A selection of cartoons by Chris Slane on issues related to farming - previously published in NZFarmers Weekly magazine.
Cartoon shows a field of cows with adjectives painted on 'grumpy' 'dopey' 'sneezy' and suited man saying "Beef need better adjectives 'Antibiotic-free' 'grass-fed' 'sustainable' 'free-range' 'non-GMO' while a farmer says "I have some more adjectives"
Cartoon depicts a farmer going deer hunting as another farmer asks "So what are you after -deer -goats - pigs -wallabies?" He answers "All of them - just doing my bit for the climate mate." Subtitle 'Pest control helps sequester carbon -Forest & Bird' Ref-.https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/forest-and-bird-report-highlights-pest-losses..
Cartoon depicts a farmer driving a ute along a damaged road in backcountry commenting on an 80km slow speed sign "Do we have a choice?" refers to lowering of rural speed limits angering many rural communities.
Cartoon depicts a farmer surrounding a cattle water trough with electric fencing talking to his puzzled cows "The govmnt is coming for your water girls but not on my watch"
Cartoon..We have a story on anti-biotic free lambs, apparently there's a good market and premium for them,.
Cartoon depicts day weed triffids doing battle with gound cover plants 'Herbs Vs Weeds orchard trial -news' "Forget poison - let the ground covers fight it out with the weeds" cries a farmer as two people flee - referrs to research into growing ground cover plants under orchard trees to stop weeds growing -
Cartoon depicts two farmers dressed in an odd mixture of summer and winter gear at Fieldays "It pays to come prepared for every weather"
Cartoon depicts a rural vet calling for help in the style of a WW1 poster 'Hands up for rural vets -Your countryside needs you'.
Cartoon depicts two sheep hitch-hiking on the beach in the Chatham Islands as the normal ferry is in for servicing.
Cartoon depicts an avocado monument to Northland ( Te Tai Tokelau ) New Zealand "Good good but is it bigger than that damn kiwifruit?"
Cartoon depicts a large unmanned vehicle harvesting grapes while a farmer comments "turns out these are the droids we are looking for"
Cartoon depicts animals with placards protesting against the government's plans for inclusion of farming sectors in greenhouse gas reduction plans
Cartoon depicts a farmer skiing behind a tractor with the heading 'Haymaking starts late due to wet weather - News'
Cartoon depicts awards for Carbon Factor Sequestration Awards with first prize going to a pine tree while a kowhai gets last place
Cartoon depicts a newly born lamb on a snowy hill side asking "So is spring normally this white?"
Cartoon depicts a foreign buyer hiking the hill country saying to a farmer "I'm a wool buyer - Is this the way to find the legendary shrek-merino breed?"
Cartoon depicts a farmer and dog standing under a tree above flooded farm feilds as wreckage flows downstream in the rain "Council? Hey about that grazing plan-" he says into his phone.
Cartoon depicts a street outside a display window of a real estate agent selling city fringe sections for new housing on valuable agricultural soils as a shopper gapes at the prices in fruit and vegtable shop with broccoli at $25 each
Cartoon depicts a waka labelled 'He Waka Eke Noa' paddled by a crew some of whom are bailing water while two are drilling holes in the hull and holding a sign 'Help we are sinking' refers to a five-year programme to empower farmers and growers to measure, manage and reduce on-farm emissions in New Zealand
Cartoon depicts two sheep watching a topdressing plane spraying "Phosphate time again?" "Gold dust -it's cheaper"
Cartoon depicts a father and daughter standing in a flooded field "Look at all the pretty spring flowers" and he walks over the weeds she tries to pull him back "Dad!"
Cartoon depicts tow bees sampling honey types "A cheeky little manic honey - hints of northland pohutukawa - I think you'll be amused by its presumption" 'Honey flavours to be defined by experts' - news
Cartoon depicts a sale of mince meat honesty stall outside a meat works plant with plantiff staff wanted signs
Cartoon depicts cows marooned on an island in a flooded river "Well this is unfortunate" says one "Taniwha flicked its tail again - happens all the time" says the other - refers to local government building some protection but will let rivers do what they want in many places.
Cartoon depicts two cows one wearing a N94 face mask who says "Foot & mouth disease is much worse than the flu you know" a second cow rejects this "Don't tell me what to do - where's your mandate? Sheeple!" is about to blindly fall down a bluff.
Cartoon depicts Fonterra's new electric milk tanker driving past a bunch of utes lined up at the service station with high fuel prices - driver tooting his horn to a number of ute drivers looking perplexed as petrol pumps glug fuel into their thirsty vehicles.
Cartoon depicts the Terminator driving a NZFAP train full of consumers & calling to a farmer by the tracks "Come with me if you want to live better" train is labelled with 'Quality Assurance - low carbon - biodiversity - premium prices' - NZFAP and NZFAP Plus - New Zealand's National Farm Assurance Programmes
Cartoon depicts Bees fleeing the pesticide Glysophate 'Glysophate/Roundup back in the spotlight -US news' "Can we go out today?" asks a young bee to it's mother who answers "Um maybe leave it a few months"
Cartoon depcts the Beverly Hillbillies driving to New Zealand newstag reads 'Truffles are the new black gold - news' - refers to black truffles.
Cartoon depicts a trade barricade erected by farmers of the European Union to an truck carrying NZ milk "Hey I thought you had a food security crisis?" calls the driver.
Cartoon depicts a farmer standing next to a cow letting out a small burp holding a newspaper with ‘farm emissions plan’ and over the fence is a chap with his big industrial building labelled 'industries' spewing smoke saying "Mate you think you've got problems?" ie agriculture is the most vocal but not the worst affected by emissions reductions.
Cartoon depicts a farmer standing in a field of crops at the edge of suburbs reading a newspaper headline 'Supermarket Shake-UP' and saying "This might hold off the suburbs for a bit longer" refers to duopoly created high prices for consumers and better income for farmers.
Cartoon depicts a hurdles race being won by a progressive farmer leaping over hurdles labelled as 'Lower Emissions' while a losing competitor angrily ploughs through hurdles labelled 'Rainforest PKE' 'Water Quality' 'Greenhouse Gases' 'Adapt or Die' 'Climate Change' crying "Why do they hate us?" caption - 'Opportunity knocks in future for food & fibre- news'
Cartoon depicts a shopkeeper with a 'Help Wanted in Gore' sign in his window and the mayor of Gore with a sign 'All Welcome' quoting Exile on Main Street album by the Rolling Stones song "You can't always get what you want" "But if you try sometimes"
Cartoon depicts the Greens party measuring soil moisture of grass on a bluff "The climate message hasn't yet sunk in deeply enough"
caption 'Green drought looms' (where there is just enough rain to make the countryside look lush, but not enough to relieve dry conditions…)
Cartoon depicts tourists looking at sheep "What are those strange creatures? asks a man wearing a stetson hat and a female comments "And why did the farmer buy them all cashmere sweaters?" Caption - Americans have other ideas about wool -news - Research shows Americans don't have a very good understanding of what wool actually is.
Cartoon depicts a male farmer on a hilltop with his farmer wife & family indicating a farm below "One day all this will be a lower carbon mix of kale almonds & quinoa - plus some sheep and beef"
Cartoon depicts a covid merry go round with sickened adults begging to get off "Help - we wanna get off"
Cartoon depicts bugs disguising themselves as workers to smuggle themselves on to farm crops.
Cartoon depicts a farmer taking a phone photo of a lonely decrepit barn saying "A couple of filters and they'll all swipe right on you babe" - tagline - Start-up fdubbed tinder for barns.
Cartoon depicts farmer asking an old horse " How would you like a spin around the fields for old time sake?" referring to increased cost of diesel due to Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Cartoon depicts storm clouds similar to Russia's dictatorial leader Putin looming over wheat fields resembling the flag of Ukraine alarming a farmer - 'It's an ill wind - in Ukraine or NZ'
Cartoon depicts a frustrated farmer on the docks unable to export his products because of a lack of global shipping - throws bottles with notes inside into the sea saying 'send ships'
Cartoon depicts 'How Govt. could incentivise farmers to cut greenhouse emissions * That Farmers might choose' showing an official handing a farmer a bag of money labelled 'Tax Refund' in background 'Low emission forage' 'Once/day milking' and 'lower stock rate' 'Emission Reduction Award'
Cartoon depicts a cow painted with bee colours attempting to eat some of the flowers in the fenced area with a sign 'Bee Forage Zone keep out'
Cartoon depicts a farmers tractor making a quick turn towards 'Record Returns' while other motorists wait at red lights for 'Events'