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On The Field with Richard Loe

Former All Black turned farmer Richard Loe hosts the popular farming show "On The Field" direct from a purpose built studio on his Canterbury farm located near Oxford. Richard is truly a man of the land and his interviews display his hands on knowledge of the many topics that are effecting the rural population.

You can listen to the show live on the radio (or on-line) from 10am till 11am, Monday - Friday or the repeated show between 5am - 6am on LiveSPORT.

The latest Interviews on Demand are below as too are the latest breaking rural sector news stories.

Interviews on Demand

We catch up with regular OTF show rural commentator Don Nicolson for his thoughts on the past fortnight in both the farming and political sectors. more »

We are joined by the rural spokesman for the Real Estate Institute of NZ to discuss how farm prices are tracking with falling dairy prices and improving fortunes for sheep, beef and horticulture. more »

The NZ meat workers union has kicked off a campaign this week to highlight job insecurity in the meat industry. We ask NZMWU national secretary Graham Cooke all about it. more »

We are joined by the chair of Hort NZ to discuss the year in review for the hort sector and also to talk about the outlook for 2015. more »

We catch up with Elders NZ chief Stu Chapman to discuss the past year and changes the company has undergone in 2014 and the outlook for the primary sector in 2015 more »

We catch up with Silver Fern Farms’ general manager of sales Grant Howie on softening meat prices, but how the company’s FMCG products are showing resilience in the tougher market conditions. more »

Labour’s primary industries spokesman Damien O’Connor joins us to update us on what’s been keeping him busy lately and also we do a wrap of the 2014 year. more »

This time of year time sheep farmers need to tell any visitors coming for Christmas that dogs need to dosed for sheep measles or be left behind. We discuss more with Dan Lynch, Project Manager of Ovis Management Ltd. more »

It’s a mixed end to 2014, according to the latest ASB Farmshed Economics Report, with dairy prices low compared to the high prices at the start of the year but beef prices, on the other hand, are currently 23% higher than last Christmas. ASB Rural Economist Nathan Penny tells us more. more »

In a recent annual review of its business, Christchurch-based human resource and recruitment company, Decipher Group, found that 40% of all senior management and executive level placements were for positions in the rural sector. We discuss this more company director Sacha Every. more »

We catch up with Shareholders Council chairman Ian Brown on the pressure going on suppliers with the lower payout and the co-op chasing new supply from non shareholders. more »

CRV Ambreed opened its new domestic and export-approved bovine semen production and logistics centre last week. The CRV Bellevue Production and Logistics Centre, based on the outskirts of Hamilton, is a purpose-built facility which future-proofs the company with additional capacity to meet the market’s growing demand for its bovine semen products. Angus Haslet tells us more more »

The managing director of the Rural News Group Adam Fricker joins us to discuss some of the key stories from this week’s issue of Rural News. more »

Fed Farmers dairy chair Andrew Hoggard talks about the tough season ahead for dairy farmers and advice for those who may struggle on where they can go for assistance. more »

We are joined by the editor of Countrywide magazine Terry Brosnahan to talk about a couple of the feature articles appearing in this month’s issue of the magazine more »

We catch up with the MetService’s John Law to get the weekly outlook for the weather around the country. more »

MyMilk, a new Fonterra-owned, standalone South Island based company which will compete for milk supply and offer farms which don’t currently supply Fonterra a 5-year pathway into the cooperative. We chat with CEO Richard Allen about how this will work. more »

The drop in Fonterra’s forecast Farmgate Milk Price for to $4.70 from $5.30 will test dairy farmers. Industry body DairyNZ is offering farmers some advice on tactics to cope with the challenging times ahead. We ask about Tim Mackle this advice. more »

IrrigationNZ talked about the benefits of irrigation at a breakfast of over 70 politicians, industry and business representatives and NGOs in Wellington this week. We ask INZ chief executive Andrew Curtis what was said and how it was taken by the audience. more »

Warmer weather is hitting around the country, but when humidity rises, so does the risk of facial eczema which can significantly impact on milk production and animal health. Ballance Agri-Nutrients Agro-Science team member Jackie Aveling tells us what farmers should be doing to minimise the risk of FE more »

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