Irenic – conciliatory; conducive to, favouring or promoting peace.
Judging helps get best stock – Sally Rae:
Olivia Ross reckons the skills she has learned through entering stock-judging competitions will stand her in good stead.
A member of the Nightcaps Young Farmers Club, Miss Ross (24) competed in the New Zealand Young Farmers national stock judging competition at AgResearch Invermay yesterday and hoped to defend the national title she won last year.
Rabbits, water quality and the RMA – Sally Rae:
If there was a more virulent variety of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in Australia that could be useful in New Zealand, then the Government would not say it could not be introduced.
However, Primary Industries Minister David Carter told farmers at the deer industry conference they would have to “engage with the process” to introduce it. . .
Emerging demand for venison product – Sally Rae:
Markets are diversifying and there are untapped markets for venison and co-products – what is needed now is the product.
That is the message from James Palmer, the director of strategy, systems and science policy at the Ministry of Primary Industries.
Wool growers face ultimate contest – Che Baker:
New Zealand’s top wool growers will go head-to-head this week as they compete for the national Golden Fleece title.
The National Golden Fleece Awards, in its 42nd year, will be held in Ranfurly tomorrow. . .
It’s not about winning when you love what you’re doing. Shawn McAvinue talks to a Southland dairy trainee about being judged one of New Zealand’s best.
Winton dairy farmer Robert Ankerson, 23, was judged the second-best trainee in New Zealand at the Dairy Industry Awards in Auckland this month and took home $3000 in prizes.
Not that money had ever been the driving force for working in the dairy industry, Mr Ankerson said.
“You do it because you love it.” . . .
Young Farmers a cool group to belong to especially if you’re at Massey University – Pasture to Profit:
This week has been a huge week for Young Farmers & Young Farmer Clubs in New Zealand. The National Bank Young Farmer Contest has been completed & Michael Lilley from Tasman has won this prestigious competition & been crowned Young Farmer of 2012.
Michael is a Veterinarian working at Murchison on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. He is a recent graduate from the Massey University Vet School. . .
When unemployment is at its highest rate in 13 years, it’s difficult to understand why some employers are struggling to find people willing to take on manual work.
Several employers desperately seeking reliable workers say it is as if people are unprepared for the workforce and don’t want to prove themselves.
Orchardists and dairy farmers have been noticing this for some time. Local people aren’t interested in the jobs they offer which is why there are so many workers from overseas employed in these industries. Orchard and dairy farm work might not be everybody’s first choice. But any job should be better than no job and people in employment are much more likely to get a job they want than someone who is unemployed.
Lindsay Mitchell has a very sobering statistic: 22.2 percent of babies born in 2011 were dependent on a caregiver receiving a benefit by the end of the same year.
“Over one in five babies reliant on welfare by year-end is a sobering statistic. Almost half of the caregivers were Maori and half were aged 24 or younger.”
“There is an established pattern of childbearing followed by reasonably rapid, if not immediate, recourse to welfare in New Zealand. This occurs during good and bad economic periods.”
“The implications for this high percentage lie in the likelihood of these children remaining on a benefit for many years. . . ”
This is the main cause of too many children growing up in poverty and shows why Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is determined to address the causes of benefit dependency.
363 Roman Emperor Julian defeated the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but was unable to take the city.
1167 Battle of Monte Porzio – A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III was defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel.
1176 Battle of Legnano: The Lombard League defeated Emperor Frederick I.
1630 Charles II of England was born (d. 1685).
1414 Council of Constance.
1660 English Restoration: Charles II (on his birthday) was restored to the throne of Great Britain.
1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation established peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives.
1727 Peter II became Tsar of Russia.
1733 The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves was upheld.
1780 American Revolutionary War: At the Battle of Waxhaws Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton massacred Colonel Abraham Buford’s continentals.
1874 G. K. Chesterton, English novelist, was born (d. 1936).
1903 Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor, was born (d. 2003).
1906 T.H. White, British author, was born (d. 1964).
1914 Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of 1,024 lives.
1917 – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was born (d. 1963).
1919 The Republic of Prekmurje founded.
1924 AEK Athens FC was established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks.
1935 The Hoover Dam was completed.
1939 Albanian fascist leader Tefik Mborja is appointed as member of the Italian Chamber of Fasces and Corporations.
1940 The first flight of the F4U Corsair.
1941 Doug Scott, British mountaineer, was born.
1945 Gary Brooker, musician (Procol Harum), was born.
1945 First combat mission of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber.
1948 Creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation
1950 The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia .
1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay’s (adopted) 39th birthday.
1954 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
1959 Rupert Everett, English actor, was born.
1961 Melissa Etheridge, American musician, was born.
1963 Tracey E. Bregman, American actress, was born.
1967 Noel Gallagher, English musician (former Oasis), was born.
1969 General strike in Córdoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
1973 Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1975 Melanie Brown, English musician and actress (Spice Girls), was born.
1978 Adam Rickitt, British actor, was born.
1982 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
1985 – Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels 39 football fans died and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breached a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.
1988 U.S. President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union.
1990 The Russian parliament elected Boris Yeltsin president of the Russian SFSR.
1999 Olusegun Obasanjo took office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in at tournaments.
2004 The World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipeida.