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Country Life takes you down country roads to meet ordinary people achieving their dreams. We live in a beautiful country...



 



Farming Talk Fest: part two

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:40:00 +1200

Country Life hosts a round table discussion looking at some of the key challenges facing farming in New Zealand. Two people who earn their living as dairy farmers as two people who argue current farming models need changing. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170811-2140-a_talk_fest_part_two-128.mp3




Do Ewe Baa English?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:32:00 +1200

James Thomson runs 2,400 Ile de France-cross ewes at Island Farm on 1,300 hectares of extensive, riverbed-type country between Christchurch airport and the Waimakariri River. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170811-2132-french_flair_boosts_lambs-128.mp3




Farming Talk Fest: part one

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:10:00 +1200

Country Life hosts a round table discussion looking at some of the key challenges facing farming in New Zealand. Two people who earn their living as dairy farmers as two people who argue current farming models need changing. 


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170811-2110-a_talk_fest-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:06:00 +1200

The North Island's still totally over flowing with water and in the South Island, Marlborough farms are well into lambing while those in Southland are just starting.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170811-2106-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday August 11, 2017

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:01:00 +1200

On Country Life this week four people get around the table and talk about issues affecting farming, disruptive technologies like synthetic meat and milk, the environment and bobby calves. Also, James Thomson farms a large flock of Ile de France-cross sheep on 1300 hectares of extensive, riverbed-type country between Christchurch airport and the Waimakariri River.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170811-2101-full_episode_for_friday_august_11_2017-128.mp3




Book Winner

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Country Life received lots of emails for the draw to win the book "Should Meat be on The Menu" by Australian author David Mason-Jones.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170811-1325-book_winner-128.mp3




A lot to crow about

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:40:00 +1200

This year, 1250 birds were entered into the Waikato Poultry and Pigeon Club's championship show. It's a beauty pageant that organisers hope will delight members of the public so they too will decide to keep some elegant fowls.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170804-2140-a_lot_to_crow_about-128.mp3




Should meat be on the menu?

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:19:00 +1200

Australian author and journalist David Mason-Jones is selling copies of his book 'Should meat be on the menu?' at the Te Mania Angus Bull Sale in North Canterbury. The book explores the widely held view that farm livestock are responsible for an enormous net production of new global warming gases.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170804-2119-should_meat_be_on_the_menu-128.mp3




A Farmer Abroad - Chile

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:16:00 +1200

An occasional series talking to New Zealanders working on the land overseas. Eighteen years ago Chris White was tossing up whether to buy a farm in New Zealand or to go dairy farming in Chile. He chose life in South America and loves it.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170804-2116-a_farmer_abroad_-_chile-128.mp3




Out on the farm

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:16:00 +1200

Calving's an incredibly busy time on farm but Carol Stiles manages to sneak a few minutes with vet Steve Harkness while he's working on a 1,000-cow Waikato farm.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170804-2116-out_on_the_farm-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:10:00 +1200

The North Island's had a string of crispy frosty mornings which is helping dry out water logged pastures and lifting farmers' spirits. Calving is in full swing in Canterbury. Sheep farmers in Central Otago are in the thick of scanning and pre-lamb shearing.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170804-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Perfect Persimmons

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:06:00 +1200

A Gisborne based exporter, First Fresh, is sending a trial shipment of local persimmons to China within the next week to ten days. It's the first new fruit to gain market access since the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2008. Roughly half New Zealand's persimmon crop is grown in Gisborne and more trees have gone in the past few years.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170804-2106-perfect_persimmons-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday August 4, 2017

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:02:00 +1200

There's a squawk-fest on Country Life - the team is at the Waikato Poultry and pigeon clubs annual show.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170804-2102-full_episode_for_friday_august_4_2017-128.mp3




First pick avocados are here

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:28:00 +1200

Sunchaser Avocados are the first avocados in New Zealand to make it to market each season. They are grown on Motiti Island where it is three degrees warmer in winter and three degrees cooler in summer than on mainland Bay of Plenty orchards. Growing avocados on an island is an expensive business so the owners count on a premium for their early fruit to make it all worthwhile.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170728-2128-island_avocados-128.mp3




