Monday’s quiz

1. “Read him for the tittle-tattle. But for strategic analysis find yourself a grown-up.” Colin James said it, to whom was he referring?

2. Who wrote All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?

3. Titi-tea is the Maori name for which mountain?

4. Sheep breeders encourage multiple births, why aren’t cow breeders so keen on twins?

5. Which ship took New Zealand’s first frozen meat exports to Britain?

8 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. Kismet says:

    1 Pass
    2 All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten was by Robert Fulgham
    3 Pass
    4 Freemartins – if the calves are male and female the heifer will be sterile. (and wouldn’t you have thought that with four quarters cows should have litters rather than singles :-))
    5 The Dunedin.

  2. PaulL says:

    Very interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemartin

    Presumably twins provides very low evolutionary benefits in cows, else surely they wouldn’t have ended up unique in this way.

  3. Andrei says:

    (3) is Mt Aspiring
    (5)Dunedin from Port Chalmers but where was the first refrigerated cargo shipped from and in what ship?

    A clue it wasn’t Port Chalmers and the cargo wasn’t Lamb

  4. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – I’ve no idea and a quick Bing search didn’t help either.

  5. Andrei says:

    in 1876 Le Frigorifique sailed from Buenos Aires to France although the cargo was lost because the plant broke down but a year later the Paraguay made the same trip with its cargo in good condition. It was the French who pioneered mechanical refrigerated reefer ships.

    Frozen beef was shipped from the USA to Britain before that and for many years after using natural ice and salt keep it cold not mechanical refrigeration.

  6. Paul Tremewan says:

    If it wasn’t about Michael Laws it should have been; Robert Fulghum ( founder of IMG Mark McCormick wrote similarly but his reference was to Harvard Law School); Mount Aspiring; something to do with better chances of survival rates for multiple births for sheep being better than for cows? ( Ewes know more about that sort of thing than us city boys…), and SS Dunedin, (without the student mayhem….)
    Cheers
    Paul T

  7. pdm says:

    4. From my, long ago farming experience – complictions at birth time would be at least one factor if not the main one.

    5. The Dunedin

    Andrei seems to have gone off course bringing in Paraguay and Argentina (a bit like Sanzar) when the question was clearly about NZ.

  8. gravedodger says:

    Make mental note, organise mondays better. Did not know either of the quotes but had the other three.
    As a dairy cow only needs the pregnancy to start the lactation a smaller body weight calf is a problem as a “bobby” so no incentive for multiple birth. Traditionally the beef cow is as important for pasture quality management to produce pastures that maximise growth and and production for other stock therefore a cow with one good calf is a good producer.
    There has been no real incentive to overcome the infertility based problems surrounding “freemartins” but as there is not a 100% infertility from mixed sex twins in cows I see with selection for this and a possibility of overcoming the genetic outcome of the freemartins then a solution may come in the future.
    As a practitioner of a multi suckling herd of cows where sourcing good beef X calves as a biproduct of the dairy industry I do not see any great economic pressure to find a solution to the one cow one calf outcome that occurs now.

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