Word of the day

May 11, 2013

Stravage – to roam; wander aimlessly; saunter or stroll.

Rural round-up

May 11, 2013

$3000 colt now worth $1 million – Shawn McAvinue:

A sensitive Middlemarch colt who sold for $3000 is putting silverware on his rider’s mantelpiece and is now worth more than $1 million.

Clifton Promise, the mount of Jock Paget (29), the winner of the prestigious Badminton horse trials in England, was bred in Middlemarch by Kathryn Abernethy (53), of Mosgiel.

The winning 14-year-old gelding was the offspring of her Middlemarch mare Darn Style and Maheno-based American stallion Engagement. . .

Regional finalist brushing up skills – Sally Rae:

Life has been hectic lately for Dean Rabbidge.

Mr Rabbidge (27) will represent Otago-Southland in the grand final of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest in Auckland later this month.

When he was not busy working on the farm, he could be found in the office, ”head down in the books”, he said. While at times the extra work could feel a little overwhelming, at other times it felt like he had it under control. . .

Beyond Reasonable Drought:

First the long drought, then the torrential rain – farming in Northland isn’t for the fainthearted! It takes guts to keep going in spite of the weather, the high dollar, and rising prices.

But it takes more than just guts to make a profit. It takes planning, flexibility, and the ability to assess the profitability of “what if” scenarios accurately and quickly.

In the past a farm’s annual financial accounts, probably at least a year old by they time they were completed, were the only way farmers had of deciding whether what they were doing was profitable. That is totally inadequate for today’s farm businesses. . .

Government and fishing industry trial technology:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC), in partnership with the fishing industry, have recently trialled an electronic monitoring programme in the Timaru set net fishery.

The trial used electronic monitoring technology to automatically record information such as vessel location and interactions between set net fishing vessels and protected species, including Hector’s dolphins. Electronic monitoring involves using on board sensors, cameras and GPS receivers. . .

Rare breed proves real hit with judges

Colin Lyon hopes more beef farmers will consider trying his rare breed of cattle after making it to the Steak of Origin semifinals for the second time in three years.

He was a semifinalist in this year’s competition with his braunvieh/angus cross entry.

The Steak of Origin aims to find the most tender and tasty sirloin steak in New Zealand. The finalists were decided by a panel of judges in Christchurch yesterday.

His entry was a 27-month heifer, which had a carcass weight of 345 kilograms. . .

Astronuats boost Waikato milking:

Gavin and Susan Weal have become the latest dairy farmers to enter the space age by employing Astronaut A4 robots, made by Lely, on their Pokuru farm near Te Awamutu.

The Weals decided to spend nearly $1 million on three robots when they were faced with building a new dairy shed for next season when they sell 44 hectares of their Candy Rd family farm west of Te Awamutu.

From June 1, the Weals will milk 200 cows on 73ha, having previously milked 280 cows on 117ha. . .

Invivo Wines Awarded Gold Medals At World’s Largest On-trade Focused Competition:

New Zealand’s Invivo Wines has been awarded prestigious gold medals for both their Invivo 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Invivo Central Otago Pinot Noir at the world’s largest on-trade focused wine competition, The 2013 Sommelier Wine Awards recently held in London.  

The tasting panel for the Sommelier Wine Awards reads like a Who’s Who of the UK hotel, restaurant and sommelier scene, with a total of over 80 judges from some of the UK’s top establishments taking part in judging over 1800 wine entries. . .

Saturday’s smiles

May 11, 2013

A fire started in a paddock. The fire brigade from a nearby city was called to douse the blaze. The fire proved to be more than the city brigade could handle, so someone suggested that a rural volunteer fire brigade be called. Though there was doubt they could be of any assistance, the call was made.

Five minutes later, the volunteer fire brigade arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They drove straight towards the fire and stopped in the middle of the flames. The volunteer firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon, they had snuffed out the centre of the fire, breaking the blaze into two, easily controllable parts.

The farmer was impressed with the volunteers’ work and very grateful that his farm had been spared. The next day he presented the volunteer fire brigade with a cheque for $1000.

A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds. “That should be obvious,” responded the captain. “The first thing we’re gonna do is get the brakes fixed on our fire truck.”

Don’t be the first

May 11, 2013

No seas el primero!

Citizen 1, Citizen 2, Citizen 3, Citizen 15, Citizen 1, “But this city is so dirty.”

So don’t be the first.

This advice doesn’t just apply to littering.

One person being being lazy, inconsiderate, rude . . .  provides a bad example from which others take permission to follow suit.

Fortunately the reverse is true and good behaviour from one person provides a good example which inspires others to do likewise.

No idea, no funders

May 11, 2013

The Electoral Commission won’t be taking any action against the Labour Party for its failure to disclose a donation of more than $430,000.

Documents released by the Electoral Commission show the party received the sum from the estate of Brian Dalley in four instalments between April and July 2012.

The electoral law requires donations of more than $30,000 to be filed within 10 working days, but Labour only declared the donation on Thursday, 9 May.

Labour Party secretary Tim Barnett said it did not realise a bequest was actually classified as a donation and therefore had to be immediately declared to the commission. . .

The Commission accepted it was an honest mistake and so won’t be taking any action.

Ignorance of the law isn’t usually an acceptable defence. It’s not surprising that the Commission doesn’t think it’s worth pursuing the case when they don’t usually take action against electoral law transgressions.

What is more difficult to understand is how a party which wants to run the country doesn’t have a grasp of the laws needed to run itself.

The Commission has all parties’ donations returns here.

The only ones the Green Party disclosed are the tithes from its MPs.

The party will no doubt take pride in not having anyone outside its caucus willing to back it with more than $15,000.

But its a party with pretty flimsy foundations when its got less than a few thousand members and no-one prepared to put much money into supporting it.

This explains why they used more than $90,000 of public funds trying – and failing – to get enough signatures to force a referendum on asset sales – they don’t have any of their own funds.

Doesn’t that make the two parties a pretty pair – one doesn’t understand the rules and the other has to tithe its caucus to fund itself.

They’re a potential coalition with no idea and no funders.


May 11, 2013

10/10 in the Nz Herald’s politics quiz (though one answer was a slip of a finger with a guess so maybe I should claim only 9).

Saturday soapbox

May 11, 2013

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation.

You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

Thx ~ @[15058392533:274:Ayn Rand]  @[188355460514:274:Capitalism]

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