Smart-As Farming

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:15:00 +1200

A new, easy to use environmental monitoring system that will let farms track their environmental performance over the years. It will provide data which proves the quality of their farm environment is improving and it may help gain better access to high value markets overseas.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170728-2115-smart_as-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:10:00 +1200

The entire North Island remains totally water logged. The wet conditions are putting stress on all types of farming. Only five millimetres of rain turns soils to bogs. West Coast farmers are getting bobby pens ready as they head into the busy calving period.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170728-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Across the Ditch

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Brett Worthington from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on the Murray Darling Basin irrigation scandal and Murray Goulburn has announced its milk intake is less than expected.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170728-2106-across_the_ditch-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday July 28, 2017

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:02:00 +1200

First Pick, Smart As, Across the Ditch and The Regional Wrap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170728-2102-full_episode_for_friday_july_28_2017-128.mp3




Talking Bull at Te Mania

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:29:00 +1200

Over a hundred two-year-old bulls went under the hammer at the 50th Te Mania Aberdeen Angus bull sale at Conway Flat. All but one sold and prices were buoyant. While the auction was going on, locals cooked up a feast for the farmers who had come from around the country to attend the sale.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170721-2129-talking_bull_at_te_mania-128.mp3




Milking It and Loving It

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:19:00 +1200

When 17 year old Carlos Delos Santos arrived in New Zealand from the Philippines he hopped on a push-bike and went looking for work, He couldn't tell a cow from a bull yet was given a chance on a dairy farm as a relief milker. Now, 16 years later. Carlos and his wife Bernice are well on their way to farm ownership. Earlier this year they were judged one of the top dairy farming couples in the country at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170721-2119-milking_it_and_loving_it-128.mp3




Worth a Thousand Words

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:16:00 +1200

Internationally acclaimed artist Graham Hoete, aka Mr G, is travelling around New Zealand painting murals on the walls of Farmlands stores. They tell the stories of the local area.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170721-2116-worth_a_thousand_words-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:10:00 +1200

The East Coast soils are absolutely chocker with water, especially on the flats, which are of minimal value for grazing. Canterbury's very wet too and there's and at least 100 millimetres of rain's forecast for the next couple of days.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170721-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Finding Farmers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

A Lower Hutt Rudolf Steiner School is looking for farmers nationwide who'd be happy to host two 15 year old students for two weeks in mid September. Students are expected to work 5 to 7 hours a day as well as help with household chores. A koha contribution is given towards their living costs. The farms don't have to be biodynamic or organic, the farmers just need to have an empathy with this style of farming. Parents arrange travel to and from the farm. Hosts must agree to a police vetting check. For more details: jfwraight@gmail.com


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170721-2106-finding_farmers-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday July 21, 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:03:00 +1200

Talking Bull at Te Mania, Milking It and Loving It, Worth a Thousand Words, Finding Farmers and the Regional Wrap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170721-2103-full_episode_for_friday_july_21_2017-128.mp3




Pining for Nuts

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:35:00 +1200

Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts have planted about 550,000 European stone pine trees on 550 hectares in Marlborough. Pinoli is the only commercial pine nut producer in the southern hemisphere.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170714-2135-pining_for_nuts-128.mp3




A Memoir on Kohlrabi

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:23:00 +1200

Food fads come and go. At present a procession of so-called 'super foods' are dangled in front of us, promising, if not eternal life , then eternal "wellness". We have kale, micro greens, coconut water, quinoa and the implication that anything containing gluten will lead to an early grave. This set former NZ Dairy Board PR guru Neville Martin ruminating on the vagaries of food fashion, and he was prompted to pen a memoir on growing kohlrabi.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170714-2123-a_memoir_on_kohlrabi-128.mp3




The Ropers – Red Onion Royalty

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:16:00 +1200

Lance and Makereta Roper's 62-hectare property near Lincoln produces 500 to 800 tonnes of red peeled onions a year, as well as growing pumpkins, peas and beans. The family business employs eight full-time staff and is the largest grower of red onions in the South Island.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170714-2116-roper_and_son-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:10:00 +1200

