Word of the day

September 22, 2013

Patience – the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset;  quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper or irritation; ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; a European dock, Rumex patientia,  of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable; game of cards played by one player.

Simple truth

September 22, 2013

Simple Truth - Story of the Day </p> <p>Her whole life shifted the day she started to tell the truth about what made her happy I never knew it could be that simple, she said</p> <p>http://tinyurl.com/k8t3mlh Story People by Brian Andreas.

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Rural round-up

September 22, 2013

Rural sector key for many of Otago’s SMEs – Dene Mackenzie:

More than half of Otago small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) receive business income from the rural sector.Kiwibank group manager business markets Mark Stephen said with New Zealand’s agricultural sector economic growth lagging in the three months ended in June, the drought had squeezed the sector.

Even those small enterprises which did not directly deal with the rural sector were found to be supplying customers who did deal directly with farmers. . .

Hunter Downs project gathering momentum – Sally Brooker:

An irrigation project taking Waitaki River water further into South Canterbury is gathering momentum.

The Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme has been awarded $640,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Irrigation Acceleration Fund. It will help pay for engineering design, an investigation into demand from landowners, and a fundraising prospectus.

”This part of South Canterbury has regular droughts,” Irrigation Acceleration Fund manager Kevin Steel said.

”The HDI Scheme is a large-scale infrastructure initiative that hopes to significantly address this problem.

”Where agriculture is New Zealand’s largest export earner, irrigation infrastructure contributes significantly to supporting the country’s ongoing economic growth.” . . .

“Logistical nightmare’ sorting out mess – Ruth Grundy:

Immigration New Zealand is to work with Canterbury-based irrigation companies to get more specialist workers into the country to fix storm- damaged irrigators.

Last week, Irrigation New Zealand said the wind storms which ravaged the region had caused ”unprecedented” damage to more than 800 irrigators.

Irrigation NZ chief executive Andrew Curtis said machinery from South to North Canterbury had been damaged by high winds but the bulk of the damage was to machinery around Ashburton, Selwyn and Waimakariri.

”It’s very, very serious,” Mr Curtis said. . .

Tagging technology tackles possums:

Kiwi ingenuity combined with forensic science techniques has produced a method of identifying individual possums that has the potential to also be used in the fields of environmental and human science.

Dr James Ross  from the Centre of Wildlife Management and Conservation at Lincoln University is using a locally-developed, activity interference device (WaxTag®) baited with attractant substances to identify individual brushtail possums biting the tags.

In the absence of an efficient and cost-effective alternative to estimating the abundance of possums after control methods have been applied, the residual trap-catch index (RTCI) remains the monitoring standard at present. However, RTCI is not sensitive in locating survivors when the population is at very low densities and it is costly because traps need to be checked daily. . .

New scholarship helps students and industry alike:

Lincoln University PhD students Laura Buckthought and Travis Ryan-Salter have been awarded $10,000 each as the first recipients of the new Alexanders Agribusiness Scholarship.

The generous scholarship is exclusive to Lincoln University and awarded on behalf of Alexanders Chartered Accountants who created the scholarship with the aim of helping committed, high calibre postgraduate students undertaking research in the primary sector.

The company Directors did consider opening the scholarship up to students from other universities, but chose to make it exclusive to Lincoln on account of the University’s focus on the land-based industries relative to New Zealand’s key commercial interests. . .

Video sensation Peterson Farm Brothers at the Farm Science Review – we’re just Kansas farm kids – Susan Crowell:

LONDON, Ohio — They’re just typical farm kids.

They’d rather run the combine than the truck during wheat harvest, and they love to run their six-row Kemper chopper they call the Beast Machine. Their first chore was throwing flakes of hay bales to the cattle on their feedlot, and they remember when their dad let them drive the tractor in first gear, inching down the feedbunk while he tossed feed to the cows — “I know it was before I was even in school!”. Their idea of dressing up is something other than an old T-shirt with the sleeves cut off. They hate going out in freezing weather to break up the ice on the waterers for the cows, or cleaning up the outdoor feed bunk after it rains. They post pictures of newly cut alfalfa or eartags on Facebook. . .


September 22, 2013

6/10 in NBR’s Biz Quiz.

