25 episodes

Bringing' you the best of rural New Zealand for nearly 50 years via your mailboxes, now it’s time for our seasonal stories from the magazine to weekly updates straight to your ears.

Proud to celebrate the grit and the smarts it takes to farm as well as good ol' fashioned country culture with The Country-Wide Podcast.

Hosts: Rebecca Greaves - Editor of Country-Wide

For more information & to subscribe to Country-Wide, visit www.country-wide.co.nz

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Bringing' you the best of rural New Zealand for nearly 50 years via your mailboxes, now it’s time for our seasonal stories from the magazine to weekly updates straight to your ears.

Proud to celebrate the grit and the smarts it takes to farm as well as good ol' fashioned country culture with The Country-Wide Podcast.

Hosts: Rebecca Greaves - Editor of Country-Wide

For more information & to subscribe to Country-Wide, visit www.country-wide.co.nz

    Episode 22 - Exciting times ahead for the deer industry

    Episode 22 - Exciting times ahead for the deer industry

    Those in New Zealand’s deer industry have an exciting future ahead of them, as they come out the other side of the pandemic era. Deer Industry NZ (DINZ) held its conference earlier this month, and say there is a lot to look forward to, including disseminating into more overseas markets and moving into the retail space.

    We hear from a key specialist in the industry, Ron Schroeder, ahead of his retirement, about his hope for the future of deer, and how we got here. And we speak to DINZ executive chef, Graham Brown, who shares his love for venison and its versatility, and gives us some tips for cooking venison at home.

    Guests include:


    Graham Brown, Executive Chef, DINZ
    Ron Schroeder, deer specialist of 50 years, PGG Wrightson 
    Rhys Griffiths, Market Manager, DINZ

    Hosts:


    Rebecca Greaves, Editor, Country-Wide
    Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media

    Deer Industry NZ Executive Chef Graham Brown has just spent time in China and Korea upskilling the market on how to utilise lesser known cuts of venison in their cooking. Back home on local soil, there’s an emphasis on making sure cuts provided to restaurants are as user-friendly as possible, to take pressure off restaurants with less staff. 

    He’s been with DINZ for the past 30 years, and loves working with venison due to its versatility. He shares his top tips on how to perfect cooking venison at home in your kitchen. 

    Deer industry stalwart Ron Schroeder has recently announced his retirement, after 49 years as a deer specialist at PGG Wrightsons. Ron got on the deer ladder back in the 70s, and has watched it grow and develop in the following decades. He shares his insights and wisdom with Sarah Perriam-Lampp, from his time at Lincoln to now. He’s excited about where the deer industry is at, and has enjoyed mentoring the next generation. 

    DINZ Market Manager Rhys Griffiths says in the post-covid climate they’re focusing on diversifying their options overseas, and not relying on the food service market. Prior to the pandemic, the USA market had been growing. Now they’re evenly distributed across Europe, USA, and the Asia markets.

    DINZ held their conference earlier this month and Griffiths says it went really well, and there’s a lot to look forward to in the future. The sector is starting to recover and move forward now, in the aftermath of the pandemic. 

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    Episode 21 - Live exports - a question of reputation?

    Episode 21 - Live exports - a question of reputation?

    Reinstating live animal exports from New Zealand is currently on the table under the new coalition government and is drawing attention from all sides of the debate.

    Sceptics are worried about how it will impact New Zealand’s reputation and protecting animal welfare, and question whether it’s giving away our valuable genetics. 

    On the other side of the debate, those in the industry say it's a great opportunity to take leadership on setting a new gold standard.

    Guests include:


    Julia Jones, Agricultural industry commentator 
    Dr Helen Beattie, Veterinarian, Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Aotearoa
    Brent Wallace, formerly worked in the live exports industry

    Hosts:


    Rebecca Greaves, Editor, Country-Wide
    Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media

    Rural commentator Julia Jones says we need to decide as a country what we want our brand to be, and what we want to be proud of. She says at the moment we’re missing the opportunity to have a proud New Zealand brand overseas with our animal products and, if we decide to remove the ban on live exports, it’s a vital consideration. 

    She also says we need to think about our situation independently, and not compare ourselves to the likes of Australia, America and Europe.

    Veterinarian Dr Helen Beattie says protecting the live export ban isn’t just about the welfare of the animals during the voyage - it’s also about what happens when they get to the overseas destination; how they’re treated for the rest of their lives, and how they are slaughtered. 

    Brent Wallace has worked first-hand in live exports, and says it’s the perfect opportunity for New Zealand to set a world leading standard, and to do a better job than Australia, which is currently considered the best in the live export industry.  

    He says the key thing to get right is overseeing what is happening on-board live export ships. Having independent observers to oversee how each ship is managed from loading, to sea-passage, to the discharge point, is one possible step. 

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    • 50 min
    NUFFIELD REPORT: Redefining excellence in agribusiness advisory. The role of the rural advisor in the modern world.

    NUFFIELD REPORT: Redefining excellence in agribusiness advisory. The role of the rural advisor in the modern world.

    What keeps rural advisors awake at night? How to feed an ever-increasing population from a declining land area whilst at the same time reducing its environmental footprint.

    2023 Nuffield scholar and AgFirst Chief Executive, James Allen says, their are significant trends in the use of technology in the agricultural sector coming at farming faster than we can understand and the role of the agricultural advisor needs redefined. 

    Guests include:


    James Allen - 2023 Nuffield Scholar and chief executive, AgFirst 

    Hosts:


    Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media

    Read James’ full Nuffield Report “Redefining excellence in agribusiness advisory"

    This episode is a special bonus episode through CountryWide Media’s partnership with Rural Leaders and the New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship. 
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    • 36 min
    Episode 20 - Treating rubbish as a resource

    Episode 20 - Treating rubbish as a resource

    Waste takes many different forms onfarm, such as plastic packaging and chemical drums, and there are some great initiatives out there with an aim to give these resources another life - sometimes even back on the same farm!

    So when it comes to the circular economy of recycling onfarm waste, it is about viewing it as a resource, rather than rubbish.

    Guests include:


    Evan Maehl, Managing Director, WM New Zealand
    Greg Coppell, Founder, Repost
    Tony Wilson, Chief Executive, Agrecovery

    Hosts:


    Rebecca Greaves, Editor, Country-Wide
    Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media

    Managing Director of WM (formerly Waste Management) Evan Maehl says we need to think about what type of products are being produced, and how well they can be reused, to have a circular lifecycle. 

    He says it’s important to look at what products we’re using onfarm, such as cardboard and certain types of plastic, which can be recycled; otherwise we are just creating more waste for future generations to deal with. 

    Repost is an innovative business that recycles waste posts from the viticulture industry destined for landfill into low-cost, sustainable fence posts for farms. Farmer, and founder of Repost, Greg Coppell puts it down to his typical New Zealand farmer mentality of hating to see anything go to waste. He says the options for reusing onfarm waste are endless. 

    Greg gives Rebecca an update on what’s next for Repost, including two nominations for the 2024 WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence, for their work with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council following Cyclone Gabrielle last year. 

    Tony Wilson, Chief Executive of Agrecovery, says in order to have a circular economy with waste, we need to improve what plastic can become. Agrecovery is a rural recycling programme and product stewardship scheme. With over 160 sites over New Zealand, they are a sustainable solution for recycling common plastics found on farms, such as containers, drums, and small seed, feed and fertiliser bags.

    He explains the difference between product stewardship and recycling, and how most linear systems would just turn waste back into a single-life plastic bag. He asks what the point is of doing that when it only has one more use out of it, when for example, that same plastic could be turned into car parts, which would last at least a decade, and go on to be recycled again after that.

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    • 53 min
    Episode 19 - How do we tackle regenerating biodiversity on our farms?

    Episode 19 - How do we tackle regenerating biodiversity on our farms?

    When it comes to looking at the future of regenerating biodiversity, farmers have a key role to play, with 24% of native biodiversity found on sheep and beef farmland, second only to conservation estate.

    In this episode, we hear from three experts who highlight the work farmers are already doing to regenerate biodiversity, including in wildlife and plantings, and the opportunities for collaboration. 

    Guests include:


    Sam Rowland, Programme Manager for Nature, Sustainable Business Network
    David Norton, Emeritus Professor, University of Canterbury
    Sam Gibson, Sam the Trap Man, Eastern Whio Link

    Hosts:


    Rebecca Greaves, Editor, Country-Wide
    Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media

    Sam Rowland, Sustainable Business Network Programme Manager for Nature has spent eight months researching how to increase investment into nature regeneration, and how to unlock the barriers preventing people from undertaking nature regeneration in their business. 

    Given how much biodiversity already exists on farm land, our farming community plays a key role and Sam believes helping fund farmers to get plants into the ground, or to increase predator control is the first step to achieving regenerating biodiversity. 

    Emeritus Professor David Norton has 40 years experience with New Zealand’s ecology and conservation space, across both private and public land, and has worked closely with farmers during that time. 

    He says the key to regenerating nature is collaboration, and that farmers are already the custodians of some amazing biodiversity on their farms, with a quarter of New Zealand’s native biodiversity found on their land. 

    Sam Gibson, A.K.A Sam the Trap Man, founded, and currently co-chairs, the Eastern Whio Link project. The project is an excellent example of linking business, community and farmers, enabling  intensive trapping on public conservation land and farmland, to protect whio and kiwi. 

    Through their pool of 100 volunteers they’ve been able to collaborate with local farmers to reintegrate whio into farm systems - bringing back whio to areas they would have historically been present on. The project  demonstrates that biodiversity and farming can thrive in harmony.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    NUFFIELD REPORT: What’s the beef? Opportunities for Beef on Dairy in New Zealand

    NUFFIELD REPORT: What’s the beef? Opportunities for Beef on Dairy in New Zealand

    Over 2 million calves are produced from the dairy herd in NZ every year, with only a quarter retained for herd replacements. How do we build a ‘beef on dairy’ industry that is growing successfully in the States?

    2023 Nuffield scholar and Canterbury farmer, Matt Iremonger says, money may save the bobby calf but to have a successful beef on dairy value chain several key changes need to be made to our dysfunctional supply chain.

    Guests include:


    Matt Iremonger - 2023 Nuffield Scholar and Canterbury farmer

    Hosts:


    Sarah Perriam-Lampp, Managing Director, CountryWide Media

     

    Read Matt’s full Nuffield Report “What’s the Beef? Opportunities for Beef on Dairy in New Zealand”

    Listen to the Beef + Lamb NZ Genetics Informing NZ Beef Podcast 

    This episode is a special bonus episode through CountryWide Media’s partnership with Rural Leaders and the New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship. 
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    • 30 min

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