Cosset – pamper; care for and protect in an over indulgent way; a pet, especially a lamb; a lamb brought up without its dam.
Milking our cows in China – Sally Rae:
Dairy giant Fonterra has the ambitious target of producing up to one billion litres of milk from 30 farms in China by 2020, to cater for the massive burgeoning demand by Chinese for dairy products. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae tours one of the Fonterra farms, near Beijing.
Visit Yutian 2 farm, a 90-minute drive east of Beijing, and, not surprisingly, you discover a slick, high-tech farming operation.
As Fonterra China Farms general manager Nicola Morris sums up, it is about taking the best of Kiwi ingenuity and farming systems, melding it with the best of American and European confinement systems – and doing it in China.
There are 3200 milking cows and 2700 young stock on the property, which is a housed operation involving high-tech, intensive dairy farming systems and three-times-a-day milking. . .
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced that an agreement has been reached in Beijing last night to ensure that New Zealand meat exports to China can resume on a normal basis, starting later today.
“The resolution is comprehensive and will allow normal trade to resume using NZFSA certification, including for product currently in storage, or en route to China,” says Mr Guy.
“This is an important step in resuming trade, now that containers are moving off the wharves and the backlog is clearing.
“It has also been agreed that New Zealand and Chinese officials will work together over the next month on new meat certificates which will allow reliable future access for New Zealand meat into China. . .
New Zealand business confidence rose for the first time in three months, helped by a rebound in sentiment in the agricultural sector and increasing optimism from construction firms.
A net 42 percent of firms expect general business conditions to improve in the year ahead, according to the ANZ Business Outlook, up from 32 percent in the April survey. Firms seeing a pickup in their own business activity in the year ahead improved to 34 percent from 30.3 percent.
Sentiment in agriculture bounced back ahead of Fonterra’s announcement of a steeper-than-expected hike to its forecast 2014 payout to farmers and comes in a month when the trade-weighted index fell about 3.5 percent, extending its slide from a record high in April, and drought earlier in the year broke. . .
The Waikato Innovation Park’s product development spray dryer is going green – avocado green, to be exact.
The country’s only open access product development spray dryer is helping Bay of Plenty company, Avocado Oil New Zealand, dry avocado pulp into a high value powder for use in cosmetic, nutriceutical and food products.
The dryer – known as FoodWaikato – is part of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network, a national network of science and technology resources that supports growth and development of New Zealand food and beverage businesses. . .
Leading farm nutrient supplier Ballance Agri-Nutrients is reducing prices on most major fertiliser products across the board, passing on purchasing savings to customers.
Ballance Chief Executive Larry Bilodeau says prices on most of the co-operative’s core plant nutrients will be reduced by between $10 and $80 per tonne from June 4.
“During the past year we have kept prices very competitive when global prices were increasing. Now we have seen a steady pattern of price declines globally, so we are taking the lead to pass these better prices on to our shareholders and customers. . .
“The increase in food co-operatives in New Zealand is enabling communities to take back control of their food supply, improve relationships between community members and achieve better health outcomes,” says Debbie Swanwick, spokesperson, Soil & Health – Organic NZ.
Food co-operatives provide better quality food, mostly organic, at a cheaper price.
“Stories of the average New Zealander’s desire to remove contaminants in their food (GE, pesticides and additives) by establishing an organic food co-operative in their region will feed the next generation well. New Zealanders seem to have picked up on this worldwide trend at a great rate,” says Swanwick. . .
The management team from the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor have planted over 270 trees in support of regenerative agriculture in New Zealand.
With help from The Family Farm, nine management staff from the hotel journeyed to Mangarara Station in Hawkes Bay and took part in planting native trees on the farmland. Mangarara Station has been a sheep farm for more than 150 years. Through sponsorship from the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, Mangarara Station has undertaken an extensive programme of regenerative planting to help restore the land. The first planting of eco-sourced tree stock took place in 2008 and has now become an annual event. These plantings form the conservation estate which has been created by the owners of Mangarara as a gift to the nation. Mangarara Station was the first project to be supported by the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. . .
Something a little different: soil expert Graham Sait talks about the importance of soil humus and its potential as a way to mitigate climate change at the recent TEDx in Noosa, Queensland. I’m not going to vouch for all his numbers, but as he devotes time to mycorrhizae he’s OK with this truffle grower…
New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2014 South Island Sale is set to make a bold move from its traditional August timeslot and be brought forward to April of next year.
The move to earlier in the year will mean that the 2014 Sale will relinquish its identity as a unique sale of untried two-year-olds and will instead form part of the 2014 National Yearling Sales Series as the new ‘South Island Session’.
As such, yearlings offered through the Sale will have the added benefit of now being eligible for the Karaka Million Series featuring the $1 million Karaka Million (Res.L) for two-year-olds and the $100,000 Karaka 3YO Mile (Res.L) for three-year-olds. . .
Thought of the day:
. . .Bit by bit, mystery is being sucked out of our lives. There isn’t a lot left that can’t be revealed by the click of a mouse. It’s not just that we like to know. Sometimes knowing too much takes the fun out of it. Even dating isn’t what it used to be. Youth don’t go in fresh and unschooled. They stalk each other on Facebook first.
When you know everything there is to know, there is nothing left to discover. We need to protect the mystery in our lives and in our brands. Mystery breeds desire and inspiration. It stokes our hopes and dreams. It emboldens our stories and creates legends. . . Kevin Roberts.
Driving round and round a paddock gives you time to think, but few would think about doing this:
Would a convicted criminal be given a knighthood?
It’s unlikely unless the crime was in the distant past.
Should someone keep a title if s/he is subsequently convicted of a crime?
