Nemophilous – forest loving, fond of woods and groves; inhabiting woodlands.
Fonterra’s final payout for last season is $6.40 for fully shared up farmers.
The result includes a lower Farmgate Milk Price of $6.08 per kilogram of milksolids (kgMS), down from $7.60 last year reflecting lower commodity prices and a strong New Zealand dollar. A dividend of 32 cents per share has been announced, with retentions of 10 cents per share.
- Record New Zealand milk flows, up 11 per cent to 1,493m kgMS in the current season
- 11 per cent increase in export volumes to 2.32 million metric tonnes (MT)
- Sales volumes increased 2 per cent to 3.94 million MT
- Flat revenues of $19.8 billion
- Higher operating cash flows of $1.4 billion, up $206 million
- Balance sheet strengthened with economic gearing ratio improving from 41.8 per cent to 39.1 per cent
There are no surprises there.
The outlook for the current season is volatile which reinforces the benefits of a co-operative which looks after the interests of suppliers.
It’s your turn to ask the questions again with an electronic bunch of freesias for anyone who manages to stump everyone.
Take a navy guernsey over a striped shirt with the collar turned up, add a denim skirt and top it all off with pearls or a fob chain and what have you got? The fashion magazine in which I read this description called in the country clone and was not impressed.
I’ve failed to master the art of stand up collars, don’t own a fob chain, am more likely to have a merino top than a shirt and prefer jeans to a skirt. But I have to admit the general affect is much the same as the one the fashion writer described so disparagingly.
I understand her lack of enthusiasm because the wool and denim ensemble gets more points for comfort than style. But that’s precisely why we country women choose it – although it’s predictable it’s also practical.
It may not be sufficiently stylish to claim the label classic but because this look is never in fashion it never goes out of fashion either. And while they may be a long way from the look of the moment on city streets the “country clone” clothes are well suited to a quick sprint across a paddock if the wearer is called on to lend a hand before she dashes off to town.
You may be able to opt for style if the nearest you’ll be getting to the great outdoors is a gentle stroll down a well paved foot path and you can favour fashion if you have nothing to pick up but the groceries. But when you might have to rescue an old ewe which has cast herself in the cattle stop before you leave your property and you know your shopping list will include sacks of grain, large containers of drench and grease-encrusted parts for the irrigator it pays to choose clothes that will cope.
Just how necessary it is to put function before fashion was brought home to me the day I decided I had the luxury of enough time to dress with care before going in to town. I had just put the finishing touches to my outfit when there was a knock at the door. It was the dog-dosing man looking for someone to help him. My farmer was away at a sale and I had no idea where the other men were but I knew which name went with which dog so there was no reason why I couldn’t act as doser’s assistant.
It may be possible to remain immaculate while catching and holding thousand-acre dogs but I’m not sure how. I’d taken the precaution of exchanging my high heels for gumboots but they didn’t protect my tights from a liberal splattering of mud. I also acquired a patina of dog hair on my skirt; the imprint of one of King’s very large paws on the front of my once-white blouse and the perfume with which I had sprayed myself lost its battle with what could best be described as “eau de kennel”.
Next time I had a yearn to dress up for town I ignored it and reached for my jumper and jeans.
I do enjoy donning smart clothes for those occasions when it’s necessary to play ladies. But following fashion is folly on the farm. When choosing an outfit for every day wear and going-to-town the question I ask myself is not whether it’s fashionable but how will it look with gumboots?
The importance of water as a scarce resource is being reflected in the next environmental measure – water footprints:
Water footprints seem to be taking over from carbon footprints at the Water New Zealand Conference in Rotorua today.
While the production of a cup of coffee consumes a startling 140 litres of water, a pair of leather shoes consumes 8,000, the production of a single litre of bio-ethanol can consume between 1,200 and 3,000 litres of water, Professor Torkil Jonch Clausen, Chair Programme Committee, World Water Week in Stockholm and Adviser to Sweden’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment told the Water New Zealand conference in Rotorua this morning.
|Product||Water consumed (litres)|
|1 cup of coffee||140|
|1 glass of milk||200|
|1 litre bio-ethanol||1200 – 3000|
|1 cotton tee shirt||2000|
|1 pair leather shoes||8000|
His message to the conference was that water is an increasingly scarce world resource and those countries who are blessed with abundant supplies of water, like New Zealand, are very fortunate.
This might be good for New Zealand but no doubt the measure will be clouded by emotion rather than based on science, as carbon footprints are.
Conserving any resource is sensible but a water footprint is a blunt instrument. Using 140 litres for a cup of coffee in a desert could be more wasteful than using 8000 litres for leather shoes in a region where water is plentiful.
1331 The Battle of Płowce between the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order was fought.
1422 The Teutonic Knights signed the Treaty of Melno with the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
1540 The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) received its charter from Pope Paul III.
1590 Pope Urban VII died 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
1605 The armies of Sweden were defeated by the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.
1669 The Venetians surrender the fortress of Candia to the Ottomans, ending the 21-year long Siege of Candia.
1825 The Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, and begins operation of the world’s first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains.
1903 Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
1908 The first production of the Ford Model T car was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1937 Balinese Tiger declared extinct.
1940 World War II: The Tripartite Pact was signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan and Italy.
1941 The SS Patrick Henry was launched becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.
1941 – Foundation of EAM (National Liberation Front) in Greece.
1942 Last day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps barely escaped after being surrounded by Japanese forces.
1942 – Alvin Stardust, English singer, was born.
1943 Randy Bachman, Canadian musician, was born.
1944 The Kassel Mission resulted in the largest loss by a USAAF group on any mission in World War II.
1947 Meat Loaf, ( Michael Lee Aday)American singer, was born.
1948 Michele Dotrice, English actress, was born.
1949 The first Plenary Session of the National People’s Congress approved the design of the Flag of the People’s Republic of China.
1953 Greg Ham, Australian musician and songwriter (Men at Work), was born.
1954 The nationwide debut of Tonight! (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.
1958 Socttish author Irvine Welsh was born.
1959 Nearly 5000 people died on the main Japanese island of Honshū as the result of a typhoon.
1964 The British TSR-2 aircraft XR219 made its maiden flight from Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
1972 Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress, was born.
1974 William Sutch was charged with spying.
1977 The 300 metre tall CKVR-TV transmission tower in Barrie, Ontario, was hit by a light aircraft in a fog, causing it to collapse. All aboard the aircraft were killed.
1986 Clifford Lee Burton of Metallica died in tour bus accident.
1995 The Government of the United States unveiled the first of its redesigned bank notes with the $100 bill featuring a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin slightly off-centre.
1998 Google was founded.
2003 Smart 1 satellite was launched.
2008 CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia