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Guy Trafford

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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
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
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
Guy Trafford takes a closer look at what the invasion of Ukraine means for food supplies and prices and how that may affect markets for New Zealand's products
17th Mar 22, 11:52am
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Guy Trafford takes a closer look at what the invasion of Ukraine means for food supplies and prices and how that may affect markets for New Zealand's products
Guy Trafford updates the action from the latest dairy auction. Commodity price uncertainties are affecting dairy as the global security situation becomes very unsettled
16th Mar 22, 1:18pm
Guy Trafford updates the action from the latest dairy auction. Commodity price uncertainties are affecting dairy as the global security situation becomes very unsettled
Guy Trafford settled in to read the Discussion Document on changes to permanent forestry. His summary here may help you understand the issues, and get ready to submit your views. Officials seem to be listening to farmer concerns
11th Mar 22, 12:20pm
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Guy Trafford settled in to read the Discussion Document on changes to permanent forestry. His summary here may help you understand the issues, and get ready to submit your views. Officials seem to be listening to farmer concerns
Guy Trafford reviews the latest grim IPCC climate assessment, along with watching highlights of throwback farm management, Government minister's backflips, and the risks of maladaption
4th Mar 22, 8:51am
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Guy Trafford reviews the latest grim IPCC climate assessment, along with watching highlights of throwback farm management, Government minister's backflips, and the risks of maladaption
Guy Trafford summarises some likely implications for New Zealand farmers that flow out of the sudden policy shifts relating to Russia's invasion of Ukraine
2nd Mar 22, 2:24pm
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Guy Trafford summarises some likely implications for New Zealand farmers that flow out of the sudden policy shifts relating to Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Sheep milking is getting a resurgence after an extended rocky start, and SOE Pāmu is one of those benefiting - helped by a wide program of 'public investment' in the sector
24th Feb 22, 9:32am
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Sheep milking is getting a resurgence after an extended rocky start, and SOE Pāmu is one of those benefiting - helped by a wide program of 'public investment' in the sector
Guy Trafford assesses the chances of the latest push to build back the strong wool sector and its product in consumer markets. He finds it hard not to remain a sceptic
23rd Feb 22, 9:25am
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Guy Trafford assesses the chances of the latest push to build back the strong wool sector and its product in consumer markets. He finds it hard not to remain a sceptic
China sets the stage for mass adoption of 'cultivated meat', but it also opens real opportunities for the real thing done right. Guy Trafford also wonders if we have a key brand ambassador opportunity?
17th Feb 22, 10:12am
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China sets the stage for mass adoption of 'cultivated meat', but it also opens real opportunities for the real thing done right. Guy Trafford also wonders if we have a key brand ambassador opportunity?
Guy Trafford reviews how the New Zealand pastoral agriculture sector compares with its carbon footprint; it's probably a marketing advantage
15th Feb 22, 4:29pm
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Guy Trafford reviews how the New Zealand pastoral agriculture sector compares with its carbon footprint; it's probably a marketing advantage
Guy Trafford tracks the consequences of high summer humidity on livestock, and the risks of livestock being infected with COVID
10th Feb 22, 4:28pm
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Guy Trafford tracks the consequences of high summer humidity on livestock, and the risks of livestock being infected with COVID
The OECD had some important things to say (and not say) about the rural sector when they reviewed New Zealand in their latest assessment. Guy Trafford reviews their report from an agri-business perspective
6th Feb 22, 10:55am
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The OECD had some important things to say (and not say) about the rural sector when they reviewed New Zealand in their latest assessment. Guy Trafford reviews their report from an agri-business perspective