Feminacy – effeminate; soft; womanly; feminine nature.
Communication key in success of group – Sally Rae:
The importance of communication has been stressed by those involved with Mitchell and Webster Group – the supreme winner of this year’s Otago Ballance farm environment awards.
The intensive cropping operation and wholesale business producing bird and small animal feed is based on the Mitchell family’s historic Rosedale farm at Weston and covers 1375ha of arable land in North Otago.
A large crowd attended a field day hosted last week by Peter Mitchell and Jock and Nick Webster and their families. . .
An extraordinary cropping and wholesale business run by two families has won the Supreme Award in the 2013 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
Jock Webster, Nick Webster and Peter Mitchell of the Mitchell Webster Group received the special award at a Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) ceremony in Wanaka on April 12, 2013.
Producing bird and animal feed, their intensive cropping business spans 1380ha of arable land in North Otago and is based from the Mitchell family’s historic ‘Rosedale’ farm at Weston.
The Mitchell and Webster families joined forces in 1972, creating, said BFEA judges, “an extraordinary and inspirational family business that has withstood the test of time”. . .
Scale, diversity of Asian markets noticed – Sally Rae:
An industry-backed trip to Asia has given Blair and Jane Smith a deeper understanding of the challenges facing marketers of New Zealand meat and dairy products.
Mr and Mrs Smith, from Five Forks and the national winners of the 2012 Ballance farm environment awards, recently returned from South Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
They visited various markets for New Zealand sheep, beef and dairy products, with the aim of learning more about offshore markets, exchanging views on topics of interest to New Zealand farmers and of highlighting New Zealand’s stance on agricultural sustainability. . .
Ace shearer special guest – Sally Rae:
Top shearer David Fagan will be the special guest at the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand’s national Golden Fleece competition in Mosgiel this week.
The Otago-Taieri A&P Society is hosting the event, which is open to both fine- and strong-wool growers throughout New Zealand.
The competition has been held for more than 40 years and has moved around the country, although it had predominantly been hosted in the South Island as that was where most of the entries came from, RAS executive member Kelly Allison said. . .
Slow and steady wins farm race – Annette Lambly:
A simple but effective stocking policy has earned Paparoa farmers Janine and Ken Hames recognition in this year’s Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
The couple, who own Ewenny Farms, a 351ha (256ha effective) beef-only farm on Paparoa-Oakleigh Rd, achieve meat production of 277kg CW/ha (three-year average).
This is well above average for this class of land (Waiotira clay loam) in Northland and is accomplished with all-grass feeding, with no hay or silage.
Janine, a veterinarian, has a comprehensive animal health plan for the cattle, and does regular drench checks and faecal egg counts. . .
Tradeable slaughter rights useful but may not be the answer – Allan Barber:
The Tradable Slaughter Rights concept, raised by me several weeks ago and promoted last week by Mike Petersen, was first proposed by Pappas, Carter, Evans and Koop in 1985. But its purpose was specifically to solve the problem of an industry that consisted of a lot of weak competitors with little innovation or variation in killing charges. The report identified excess costs between farmgate and shipside of $100 million or 8%.
Although the meat companies are not exactly making huge profits or enjoying strong balance sheets, it would be entirely false to accuse them of lack of innovation and high operating cost structures. What is still relevant is the issue of excess capacity, but the end result today is not too much cost, but too much procurement competition. . .
Angelina Jolie went public last week on her decision to have a radical mastectomy because she had a high risk of breast cancer.
She carries the BRCA1, gene which her doctors said gave her an 87% chance of getting breast cancer and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer.
Her mother died of breast cancer which gives her a very real understanding of what that risk could mean.
But John Roughan thinks that the genetic risk poses a dilemma:
Isn’t it a little disturbing that genetic science has caused Angelina Jolie to remove a perfectly fine pair of breasts? A “faulty gene” gave her good reason to watch them carefully, but preventive surgery?
Now that science has mapped the human genome, is this the future? . . .
As knowledge increases so do our choices, not all of which are simple.
I wonder if the geneticists who gave Angelina Jolie an 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer also told her that “developing breast cancer” does not necessarily mean you will die of it. . .
