Induratize – to make one’s own heart hardened or resistant to someone’s pleas or advances, or to the idea of love.
Dairy farms set to beat compliance deadline – Tony Benny:
DairyNZ hopes to have all dairy farmers in the Amuri Basin signed up to its Sustainable Milk Plans by the end of the year, meaning they will comply with new Environment Canterbury environmental regulations well before the 2017 deadline.
The plans are based on a voluntary scheme in the Waikato, tweaked to comply with requirements of the Hurunui Waiau River Regional Plan, which came into force in December, under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
“The ultimate goal is this will tick all the boxes so at the moment, as I understand it, it does meet all the requirements of Schedule 2 of the Hurunui plan and Schedule 7 of the Land and Water Regional Plan which are both the farm environment plan schedules,” said DairyNZ catchment manager Canterbury Tony Fransen. . . .
For cows daughters mean more milk – Chris Cash:
The amount of milk a cow produces is affected by the sex of her fetus, a new study reports.
Cows that gave birth to a daughter produced considerably more milk than those that had sons. And back-to-back daughters led to a bonanza of milk from their mothers — over two 305-day lactation periods, nearly 1,000 pounds more milk than from cows that had given birth to sons, an increase of 3 percent.
The study, described in the journal PLoS ONE, could have implications for dairy farmers and for new discoveries about human breast milk. . .
NZ vs Aus – who wins at the farmgate? – Freshagenda:
What the green and black bars on the chart indicate (in US dollars this time) is that since 2009, Australian farmgate prices have been more resilient when there have been downturns in the international market, while New Zealand’s prices have responded more quickly and fully when commodity prices head upwards. . .
As a commodity producer of primarily agricultural products, New Zealand is not in a favourable position to dictate what goes on in the global marketplace. However, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, Dr Mark M.J. Wilson , says by looking at the supply chain as a total system, there is the opportunity for businesses to compete through collaboration.
“New Zealand Inc tends to get buried as a supplier within the supply chain,” says Dr Wilson. “For example, our milk products get wrapped up as supply commodities to major confectionery brands that then capture the benefit of their branding to the consumers. So New Zealand gets paid as a commodity player, while the confectionery giant gets the profit from the brand ownership.
“No longer do businesses compete against businesses; rather we need to think about value chains competing against value chains.. .
Two charts about animal use in research – Thomas Lumley:
Prompted by Siouxsie Wiles’s report of talking to an anti-vivisectionist demonstrator, here are two charts from the annual report of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. These are the people who monitor the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching in New Zealand.
The first chart shows what types of animals are used and what happens to them afterwards. . .
A highly successful multi-purpose hospitality and commercial accommodation business being run as a “hobby” by its current owners has been placed on the market for sale.
The Dairy Flat property north of Auckland combines two business operations with a home on a 4.7 hectare lifestyle section, offering potential new owners the best of both professional and lifestyle worlds.
Located at 48 Young Access in the rural community 25 minutes north of Auckland, the property encompasses a boutique bed and breakfast business with a private residence, a purpose-built glass house function pavilion and a smaller dwelling used as commercial accommodation. . .
Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:
* 50 Reasons We’re Living Through the Greatest Period in World History by Morgan Housel at The Motley Fool.
* A working mother writes to a stay at home mother and a stay at home mother writes to a working one by Carolyn Ee at Healthy Doctor.
Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum is the first New Zealand batsman to score 300 runs in a test.
He got to 298, hit a four and in doing so broke Martin Crowe’s record of 299 runs.
That he was caught on the next ball doesn’t matter, but does indicate whatbit took to break the record.
It was a wonderful feat for him and his supporting partner Jimmy Neesham who scored his maiden century.
Keeping Stock has more statistics.
Quote of the day:
“The other analogy I have learned quite a lot is this idea that life’s like the drafting race because you learn quickly, farming, all the things that begin with D like drenching and drafting, docking and dagging, getting into debt and dealing with DOC. If you go up the drafting race, even for a ewe you have to look good: You mustn’t limp, head up, eyes forward don’t show your teeth if they aren’t terribly good, clean bum, good digestion, good tits – the whole way – because you want to go to the right, to the mixed age ewe mob, because [then] you get kind dogs and good food. Straight ahead is not much fun because you will end up a chop on the table. – Christine Fernyhough
The ‘living wage’ has increased by 40 cents in just a few months:
The new figure for a living wage was also up from last year, with campaigners saying it now costs $18.80 an hour to feed two adults and two children in New Zealand.
