Since the introduction of fodder beet into the Southland winter feeding system, Peter McDonald thinks that farmers have gone mad chasing yield and not thinking about the environment.
There is a huge amount of chemicals required with fodder beet to get a good crop, as well as sediment loss and soil compaction issues
The Dipton sheep and beef farmer says that Southland farmers have set systems that are merely tweaked to fit individual needs.
Mr McDonald suggests that perhaps the issue is with the system itself.
Maybe we need to go back and work out what's going to provide the needs environmentally and design a system around that.
Watch the full interview with Peter McDonald above.