Alister Taylor reminds us that people have been stripped of honours:
Albert Henry was the first Premier of the Cook Islands from 1965. In 1974 he was made a knight in 1974 and subsequently stripped of this honour by the New Zealand government (then in charge of honours for the Cooks) after his conviction of a criminal offence.
What is a matter of greater significance that has been overlooked is that Sir Douglas Graham was made a member of the Privy Council in 1998. The Privy Council is a a highly esteemed honour among politicians. The Council theoretically advises the Queen, however it it is more honour than substance. Is it appropriate that Right Honourables convicted of criminal offences be members of the Privy Council?
There is an easy way out for the government — strip Doug Graham of his “Right Honourable” but allow him to retain his knighthood.
Another of the convicted men, Bill Jefferies, also holds an honour which is much more pertinent. He is an “honourable”, as was Doug Graham before he became a “Right Honourable” Jeffries retains the right to be addressed as “the honourable” for life. He was accorded this honour in 1990 as a result of his appointment, as a Cabinet Minister, to the Executive Council. Doug Graham had earlier been accorded the same honour. “Honourables” retain this honorific for life.
The OED defines “honourable” as”implying respect; deserving, bringing or showing honour.”.
The third of the convicted men who has an honour is Lawrence Bryant. He holds the high honour of LVO, or Lieutenant of the Victoria Order. This was awarded him by the Queen in 1974 for services to Her Majesty as Assistant Press Secretary. . .
Sir Bob Jones thinks Sir Doug Graham should keep his knighthood because he was unlucky and gullible.
Sir Bob has been convicted himself, but is brushing that under the carpet.
“That doesn’t count because it was for hitting a journalist and that’s accepted, it doesn’t count. They’re to be hit often,” he says.
He’s probably not alone in that sentiment but that’s not the point.
People have lost money and Graham has been judged culpable.
Last night 3 News reported he would withdraw his title himself before it was stripped. Today John Banks hinted that would be the case.
“Sir Douglas is a very very honourable man and outstanding New Zealander. I’m very very saddened with the turn of events,” says Mr Banks.
That would be the honourable thing to do and I think people who are honoured should be honourable.
“Have you noticed that long weekends go faster than shorter ones?”
“That’s more a reflection of fun than time,” she said.
350 Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaimed himself Roman Emperor.
1140 French scholar Peter Abelard was found guilty of heresy.
1326 Treaty of Novgorod delineated borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.
1539 Hernado de Soto claimed Florida for Spain.
1608 Samuel de Champlain completed his third voyage to New France at Tadoussac, Quebec.
1620 Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, began in Quebec City.
1621 The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands.
1658 Pope Alexander VII appointed François de Laval vicar apostolic in New France.
1659 David Gregory, Scottish astronomer and mathematician, was born (d. 1708).
1665 James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeated the Dutch Fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.
1770 Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
1726 James Hutton, Scottish geologist, was born (d. 1797).
1800 U.S. President John Adams took up residence in Washington, D.C. (in a tavern because the White House was not yet completed).
1808 Jefferson Davis, American politician and President of the Confederate States of America was born (d. 1889).
1861 Battle of Philippi (also called the Philippi Races) – Union forces routed Confederate troops in Barbour County, Virginia in first land battle of the War.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Cold Harbor – Union forces attacked Confederate troops in Hanover County, Virginia.
1865 George V was born (d. 1936).
1866 The Fenians were driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario, into the United States.
1885 In the last military engagement fought on Canadian soil Cree leader Big Bear escaped the North West Mounted Police.
1888 The poem “Casey at the Bat“, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Examiner.
1889 The coast to coast Canadian Pacific Railway was completed.
1889 The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States was completed, running 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
1916 The Reserve Officer Training Corp, ROTC , was established by the U.S. Congress.
1916 – The National Defense Act was signed into law, increasing the size of the United States National Guard by 450,000 men.
1921 Forbes Carlile, Australian Olympic swimmer and coach, was born.
1924 Jimmy Rogers, American blues guitarist, was born (d. 1997).
1935 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers boarded freight cars in Vancouver, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
1936 Sir Colin “Pine Tree” Meads, farmer and former All Black, was born.
1940 – World War II: The Battle of Dunkirk ended with a German victory and Allied forces in full retreat.
1947 Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T.Rex), was born (d. 2003).
1950 Suzi Quatro, American musician and actress, was born.
1956 British Railways renamed ‘Third Class’ passenger facilities as ‘Second Class’ (Second Class facilities had been abolished in 1875, leaving just First Class and Third Class).
1962 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru, was born.
1962 An Air France Boeing 707 charter, Chateau de Sully crashed after an aborted takeoff from Paris, killing 130.
1963 The Buddhist crisis: Soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam attacked protesting Buddhists in Huế, with liquid chemicals from tear gas grenades, causing 67 people to be hospitalised for blistering of the skin and respiratory ailments.
1963 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
1969 Melbourne-Evans collision: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne cut the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half.
1973 A Soviet supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 crashed near Goussainville killing 14, the first crash of a supersonic passenger aircraft.
1979 A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico caused at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters.
1982 The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, was shot on a London street. He survived but was permanently paralysed.
1989 The government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.
1989 SkyDome was officially opened in Toronto.
1991 Mount Unzen erupted in Kyūshū, Japan, killing 43 people, all of them either researchers or journalists.
1992 Aboriginal Land Rights were granted in Australia in Mabo v Queensland (1988), a case brought about by Eddie Mabo.
1998 Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derailed in Lower Saxony causing 101 deaths.
2006 The union of Serbia and Montenegro ended with Montenegro’s formal declaration of independence.
2007 USS Carter Hall engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia