Umbriferous – casting, making or providing shade; shade bringing; shady.
Excitement at wool levy possibilities – Sally Rae:
When Sandra Faulkner was a young girl, her father gave her a valuable message – ”don’t grizzle unless you’re planning on getting involved”.
The Muriwai farmer is now chairwoman of the Wool Levy Group, which is behind next month’s referendum seeking to reintroduce a wool levy.
”I guess it’s never really been an option to sit back and let somebody else do it. You gain the right to comment for being involved,” Mrs Faulkner said. . .
Farmhand pilot programme welcomed – Sally Rae:
Farming is the career path Emma Hollamby knows she wants to follow.
Ms Hollamby (25) was among the first intake of the pilot of the Farmhand training programme, launched in Dunedin last week.
The programme, which runs for 12 weeks, aims to expose the city’s disengaged youth to rural work opportunities.
For Ms Hollamby, who had previously worked on dairy farms and loved the outdoors, it was an opportunity to broaden her horizons and ”get a feel for sheep”. . .
Fonterra has signalled a significant step-up in its relationship with farmers, rolling out Farm Source which will support farmers and their farming businesses and bolster the Co-operative’s connection with rural communities in New Zealand.
Farm Source combines service, support, rewards, digital technology and financial options for farmers together with local Farm Source hubs to support the major dairying regions throughout the country.
Speaking at today’s launch in Methven, Fonterra Chairman John Wilson said Farm Source’s seed was discussions with farmers and the “together as one” principle behind co-operatives.
Brothers show how they grow it in Kansas – Market to Market:
The Kansas prairie is well known for its fields of wheat, soybeans and irrigation rigs.
Tucked into the central part of the sunflower state near Assaria, is a farmstead known around the world.
Well, the world-wide web, that is.
What began as a tribute to the beauty of the Kansas landscape, quickly escalates into a rap parody as performed by the Peterson Brothers; college senior Greg, college freshman Nathan and high school junior Kendal.
Greg Peterson, Assaria, KS: “I was at Sonic and I was with my friends and a song comes on the radio and I’m like all right, it is that stupid song again. And I am going to change the words and my friends thought it was funny and I was like maybe I will make a music video out of that.”
That springtime idea inspired by LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It,” became a summer sensation “I’m Farming and I Grow It.” . . .
A dairy farm worker fired for abusing cows has won a case against his former employer for unfair dismissal on a technicality, even though he was found to have mistreated cattle.
But he will only receive half of the compensation claim because of his actions. . .
Proven animal abuse ought to be grounds for instant dismissal.
Process is important but there’s something wrong when a technical breech costs the employer so dearly even though the judge accepted the evidence against the employee and reduced the amount the employer had to pay.
For some time now the tension between blogging and other items on my things-to-do list has been increasing.
Something has to give, at least for a little while it will be blogging.
I’m not giving up completely.
At the very least the history and word of the day posts will continue and I’ll endeavour to provide a post with a quote or something else to stimulate thought and discussion, but there won’t always be anything else.
1399 Henry IV was proclaimed King of England.
1744 France and Spain defeated the Kingdom of Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna dell’Olmo.
1791 The Magic Flute, the last opera composed by Mozart, premiered at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna.
1813 Battle of Bárbula: Simón Bolívar defeated Santiago Bobadilla.
1832 Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, American labour activist, was born (d. 1905).
1860 Britain’s first tram service begins in Birkenhead, Merseyside.
1882 The world’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin.
1895 Madagascar became a French protectorate.
1903 The new Gresham’s School was officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood.
1906 The Real Academia Galega, Galician language’s biggest linguistic authority, started working in Havana.
1921 Scottish actress Deborah Kerr was born (d 2007).
1924 US author Truman Capote was born.
1927 Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.
1931 Start of “Die Voortrekkers” youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein.
1935 The Hoover Dam, was dedicated.
1935 US singer Johnny Mathis was born.
1938 Britain, France, Germany and Italy signed the Munich Agreement, allowing Germany to occupy the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
1938 The League of Nations unanimously outlawed “intentional bombings of civilian populations”.
1939 General Władysław Sikorski became commander-in-chief of the Polish Government in exile.
1943 Marilyn McCoo, American singer (The 5th Dimension), was born.
1943 Ian Ogilvy, British Actor, was born.
1945 The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire killed 43 people.
1949 The Berlin Airlift ended.
1954 The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus was commissioned as the world’s first nuclear reactor powered vessel.
1955 Film icon James Dean died in a road accident aged 24.
1957 US actress Fran Drescher was born.
1962 Sir Guy Powles became New Zealand’s first Ombudsman.
1962 James Meredith entered the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
1965 The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, was introduced.
1968 The Boeing 747 was shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing Everett Factory.
1970 Jordan made a deal with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) for the release of the remaining hostages from the Dawson’s Field hijackings.
1975 The Hughes (later McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing) AH-64 Apache made its first flight.
1980 Ethernet specifications were published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
1982 Cyanide-laced Tylenol killed six people in the Chicago area.
1986 Martin Guptill, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1986 Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, was kidnapped in Rome.
1990 The Dalai Lama unveiled the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa.
1991 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was forced from office.
1993 An earthquake hit India‘s Latur and Osmanabad district of Marathwada (Au rangabad division) leaving tens of thousands of people dead and many more homeless.
1994 Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground closed after eighty-eight years of service.
1999 Japan’s worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
2004 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat were taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
2004 – The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, was retired from service.
2005 – The controversial drawings of Muhammad were printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
2006 the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.
2009 – The 2009 Sumatra earthquakes killed more than 1,115 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Barmecide – illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing; lavish or plentiful in imagination only; sham; a person who offers benefits that are illusory or disappointing.
Speaking at the official launch of the 2015 BNZ Māori in Farming Award – Sheep & Beef (Ahuwhenua Trophy) at the FoMA Conference in Whanganui this evening, Te Puni Kōkiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite said: “The Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition remains a preeminent showcase for excellence, achievement, and for growing Māori innovation for economic prosperity.”
Looking around the room, Michelle said that those at the conference showed the depth and calibre of talent at the helm of large Māori farming enterprises around the country.
“Over the years, most of these Māori farm enterprises had featured as entrants and finalists in the Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition,” she said. “Today the competition could be credited with driving continued improvements occurring in Māori agribusiness, and which were now pushing it to the forefront of the sector.” . . .
Second hand TradeMe buys boosts farm change – Jill Galloway & Sandra Crosbie:
Ryley Short says that when the Fonterra tanker first came to collect milk at her Mt Stewart farm there were 10 people there cheering. They were all involved in converting the farm to dairy, wanting to see it succeed.
“The tanker driver was a bit surprised,” Ryley says. “He asked if this was the first milk picked up. It was. It had been a sheep and beef farm before the conversion.”
The switch by Ryley Short and her husband Mike to dairying is a conversion with a difference. They have relied a great deal on Trade Me for secondhand equipment, which they often get cheaply. Even the dairy shed came through the online auction website. . .
Daily milksolids (MS) production for each cow on the Waimate West Demonstration Farm near Manaia in Taranaki is at its highest ever.
The daily per cow MS production has reached two kilograms in the third and final season of a trial that’s investigating the viability of integrating cropping on the dairy platform.
Twenty-five per cent of the farm is being planted in crops for the trial.
At last week’s spring field day on the farm, DairyNZ scientist Kevin Macdonald produced figures showing daily milksolids per cow to mid-September was almost half a kilogram higher than last year’s figure of 1.56kg. . . .
Having worked with DairyNZ to analyse the $100m freshwater fund policy, recently announced by the National Party, Federated Farmers believes it could vastly improve water quality outcomes.
“The Fund to retire farmland would be perhaps better interpreted as a policy to create on-farm wetlands,” says Ian Mackenzie, Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson.
“After talking with the team at DairyNZ we’ve arrived at a very different conclusion to that other groups have come up with.
“Instead of looking at this as a linear purchase of land, or trying to recreate MAF’s old farm advisory division, think more along the lines of NIWA’s guidelines for constructed wetlands.
“A fund $10 million a year could purchase at least 286 hectares. Using NIWA guidelines and if turned into strategically located wetlands, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers believe it could remove 60-70 percent of Nitrogen from around 9,500 hectares of farmland. . .
It was sweet success for Villa Maria last evening, collecting nine gold medals and the trophy for Champion Sweet Wine at the New Zealand International Wine Show, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland.
The New Zealand International Wine show is the country’s largest wine show, in its tenth year with over 2000 global entries, it gives recognition to wines that are or will be sold in New Zealand.
The world renowned show organised by Kingsley Wood of First Glass Wines of Auckland, has a panel of over twenty experts judging the high calibre of entrants, overseen by Chief Judge Bob Campbell, MW. . .