cases are not an outbreak, the Ministry of Primary Industries says. M bovis programme director Stuart Anderson explains why.
7:30pm – The Reserve Bank is continuing to keep a close eye on heavily indebted dairy farms. NZAB’s Scott Wishart gives his advice moving forward.
7:40pm – Surfing for Farmers founder Stephen Thomson shares why surfing has taken off with farmers needing a break.