Areas of Manawatu that never see snow received up to 15 centimetres on Thursday, Rotorua city had snow flurries, and outlying areas like Mamaku and Rerewhikaaitu had heavy snow on the ground.  Flood waters also covered paddocks in southern Wairarapa. In the South Island the forecast snow arrived in Canterbury. Between 5 and 20 centimetres of snow was common across the Plains.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170714-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Just a Drop

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

A summer with lower sunshine hours, combining with a late harvest when birds damage fruit, is making for very poor olive oil volumes this year. Some growers are over 50% down. Olive oil producers from Northland and Waiheke have been hoping to buy oil from Wairarapa, but the crop drop is nationwide.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170714-2106-poor_olive_oil_season-128.mp3




Full Episode for 14 July 2017

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:03:00 +1200

  Pining for Nuts, Red Onion Royalty, A Memoir on Kohlrabi, Just a Drop and the Regional Wrap.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170714-2103-full_episode_for_14_july_2017-128.mp3




Iwi Fruit

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:28:00 +1200

Māori kiwifruit growers will now have a collective voice in the industry and hopefully soon some seats at the Zespri table thanks to the new Māori Kiwifruit Growers' Forum. It's a sign of good things happening in Māoridom, says the chairman of Ngai Tukairangi iwi, which has a $100 million kiwifruit portfolio.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170707-2128-iwi_fruit-128.mp3




Otorohanga's Big Night Out

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Every year for the past twenty, Otorohanga businesses have chipped in to put on a party for the district's farmers. It's their way of saying 'thank you' to the farmers for spending money in the town.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170707-2115-otorohangas_big_night_out-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:09:00 +1200

Northland continues to be very wet making ground conditions difficult particularly with calving now underway. In Canterbury prices for top sheep and cattle dogs have remained strong at the 61st annual Ashburton Sheep and Cattle Dog Sale.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170707-2109-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Taking Orders

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Orders for avocado trees have sky-rocketed in recent years. Stephen Wade's nursery has gone from selling five- thousand trees a year 15 years ago to 150-thousand today.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170707-2106-taking_orders-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday July 7, 2017

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:01:00 +1200

Iwi Fruit, Otorohanga's Big Night Out, Taking Orders and the Regional Wrap.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170707-2101-full_episode_for_friday_july_7_2017-128.mp3




The Great Manawahe Bunny Hunt

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:35:00 +1200

Every year, hunters and locals from Manawahe head out onto farmland and into the hills to shoot rabbits and other pests for the district's bunny hunt – a community event with games, skinning competitions and prizes.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170630-2135-manawahe_bunny_hunt-128.mp3




Putting the kōura in Kaikōura

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:23:00 +1200

Vince Scully and Mary Shanahan farm kōura (native freshwater crayfish) at Waikōura Springs in Kaikōura. They also run daily tours of their unusual fish farm, but since the November earthquake tourism has dried up.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170630-2123-keep_the_koura_in_kaikoura-128.mp3




High Spec Guns

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:16:00 +1200

The newest drench guns can now be fired every second or so; they record and send information about every shot, calibrate automatically taking into account the weight of the animal and ensure workers are delivering drenches correctly.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170630-2116-high_spec_guns-128.mp3




Regional Wrap

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:10:00 +1200

Frosty conditions have hit the North Island this week, but despite very little rain, conditions underfoot are extremely mushy. Canterbury dairy farmers are busy heavy rolling their dairy platforms while the cows are off farm for winter.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/regwrap/regwrap-20170630-2110-regional_wrap-128.mp3




Blade of Glory

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Young Geraldine shearer Allan Oldfield has had a successful season in the northern hemisphere with several blade shearing wins at agricultural shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170630-2106-blade_of_glory-128.mp3




Full Episode for Friday June 30, 2017

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:03:00 +1200

The Manawahe Bunny Hunt, Keep the Kōura in Kaikōura, High Spec Guns, Blade of Glory and the Regional Wrap.  


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20170630-2103-full_episode_for_friday_june_30_2017-128.mp3