Darg – a specific quantity or fixed amount of work; a day’s work; a work quota.
SFF and Alliance collectively hold a market share of only 53%. Adding the private Affco and Anzco companies would bring total processing capacity to nearly 80%. . .
Nitrate leaching overview – Milking on the Moove:
Today I give an overview of nitrate leaching.
What is Nitrate Leaching?
What type of farming leach the most Nitrate?
How nitrate leaching from dairy farms is different from cropping & horticulture. . . .
The obvious answer is to stay on top of effluent discharge in the first place says Geoff Young, environmental monitoring consultant and Managing Director of BPO Ltd, the Waikato company which specialises in providing technical environmental monitoring information and systems both in New Zealand and overseas.
In Young’s opinion the recent Waikato Regional Council vs a Mangakino farm case was a no win situation. According to the reports, warnings had been issued and it wasn’t until charges had been laid that improvements were made. The investment made by the owners was significant but it was made too late to head off the Environment Court charges.
The Regional Council has been trying to get the message across for years that when it lays charges it’s already too late. According to Young, dairy farming cops more than its fair share of flack and this is yet another example protagonists will use to point out how bad dairy farming is, when that’s not the case at all. . .
Cawthron Institute has boosted its science and aquaculture capability with the appointment of senior scientist Dr Jacquie Reed as its new head of aquaculture.
“We are excited to further strengthen our science leadership team with this new appointment,” Cawthron Institute Chief Executive Professor Charles Eason says.
“Dr Reed is an accomplished scientist with extensive, proven scientific expertise and specialist knowledge of the commercial aquaculture sector. She will complement and enhance our existing research, while bringing a fresh approach, new energy and drive to this important role.”
Dr Reed will lead the Aquaculture Group, manage the further development of the Cawthron Aquaculture Park and spearhead research and development to support new and existing partners, including SPATnz, Kono and Aotearoa Fisheries Limited. . .
United States-based internationally acclaimed professor of economics and founder of Mt. Beautiful Wines/Teece Family Vineyards, David Teece, is “absolutely delighted” that efforts to promote U.S. – New Zealand relations have been officially recognized.
Professor Teece, who is also a successful entrepreneur and consultant, has received a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services regarding New Zealand-United States relations. This Royal Honor will be presented at investiture dinner on Thursday May 23rd at 7pm by the Governor General on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
“In my case I have worked hard on a lot of issues between the U.S. and New Zealand, but this is a complete surprise on my part. I’m delighted to have the recognition and I feel stimulated to work even harder towards achieving common goals between the countries,” Teece said. . .
Green Meadows Beef, a New Zealand owned, family business that produces 100% grass-fed, free-range beef has opened the doors to its own butchery in New Plymouth. This is the natural next step for the brand that hopes their approach to beef farming, processing and delivery will lead to more Kiwis purchasing healthier, tastier and more ethically produced meat.
Taranaki based Pat Hogan, who has more than 25 years experience as a butcher under his belt in supermarkets, retail butchers and his own store, has been brought on to manage the butchery. He is a welcome addition to the Green Meadows Beef team, which is led by Michael and Margy Carey, and their sons, Nick Carey, Brent Carey and Karl Carey. Pat’s expertise complements Michael Carey’s extensive knowledge of animal management and Nick Carey’s business and marketing skills. . .
From a total of 12 judges, three are flying in from Australia and one from Singapore to add their extensive experience to the eight-strong New Zealand team at this year’s Spiegelau International Wine Competition.
Joining regulars Ralph Kyte-Powell from Melbourne and Adelaide-based consultant Phil Reedman MW are Annette Scarfe, a newly minted MW based in Singapore and Nick Ryan, wine writer and commentator from Sydney. . .
Auckland has parking problems:
The Opposition are not just opposed to the Mixed Ownership Model for state assets under which a minority share in a few companies are sold.
They want to retain all the companies the crown currently owns.
A case can be made for the state to own some companies but what is the case for owning Solid Energy which is in such a dire state?
. . . The state-owned coal miner is grappling with debts of nearly $390 million and earlier in May announced a further 105 job losses. . .
What justification is there for the state to be risking public money in this enterprise?
It’s not a monopoly, it’s not an essential or strategic industry.
It is possible that had it not been state owned, banks would have been a lot more careful about lending it money and it might not be so deeply in debt.
The Green party has opened nominations for a candidate to contest the Ikaroa Rāwhiti by-election.
The party has only ever won one electorate. that was a general seat and the party didn’t manage to hold that.
The chances of its winning the by-election are slight.
The interest will be in whether it manages to mobilise voters and which party it takes votes from – Labour, the Maori Party or Mana.
New Zealand has a well deserved reputation for the safety and quality of its primary produce and its lack of corruption.
