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Guy Trafford

The regulatory pressures on high-standard local pork production will likely cause more pork to imported from low standard sources - which ironically includes the EU. The net result will be we will eat cheap pork produced in worse conditions
1st Jul 22, 9:53am
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The regulatory pressures on high-standard local pork production will likely cause more pork to imported from low standard sources - which ironically includes the EU. The net result will be we will eat cheap pork produced in worse conditions
Guy Trafford reviews the 156 page official June update of the outlook for the primary sector, and finds an optimistic view. A lot still depends on Chinese demand but sector and market diversification is happening
29th Jun 22, 10:21am
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Guy Trafford reviews the 156 page official June update of the outlook for the primary sector, and finds an optimistic view. A lot still depends on Chinese demand but sector and market diversification is happening
Guy Trafford wonders how successful the Prime Minister's trade mission to the EU will be overcoming two-faced European positions on provenance and tariffs
24th Jun 22, 10:41am
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Guy Trafford wonders how successful the Prime Minister's trade mission to the EU will be overcoming two-faced European positions on provenance and tariffs
Guy Trafford reports on a land-use tussle in the Canterbury Kaituna Valley involving a proposed feedlot upstream from the already polluted Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere
21st Jun 22, 3:38pm
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Guy Trafford reports on a land-use tussle in the Canterbury Kaituna Valley involving a proposed feedlot upstream from the already polluted Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere
Guy Trafford's gritty review of the HWEN proposals to Parliament finds while them broadly aligned with the ETS in its intent, but there are some distinct differences mainly around sequestration and pricing. These favour farming over most other sectors
16th Jun 22, 11:11am
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Guy Trafford's gritty review of the HWEN proposals to Parliament finds while them broadly aligned with the ETS in its intent, but there are some distinct differences mainly around sequestration and pricing. These favour farming over most other sectors
Hard on the heels of a positive dairy auction result, the recommendations of the Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership (HWEN) have been sent to the Government, backed up by overwhelming farmer support
8th Jun 22, 11:24am
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Hard on the heels of a positive dairy auction result, the recommendations of the Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership (HWEN) have been sent to the Government, backed up by overwhelming farmer support
Guy Trafford looks at the state of current attitudes to genetic modification of the food chain. With clear parallels to the recent vax/anti-vax debate, and evidence accumulating since the 1990's bans, change may get new impetus
8th Jun 22, 10:02am
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Guy Trafford looks at the state of current attitudes to genetic modification of the food chain. With clear parallels to the recent vax/anti-vax debate, and evidence accumulating since the 1990's bans, change may get new impetus
Guy Trafford takes a critical looks at Mike Joy's latest attack on the impact of dairying on the Canterbury Plains' groundwater resource - and finds it largely proven
4th Jun 22, 11:00am
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Guy Trafford takes a critical looks at Mike Joy's latest attack on the impact of dairying on the Canterbury Plains' groundwater resource - and finds it largely proven
Guy Trafford looks at how the final farmgate milk payout price evolves from the first pre-season estimates. He also tries to make sense of falling lifestyle block sales volumes even though prices are holding
28th May 22, 11:17am
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Guy Trafford looks at how the final farmgate milk payout price evolves from the first pre-season estimates. He also tries to make sense of falling lifestyle block sales volumes even though prices are holding
Guy Trafford sees important lessons to be learned here from the way the Aussie election played out, hardening attitudes to farming's 'slow' progress dealing with greenhouse gas emissions
25th May 22, 10:06am
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Guy Trafford sees important lessons to be learned here from the way the Aussie election played out, hardening attitudes to farming's 'slow' progress dealing with greenhouse gas emissions
Guy Trafford finds Budget 2022 has more in it for the rural sector than he expected, somewhat surprised farmers were included in a "something for everyone"-style Budget. Like everyone, he awaits the details
20th May 22, 9:13am
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Guy Trafford finds Budget 2022 has more in it for the rural sector than he expected, somewhat surprised farmers were included in a "something for everyone"-style Budget. Like everyone, he awaits the details
Guy Trafford assesses how the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan will affect the agribusiness community, and notes that reception of the upcoming He Waka Eke Noa plan will be equally important
17th May 22, 10:24am
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Guy Trafford assesses how the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan will affect the agribusiness community, and notes that reception of the upcoming He Waka Eke Noa plan will be equally important
Guy Trafford tries to make sense of the falling farm gate milk price forecasts, in light of most analysts struggling with widespread uncertainty in dairy markets
13th May 22, 11:02am
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Guy Trafford tries to make sense of the falling farm gate milk price forecasts, in light of most analysts struggling with widespread uncertainty in dairy markets
Guy Trafford asks is it worth making wholesale changes to our landscapes for the sake of 0.2% of total world emissions? or are we prepared to pay $870 per household to live with climate change longer?
9th May 22, 11:46am
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Guy Trafford asks is it worth making wholesale changes to our landscapes for the sake of 0.2% of total world emissions? or are we prepared to pay $870 per household to live with climate change longer?
Guy Trafford reviews the Rabobank/Federated Farmers survey on pay-related benefits of working in rural businesses and finds improvements have been surprisingly positive
28th Apr 22, 12:13pm
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Guy Trafford reviews the Rabobank/Federated Farmers survey on pay-related benefits of working in rural businesses and finds improvements have been surprisingly positive
All eyes are on how much China's pandemic and economic stumbles will affect New Zealand's exports of dairy products to China. With cost increases rising, a lot depends on on-going strong demand
23rd Apr 22, 9:51am
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All eyes are on how much China's pandemic and economic stumbles will affect New Zealand's exports of dairy products to China. With cost increases rising, a lot depends on on-going strong demand
Guy Trafford notes that an 'escape to the country' may have many benefits, but staying connected via the internet may not be one of them, making WFH a dubious option
23rd Apr 22, 9:27am
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Guy Trafford notes that an 'escape to the country' may have many benefits, but staying connected via the internet may not be one of them, making WFH a dubious option
Guy Trafford points out that land use has always changed to respond to market signals, so it will continue to evolve as future signals bite. Adapting to a more 'sustainable' use requires you to read the signals well in advance
13th Apr 22, 9:23am
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Guy Trafford points out that land use has always changed to respond to market signals, so it will continue to evolve as future signals bite. Adapting to a more 'sustainable' use requires you to read the signals well in advance
Guy Trafford finds there is something-for-everyone in the UN and IPCC documentation, enabling policy makers and those affected to talk past each other and still claim they are respecting these agreements
9th Apr 22, 9:10am
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Guy Trafford finds there is something-for-everyone in the UN and IPCC documentation, enabling policy makers and those affected to talk past each other and still claim they are respecting these agreements
Guy Trafford assesses how the many threads of global turmoil are affecting the local agri-food sector, and wondering if it will be local policymaking that brings the largest sting
6th Apr 22, 10:26am
Guy Trafford assesses how the many threads of global turmoil are affecting the local agri-food sector, and wondering if it will be local policymaking that brings the largest sting
Self-appointed Groundswell ginger group undermines broad-based farmer input into the HWEN consultation processes, risking worse outcomes with dog-whistle positions
31st Mar 22, 4:49pm
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Self-appointed Groundswell ginger group undermines broad-based farmer input into the HWEN consultation processes, risking worse outcomes with dog-whistle positions
As major flood events become more frequent, the challenge is upon us on how to respond, and a lot will depend on what we are defending. Insurance signals will play a large part in some hard decisions that need to be made
30th Mar 22, 10:17am
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As major flood events become more frequent, the challenge is upon us on how to respond, and a lot will depend on what we are defending. Insurance signals will play a large part in some hard decisions that need to be made
The He Waka Eke Noa consultation process has found a set of key themes from grass-roots farmer feedback after extensive engagement though the key primary sector channels
30th Mar 22, 10:01am
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The He Waka Eke Noa consultation process has found a set of key themes from grass-roots farmer feedback after extensive engagement though the key primary sector channels
Market and climate adaptions still need to take into account local sensitivities about animal welfare issues where outdated 'facts' still reside in shoppers minds
24th Mar 22, 9:42am
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Market and climate adaptions still need to take into account local sensitivities about animal welfare issues where outdated 'facts' still reside in shoppers minds
Strong dairy demand makes Fonterra's Russia exit an easy withdrawal. But the global uncertainties, inflation and climate issues keep farmer confidence in negative territory
21st Mar 22, 6:26pm
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Strong dairy demand makes Fonterra's Russia exit an easy withdrawal. But the global uncertainties, inflation and climate issues keep farmer confidence in negative territory