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My Daily Digest: October 20, 2020

Not all doom and gloom as farmers prep for season ahead The Tractor and Machinery Association reckons the sector is pretty upbeat considering the year we’ve had.

While sales are down from last year’s record highs, there’s still a lot of interest from customers gearing up for the summer.

Border restrictions are proving to be a problem, as they are in many parts of the sector and economy, but the association sees a silver lining.

There’s money available for those wanting to hire an apprentice to fill the roles usually taken by workers from overseas.

Getting more young people into the industry will help not only now, but in the years to come as the ageing workforce retires.

And there are worse things to do for a crust than driving big, heavy machinery.

Bryan Gibson 


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7.20 pm – Dairy Environment Leaders Forum chair and dairy farmer Melissa Slattery shares how farmers can approach increasing environmental and freshwater regulations. 

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7.40pm – Waikato farm advisor Rob Macnab, who has been facilitating farm environment plans, joins us. 


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