Time to shake things up

Absence makes the heart grow fonder… or so I hope. It’s been weeks now, months almost since I got blogging. A large reason behind that is there hasn’t been anything that I have felt particularly compelled to write about, writing about the ‘hot topics’ in industry right now wasn’t doing anything for me and to…

Let them eat cake (but the GM free kind)

What a week it’s been. She says on a Wednesday morning. Although I’m all for long weekends, and am very much in favor of having lots of them at the start of the year, it has meant deadlines have been pushed forward for our magazines. You could cut the tension in our office with a…

Beauty or beast?

We have an image problem. There I said it. Many will say “How can you look at yourselves in the mirror” that we as an industry (farming) are a disgrace. This might well be the millionth article or blog or opinion piece you read on this this week. Perhaps even today. Why? Because we have…

Things I wish you knew

Someone recently sent me a link to an article ” 44 things the media wish you knew”. There were a few things in that list that I was like “F**k yeah!” so I decided to make my own list. Media are often seen as ‘the bad guys’ and don’t get me wrong, some journalists are…

New year, new moo?

Happy new year! (or is it ?) As I do every year, I made a new years resolution list. While many don’t get completed (and get recycled for next year) I find it’s a good way to set goals and get myself motivated for the year ahead. I even went so far as to buy…

Changes.

Change has been the consistent theme throughout the past few months. Actually change is a consistent theme in every day life . One thing I have learnt from the past few weeks is that by and large, people either fear change or they embrace it (as was evident during the recent desk switch around at…

Getting back in the saddle: Good cop, bad cop

My week two update is a bit late. Monthly deadlines came a bit quicker than I thought and I have spent the last week and a bit running around like a headless chook. BUT with all articles finished and only 2 awaiting approval from the farmers I have a few minutes spare to blog. After…

Kicking MS in the Nick of time

Lord knows life gets tough sometimes. Our farming industry in particular has been tough going for the past few years. Mental health and well being has become highly topical. The following blog post is related to mental health, and the toll an illness can take on your mental health. Nick Perkins isn’t a farmer, but…

Getting back in the saddle: If at first you don’t succeed…

It’s been a frustrating week on the horse front. Actually, on many fronts. Frustrating because I spent much of last week sick, frustrating because my horse is a prick and frustrating because I’m an adult. These first few weeks I wanted to focus on walking and trotting until Flynn’s fitness got up a bit more….

Getting back in the saddle series: Starting from scratch

This blog is going to be something a little different. Perhaps something a little bit more for myself rather than all you lovely people. It’s Ag related in a way, but very much NOT journalism related. Sorry, not sorry. Today begins the first of a series of blog installments over the coming months that will…

The sands of time – A stopover in Doha

During the DairyNZ Farmers Forum back in May the comment was made that farmers and the industry needed to get out and see what the rest of the world was doing, to gain perspective and broaden thinking. Well, that is effectively what I have just done. Not just during my time in Germany either. During…

IFAJ: day 2

Better late than never… So, I never found anĀ adapter for my laptop, which died hence the lack of blogging – sorry! Although in saying that, the IFAJ conference week left me with little time to sleep, let alone blog. And what a crazy week it was! I gave you the run down on the first…