. . . breast screening has produced many more cases for treatment than ever proved fatal. Research suggests one case in three would have died without treatment. Some put the ratio nearer to 1 in 15.
One in three is a pretty high ratio and it’s not just that people die. A cancer diagnosis is traumatic for the patients, their families and friends. Even if it’s not fatal the treatment isn’t pleasant and it’s expensive.
Possibly hereditary cancers have a higher fatal rate but I would have thought it useful to weigh those odds against the genetic risk before deciding on drastic surgery. . .
Does he really thank any woman and her doctors wouldn’t weigh the odds before making such a decision?
. . . Angelina Jolie saw her mother die at age 56 after 10 years of treatment for breast cancer. Now, she writes, “I can tell my children they don’t need to fear they will lose me.”
That is one less fear for them but her article did not mention whether they also carry the gene mutation. How sad if a girl or boy should come to maturity regarding an organ of their developing sexuality as a death sentence unless they get rid of it. Sad and unnecessary.
Sad yes, unnecessary no.
Medical science has provided a tool which enables doctors and their patients to make informed decisions on risk and equally informed decisions about what they do about it.
Jolie went public about the decision in the hope other women could benefit from her experience.
Her fame has ensured the story has been widespread. It has given people knowledge. What they do with it is up to them, although not all of them will have access to private services which, I presume., Jolie did.
They’re their breasts, their bodies.
Medical science has given them more knowledge and enabled better informed choices.
That doesn’t come without risks but what does?
That is the future.
“I never know what to put on forms which ask for my occupation so I’ve started putting various,” she said. “It’s true and it makes me feel enigmatic.”
“But I’m going to have to come up with something a little more concrete for customs and immigration, they don’t appreciate mystery.”
If only the Green Party put as much energy into developing policy that would help New Zealand as they do into publicity opportunities for themselves.
It is another example of their opposition to initiatives which could create jobs.
It’s easy to work out what they’re against. They’ve yet to provide convincing alternatives which show they’re for something that will make a positive difference to the country and it’s people.
325 The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church was held.
526 An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
685 The Battle of Dunnichen or Nechtansmere is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
1217 The Second Battle of Lincoln resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.
1293 King Sancho IV of Castile created the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.
1521 Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola was seriously wounded.
1570 Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas.
1609 Shakespeare’s Sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1631 The city of Magdeburg in Germany was seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.
1733 Captain James Cook released the first sheep in New Zealand.
1772 Sir William Congreve, English inventor, was born (d. 1828).
1776 Simon Fraser,Canadian Explorer, was born (d.1862).
1799 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist, was born (d. 1850).
1802 By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies.
1806 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, was born (d. 1873).
1813 Napoleon Bonaparte led his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia.
1818 William Fargo, co-founder of Wells, Fargo & Company was born (d. 1881).
1835 Otto was named the first modern king of Greece.
1840 York Minster was badly damaged by fire.
1861 American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality.
1862 Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
1865 The paddle steamer City of Dunedin was lost with all hands on board.
1882 The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy was formed.
1883 Krakatoa began to erupt.
1891 The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier fell on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
1902 Cuba gained independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma became the first President.
1916 The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (“Boy with Baby Carriage”).
1920 Montreal radio station XWA broadcast the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
1927 By the Treaty of Jedda, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merged to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1927 At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, touching down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.
1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot.
1940 Holocaust: The first prisoners arrived at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1941 New Zealand, British, Australian and Greek forces defending the Mediterranean island of Crete fought desperately to repel a huge airborne assault by German paratroopers.
1946 Cher, American singer, was born.
1949 In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, was established.
1949 The Kuomintang regime declared martial law in Taiwan.
1956 In Operation Redwing the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb was dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
1965 PIA Flight 705, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720 – 040 B, crashed while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 119 of the 125 passengers and crew.
1969 The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ended.
1980 In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejected by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
1983 A car-bomb explosion killed 17 and injures 197 in the centre of Pretoria.
1985 Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, began broadcasting to Cuba.
1989 Chinese authorities declared martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations.
1990 The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Romania.
1995 In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejected by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
1996 The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
2002 Portugal recognised the independence of East Timor , formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
Sourced from Wikipedia & NZ History Online