China’s reputation for both is somewhat less desirable.
But no-one is suggesting the hold-up of our meat at China’s border is due to either safety concerns or corruption.
Whatever the cause, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said sorting out the problem is MPI’s top priority.
“New Zealand officials have worked around the clock to provide additional technical information to Chinese authorities over the weekend.
“This information will be given to AQSIQ, the Chinese organisation responsible for border clearances. This will enable them to pass it on to port authorities, a process which may take some days.
“New Zealand officials are also talking with their counterparts in China today to see what, if any, further information or support is needed.
“Overall trade to China is still flowing well and this issue appears confined to some shipments of meat.
“Most product is frozen and is being properly stored, while priority for clearance is being given to chilled meat.
“The Ministry for Primary Industries is also keeping in close contact with the meat industry and updating them on a daily basis.
“New Zealand is a trading nation and from time to time these kind of technical delays will occur. This is a temporary issue, but we’re confident it can be resolved,” says Mr Guy.
There is no convenient time for such a hold-up but this is another blow in what has been a particularly difficult season for sheep farmers.
“On top of the drought and the meat schedules this is causing concern amongst sheep and beef farmers,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President and its trade spokesperson.
“It is reassuring to see Minister Nathan Guy confirm that its speedy resolution is the Ministry for Primary Industries number one priority.
“Sheep and beef farmers will be affected one way or another as suppliers or shareholders. A number of the exporters involved in the delay are cooperatives. This means any financial impact ultimately falls back upon the farmers who cooperatively own them.
“What I can say is that New Zealand’s farmers truly value the Chinese market for our lamb.
“We want to build a much closer relationship with Chinese consumers and our Chinese farming counterparts too. It is about establishing a true-two way relationship and we hope these messages can be conveyed to the right authorities.
“We must now urgently resolve this matter to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities. Comment must be responsible and informed by fact because speculation could do New Zealand damage in a vital market,” Mr Wills concluded.
China is a very important trading partner but doing business there is not like doing business here.
It’s a different country with a very different culture and different ways of doing business.
What works here will not necessarily work there and we will have to learn to adapt to that.
“Like Alice, I try to imagine six impossible things before breakfast,” she said.
“Why?” he said.
“For the exercise,” she said. “Imagining the impossible stretches the mind and doing it on an empty stomach helps the focus, if for no other reason than fear of remaining hungry if I fail.”
878 Syracuse, Italy was captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1527 King Philip II of Spain was born (d. 1598).
1554 A royal Charter was granted to Derby School.
1674 The nobility elect ed John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
1688 Alexander Pope, English poet, was born (d. 1744).
1725 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I.
1780 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer, was born (d. 1845).
1809 The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France.
1840 Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson proclaimed sovereignty over all of New Zealand: over the North Island on the basis of cession by the Treaty of Waitangi and the southern islands by right of discovery.
1851 Slavery was abolished in Colombia.
1856 Lawrence, Kansas was captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
1863 American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
1871 French troops invaded the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of “Bloody Week” some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested.
1871 Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
1879 War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battled two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
1904 Fats Waller, American pianist, was born (d. 1943).
1904 The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris.
1907 John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer, was born (d. 1979).
1916 – Harold Robbins, American novelist (d. 1997).
1917 Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (d. 1993).
1917 The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established through Royal Charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces.
1917 The Great Atlanta fire of 1917.
1927 Charles Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1930 Malcolm Fraser, 22nd Prime Minsiter of Australia, was born.
1932 Bad weather forced Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becme the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1934 Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1936 Sada Abe was arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her hand.
1937 A Soviet station became the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
1939 The National War Memorial (Canada) was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.
1941 Ronald Isley, American singer (The Isley Brothers), was born.
1943 Hilton Valentine, British guitarist (The Animals), was born.
1948 – Leo Sayer, English musician, was born.
1951 The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
1952 Mr. T, American actor, was born.
1961 American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declared martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
1966 The Ulster Volunteer Force declared war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
1969 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
1979 White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
1990 Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agreed to a unity, merging into Republic of Yemen.
1991 Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber near Madras.
1994 Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessful attempts to secede from Republic of Yemen, war breaks out.
1996 The MV Bukoba sank in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1000.
1996 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas were executed.
1998 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics were hit by a butyric acid attacker.
1998 Suharto, Indonesian president of 32 years, resigns.
2004 Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbed Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu’s record from the previous year.
2006 The Republic of Montenegro held a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
2007 The clipper Cutty Sark was badly damaged by fire.
2012 – In Qafa e Vishës bus tragedy near Himara, Albania 13 students of Aleksandër Xhuvani University were killed in bus crash.
2012 – A suicide bombing killed more than 120 people in Sana’a, Yemen.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.