Calyculus – a small cup-shaped structure; a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus.
Fieldays: Price rebound tempered – Terry Brosnahan:
Lamb prices will average $95/head for the season and milksolids will be about $6.80/kg ANZ economist Con Williams predicts.
Williams told a seminar audience at the National Fieldays the lamb crop is estimated to be 6-10% down because of fewer breeding ewes and a lower lambing percentage. This means less supply than in the 2011-12 season but globally it won’t mean the prices will be as high as back then. A 17.5kg lamb will be worth $5.40-6/kg or more depending on the size of the lamb crop and procurement behaviour. . .
Fieldays: Kiwi-German technology boosts NZ dairying – Richard Rennie:
The expansion of German giant GEA Farm Technologies in the dairy sector has brought a cross pollination of research and innovation aimed at boosting farm productivity.
This year’s Mystery Creek National Fieldays marked the giant corporation’s first with two New Zealand dairy businesses under its wings.
These were milking equipment company Milfos and hygiene-identification company FIL.
The acquisition of NZ-owned Milfos last year means GEA is represented now in all aspects of dairy operation, from dairy shed equipment to animal identification for mating. . .
Whey powder message is starting to sink in – Richard Rennie:
Telling a compelling case about how a high-grade whey powder can deliver healthier, heavier and ultimately more productive calves requires clearing a few hurdles.
It’s a tough ask, compared sometimes to selling coal to Newcastle, in a country where conventional fat-based milk powder dominates rearing practice.
However, with the industry seeking more productive livestock, it appears AgriVantage managing director Warren Tanner may be hitting the right notes with his whey powder range. . .
Avery NZ”s top ag communicator – RivettingKate Taylor:
Marlborough farmer Doug Avery is willing to talk to anyone about integrating lucerne into pastoral systems to achieve a leap in productivity and profitability.
His enthusiasm and ability in communicating how he has achieved this with spectacular results on his own property have won him the 2013 Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year. . . .
On your plates – KR Connect:
Food trucks, foam, farm-to-table – these are all trends that have influenced what and how we eat over the years, but while some are going strong, others are fading away. Fortunately, there will always be new innovations to keep us eating. Here are five that you may be soon seeing on your plates. . . .
On my way to town a couple of days ago I was following a car that was following a school bus.
The bus indicated to show it was pulling over. As it stopped the car behind it sped up and passed it.
I was tempted to follow the car but I remembered either way it’s 20k – whether you’re following a school bus or passing it going the opposite direction it’s mandatory to slow to 20 kph.
It’s a rule many people are either unaware of or ignore, especially when they’re going in the opposite direction from the bus.
Rural Women NZ are doing their best to educate drivers and that’s what this picture is designed to do:
Question Time this week got a bit boisterous but it also included some gems, amongst which was this:
Katrina Shanks: What reports has he seen on New Zealand’s economic programme and the Government’s approach to turning round the economy?
Hon BILL ENGLISH: I recently read a report from the Australian Financial Review that says: “What immediately stands out is Wellington’s grown-up and stable Government,”. It also says that New Zealand’s bad luck is about to take a turn for the better, and it will reap the benefits of disciplined policy making. The Australian Financial Review, which is not noted for being a cheerleader for New Zealand, notes that New Zealand did not have a mining boom to shield it from the global financial crisis. But it acknowledges that we did have a devastating earthquake in Christchurch and a drought this year. It notes: “John Key’s National Government also had to deal with the legacy of nearly a decade of a back-sliding and big-spending Labour Government.”
It’s not just people like me with a blue bias who realise the nine years of damage inflicted by Labour is among the problems this government has to fix and that its disciplined policy making is making a positive difference.
Listening to the emotional opposition to sale of land to foreigners and to urban sprawl, you’d think we were running out of land.
Luke Malpass shows that isn’t the case:
There is a widespread view that too much of New Zealand is being built upon: along with cows, the main thing we are growing are houses, and that not only are there too many houses but they are also eating into valuable farmland and nature.
There are many reasons for this view, but at a popular level the main reason might be that growth and development happen in areas where people tend to move or travel. People also tend to go where other people are and then complain about there being ‘too many people’. Many folk see new development and extrapolate out to development they cannot see, which often does not exist.
A look at the numbers bears that out: less than 1% of New Zealand is built up, including landfill and highways. Clearly New Zealand is not filling up. Compared to other countries in Europe, New Zealand has very few people and very little land built upon. About 9% of the United Kingdom is built up and 15% of the Netherlands. Even the United States, with more than 300 million people, has only 5% built on land.
Of course, not all of New Zealand can be developed, but the notion that there is cause for concern at this point in time (or in the next few hundred years) is untrue.
As it is, New Zealand is both absolutely and relatively undeveloped. This is to be expected for a nation that is only 170-years-old and with a population of 4.4 million people and covering an area equivalent to the United Kingdom. . . .
It’s true they’re not making any more land, reclamation work excepted.
It’s important that we look after the land we’ve got.
There is a debate to be had over how much we sell to foreigners and how much should be built on.
But we aren’t running out of land.
Sunday’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.