What housing crisis?

September 22, 2013

While would-be home owners in some parts of Auckland and most of Christchurch are worried about housing prices, here’s what you can get for an asking price of $468,000 in Oamaru:


This substantial, quality character home perched overlooking the picturesque Oamaru historic precinct, ocean and coast, retains it’s many fantastic original features: magnificent rimu and embossed ceilings; polished floors throughout; 3 large bay windows; abundant leadlights; wooden balustrade staircase; 3 tiled fireplaces and a stunning wetback iron/copper coal range – all working; high ceilings; arches – genuine character abounds.

A formal living room, large dining, family room (or 4th bedrm/study/library) with storeroom, large single and 2 dble bedrooms – the master receives the sunrise sea vista and opens into a sunroom, stepping out to the tiled balcony commanding a glorious panorama of the coast over stone steeples and facades of Oamarus’ heritage township. Built in wardrobes and plenty of storage throughout. 2 toilets, shower, shower over clawfoot bath.

The original enclosed veranda has been converted to a modern kitchen – facing views and sun, with a recent addition of a laundry and 2nd bathroom. Step out onto a large sheltered, sun drenched patio/terrace complete with ‘garden house’ nook to enjoy the trees and sea view.

The 1012m2 section boasts heritage roses, a charming private back garden rambling amidst fruit trees, garden shed, vegetable plots, rich soil, hedges and abundant vegetation, while the more formal front yard is flanked by not one but two Oamaru stone garages.

A few minutes walk will take you to Oamarus’ amazing Victorian precinct, Botanic gardens, marina, supermarkets or enviable MainStreet amenities and attractions.

New Daikin heat pump and alarm system, Sky dish. House size approximately 240m2
‘Coll Croft’ 24 Wansbeck Street, South Hill, Oamaru.
A truly amazing opportunity.

Oamaru offers fantastic lifestyle appeal and incredible value, being recently voted NZ’s ‘sharpest’ town! Find out more http://www.visitoamaru.co.nz.

That’s still a lot of money, but there are other more affordable options such as this one with an asking price of $189,000:

• Open plan kitchen/dining
• 3 double bedrooms
• Sep. lounge & study
• Single garage & workshop
• 1012m2 section with offstreet parking
• Sunny South Hill location

A spacious section with options: plants & pets, a playground or parking all those vehicles. . .

In between those is this brand new house with an asking price of $385,000:

We don’t have a housing crisis, we have a supply problem in a very few areas.


September 22, 2013

I like the idea that good deeds aren’t boomerangs which you should expect to return but batons you pass on.

However, I also believe you reap what you sow and this illustrates how kindness is returned by kindness.

Agribusiness & food degree to fill gap in industry

September 22, 2013

Lincoln University is proposing a new Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing degree which will target people looking for careers further along the food chain in processing, marketing and retail.

While agriculture and food have been at the core of that specialisation for more than a century, heightened awareness of global food supply and quality opportunities has led the university to refocus its agribusiness and food education and associated research programmes.

“This new degree will look at food innovation, the science around processing and technology, and production systems,” Lincoln University senior lecturer in agribusiness management Nic Lees said.

“It will also include marketing and agribusiness management, so people come out with an understanding of the technical food aspects and issues, as well as food marketing and management skills.”

While Lincoln traditionally had strengths in its three Bachelor of Agriculture Science, Commerce (Agriculture), and Food Science courses, all of which had grown rapidly in recent years, the opportunity to offer a degree specifically focused to the agri-food industry outside the specific farm roles had been realised, he said.

“These traditional courses prepare people for farm management, rural financial, and technical roles, either directly onfarm or farm facing but a big chunk of agri-food business is not covered.”

The new degree would target students looking to enter the agribusiness sector but not necessarily wanting to work on a farm or own a farm, Lees said.

“We need to make these agri-food business careers more accessible for students. We (Lincoln) are very good at the production side but we need people who also understand the business and marketing of that.” . . .

This is a very good idea.

We’re very good at primary production and processing, we’re not as good as we need to be at adding value further along the food chain and marketing.

There is a gap in the qualification market which this degree could fill to the benefit of students, the university, producers, processors and the economy.


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