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My Daily Digest: January 19, 2021

Doing our bit for NZ’s environment The QE11 National Trust is going from strength to strength with nearly 5000 registered covenants now on its books. It seems more and more landowners are seeing the value in retiring parts of their holdings.

Protected blocks are home to many endangered plant and animal species and they’re a great way to ensure survival for some of our treasured taonga.

And, it’s a great story for farmers to tell.

New Zealanders want to be able to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of the country. Covenanted land provides just that opportunity.

The trust exemplifies rural communities’ commitment to conservation and wise land management.


Bryan Gibson


Farmers fined $318k over effluent compliance

Seven separate court cases against Waikato farmers and businesses have resulted in convictions which netted a total of $318,025 in fines.


Covenantors queue up for trust action

The QE11 National Trust is getting close to 5000 approved and registered covenants over nearly 200,000 hectares at the beginning of its fifth decade in existence.


Online livestock auction ventures into property

A Mackenzie Country family is aiming to tip the property auction market on its head with the latest iteration of an online platform they developed to sell their stud stock over the covid lockdown.


Changes coming to TB testing

OSPRI is making changes to its TB testing programme, placing greater emphasis on areas that are viewed as higher risk.


Viruses can support sustainable food production

2020 proved to be the year where most of the world learnt more than ever anticipated about viruses. Plant & Food Research lead scientist Dr Robin MacDiarmid views this increase in understanding as a silver lining in the covid cloud. But her research is also finding another silver lining in viruses, learning where they can serve good for more sustainable food production.


Tonight on Sarah’s Country:

NZ’s red meat industry experts discuss the refreshed Beef + Lamb NZ strategy.

Joining us tonight is Meat Industry Association chief executive Sirma Karapeeva, 

Farmers Weekly meat industry commentator Allan Barber, Beef + Lamb NZ chair Andrew Morrison and Angus Pure director Guy Sargant. 

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