Everyone at Country TV is eagerly looking forward to 2016 and bringing its viewers and readers the most up to date and targeted farming, agribusiness and weather updates.

We will also be presenting top flight guests on the weekly Point of View programme on Fridays with Mark Leishman.
There were many coups on this programme last year with experts drawn from both here and overseas.

Our guests ranged from Landcorps Traci Houpapa in what was her first such interview since becoming head of New Zealand’s largest farming organisation to Stephen Allen chairman of our most successful and innovative dairy company   Tatua.
Point of View as the name suggests is exactly that, not an interrogation but a chance for industry experts and leaders to tell you what they feel makes them successful and where they see their part of the success of farming and agri business.
Guests so far taking part in this year’s programme will include spokespeople for news making company Shanghai Pengxin and the Fonterra Shareholders Council.

We are always looking for people who would like to participate and can get to our Takapuna studios for recording.
As usual we will be maintaining our very high standards of daily farming and agribusiness headlines and the country’s only rural specific, comprehensive weather forecasts with leading weather analyst Philip Duncan.
Mark presents his daily report comprising the latest headlines and a summary of the story.

This followed by Phillip’s take on the weather presented in his unique and engaging style.
Up to date livestock market reports and prices round out each bulletin.
There is unlikely to be any quick turnaround in fortunes for the agricultural sector.
There are many global factors at play which affect our exporting livelihood any predictions are just crystal ball gazing.
Fonterra has already dropped its forecast milk payout for the 2015/16 season in the past few days. To achieve the $4.60kgms it was earlier predicting whole milk prices would have had to average well over $US2000 a tonne over the remainder of the season.

Its announcement last Thursday it was cutting the payout to $4.15 was not a total surprise but that won’t stop it being a shock and another blow to beleaguered dairy farmers.
Westland Milk and Open Country have also trimmed their payout predictions so all our dairy farmers will be in the same boat.
Unfortunately, after a brief lift they have headed south at the last two global dairy auctions. It is now down 12 per cent from last September.

Continually declining world oil prices will play out across the globe as the spending power of countries reliant on oil revenue decreases.
The depth of the slowdown has been underestimated by almost all commentators and with China, dairy’s biggest market, in a precarious position to say the least the future is really out of our hands.
Sheep farmers will also have another year of belt tightening but beef farmers can look forward to better times with prices sitting around 10 per cent above the five-year average.
Recent rains through much of the country have certainly lessened the impact of what was being predicted as a damaging El Nino weather pattern.

jeff smith
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