The wage is based on a family with two children, where one adult is working full-time and the other half-time at the same wage.
The calculations come from the Anglican Family Centre research unit and are up 2.1 percent from last year’s estimate of $18.40 an hour. . .
The figures come from surveyed spending of the poorest half of Kiwi families with two adults and two children. Costs are figured on average New Zealand-wide rents for the cheapest quarter of three-bedroom houses and food costs for foods that meet Otago University’s nutritionists’ “basic” diet of nutritious food.
. . . Labour Minister Simon Bridges said the figure seemed to be “much more what they feel rather than what good evidence suggests is right”.
He said raising the legal minimum wage to the original figure of $18.40 would cost employers $2.3 billion a year and wipe out 24,000 jobs. . .
If they think you need an extra $60 when you have a new baby who costs very little, how long before they think you need at least that when the baby is older?
Are Maori and Pacific programmes on television politically neutral?
Several times when I’ve watched the Maori news programme Te Karere, or Tangata Pacifica I’ve wondered if they were biased towards the left in general and Labour in particular. Revelations by TV3 add fuel to my suspicions:
3 News can reveal state broadcaster TVNZ is being used as a campaign base by Labour Party activists.
They’ve even held a meeting in TVNZ’s Maori and Pacific Unit aimed at fundraising for Labour.
The unit’s manager, Shane Taurima, has held ambitions to become a Labour MP and his staff have been arranging Labour Party business, using TVNZ facilities like email.
Mr Taurima has resigned following the revelation.
Mr Taurima’s a Labour Party activist. He could be standing as a Labour MP this election.
Documents obtained by 3 News show the state broadcaster is being used to help Labour’s cause.
Labour’s electorate committee for the Auckland Maori seat Tamaki Makarau has been using TVNZ as a base.
Last year, a meeting was held at the Maori and Pacific unit’s Hobson headquarters, next to TVNZ’s main building, with Labour Party activists swiped through security.
On the agenda was “fundraising” – making money for the Labour Party.
The unit produces news, current affairs and documentary programmes like Te Karere, Marae Investigates and Waka Huia. Mr Taurima has managerial and editorial control. . .
Using a workplace for political, or any other activity, without the employers’ permission is wrong but that would be between the employer and staff in a private business.
This employer isn’t a private business. It’s a publicly funded state broadcaster which is supposed to provide fair, balanced and politically neutral reporting.
Is it my bias which makes some of the Maori and Pacific programmes seem biased or has the political activism of some employees influenced what’s been broadcast?
The national in RadioNZ National has nothing to do with the party, it’s used in the sense of nationwide.
TVNZ’s board and management must ensure that anything to do with labour at the state broadcaster is in the sense of work, not the party or politics.
3102 BC Epoch of the Kali Yuga.
1229 The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signed a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
1478 George, Duke of Clarence, who was convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, was executed.
1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
1814 The Battle of Montereau.
1841 The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate began and lasted until March 11.
1846 Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.
1861 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
1873 Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski was executed in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
1884 Mark Twain‘s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time.
1901 Winston Churchill made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.
1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician was born (d. 1980).
1911 The first official flight with air mail took place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
1913 Raymond Poincaré becomes President of France.
1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American editor, was born (d. 2012).
1929 The first Academy Awards were announced.
1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
1932 – The Empire of Japan declared Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
1933 Yoko Ono, Japanese-born singer, was born.
1933 Mary Ure, Scottish actress, was born (d. 1975).
1936 Jean Auel, American writer, was born.
1943 – The Nazis arrested the members of the White Rose movement.
1946 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor, was born.
1950 Cybill Shepherd, American actress, was born.
1953 Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), was born.
1954 John Travolta, American actor, was born.
1954 The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California.
1955 Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot “Wasp” was successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons.
1957 Walter Bolton, a Wanganui farmer was the last man to be hanged in New Zealand.
1957 Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi was executed by the British colonial government.
1960 Greta Scacchi, Australian actress, was born.
1965 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1969 The Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 disaster occurred, killing all on board.
1977 The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle was carried on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
1979 Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
1982 “Queen of Crime” Dame Ngaio Marsh died.
1983 Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
1991 The IRA exploded bombs in the early morning at both Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
2001 FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union.
2003 Nearly 200 people died in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
2004 Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, died near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulphur, petrol and fertiliser caught fire and exploded.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia