Empath – a person with the paranormal ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual; a person who can understand and appreciate another’s feelings, emotions, etc.
A group of Whangarei high school students has won the top award in the Enterprising Primary Industries Career challenge on how to attract young people into working with bees.
The competition requires students to identify different careers within the primary industry sector and market them to their peers.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy presented the Year 10 students from Huanui College the award for their entry ‘Bee in the Scene’. . .
Designer genes will be the focus of a field day in Central Otago today for fine wool growers on the hunt to find the perfect fit.
The event is organised by the New Zealand Merino Company.
Production science manager Mark Ferguson said as well as animal health and forage being discussed, 40 groups of sheep would be on show in Cromwell to highlight genetic differences. . .
(BusinessDesk) – The Fonterra Shareholders Council is “broadly supportive” of plans for the cooperative to start sourcing milk from South Island suppliers who are not also shareholders, with a couple of caveats.
Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world’s largest dairy exporter, yesterday announced a new milk sourcing subsidiary, mymilk, which would try to get milk in the Canterbury, Otago, and Southland regions where competition for milk supply is most intense from new suppliers on contracts on up to five years without the obligation to purchase shares. The feedback, particularly from new farmers who have recently spent a large amount of money converting farms to dairy, is that they can’t currently afford to now buy shares in the cooperative but would do so at a later date. . .
Who owns the rain? – Gravedodger:
Well apparently in Oregon State of the US, not the land owner whose land it falls on.
Gary Harrington 64, owns 170 acres and has constructed three ponds that accumulate and store around three million liters of snow melt and rain runoff. One of the ponds has been stocked with large mouth bass and the whole resource is available for fire fighting.
My understanding is Harrington did not dam waterways in his water conservation scheme.
Poor old Gary is or has recently spent 30 days in the clink for continuing his storage of water falling on his acreage.
Fonterra Shareholders Council gives nod ‘with caveats’ to new milk supply plan
What in Oregon State has done, is common across NZ farmland where stock water is a restraint on production. There are countless Dams across NZ pastoral lands and the most efficient and longer lasting are built to collect rainfall from very small catchments and not from damming waterways. . .
Primary Industries Minister Hon. Nathan Guy officially opened CRV Ambreed’s new world-class domestic and export-approved bovine semen production and logistics centre today.
The CRV Bellevue Production and Logistics Centre, based on the outskirts of Hamilton, is a purpose-built facility which future-proofs the company with additional capacity to meet the market’s growing demand for its bovine semen products.
The Centre houses a semen collection facility, a semen processing laboratory, storage space for export and domestic products, a warehouse with farmer AI banks, and 38 hectares of grazing paddocks. . .
LIC is merging its farm automation and milking sensor businesses to deliver more integrated technology and meet demand from farmers.
The co-op’s Protrack business will transfer into subsidiary Dairy Automation Limited (DAL) in 2015.
LIC chief executive Wayne McNee said the move follows the co-op’s acquisition of DAL in February, and a lot of discussion between both businesses on how they would work together as one.
“Since the acquisition of DAL we have witnessed a number of key market developments that we will be better placed to leverage as one entity. . . .
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557 – Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake.
835 – Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty conspired to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.
1503 Nostradamus, French astrologer, was born (d. 1566).
1542 Princess Mary Stuart became Queen Mary I of Scotland.
1751 The Theresian Military Academy was founded as the first Military Academy in the world.
1782 The Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon lifts on its first test flight.
1843 The first Auckland A&P Show was held.
1895 King George VI was born (d. 1952).
1896 The Glasgow Underground Railway was opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
1902 The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.
1903 The Wright Brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1918 Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne.
1932 Charlie Rich, American musician, was born (d. 1995).
1946 Patty Duke, American actress, was born.
1948 Kim Beazley, Australian politician, was born.
1949 Cliff Williams, English bassist (AC/DC), was born.
1951 – Lindsay Perigo, New Zealand broadcaster, first leader of Libertarianz Party, was born.
1958 Scottish singer-songwriter Mike Scott, (The Waterboys), was born.
1958 Spider Stacy, English musician (The Pogues), was born.
1962 NASA‘s Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
1963 – Baldwin Hills Reservoir wall burst, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles.
1972 Apollo programme: Eugene Cernan was the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt completed the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of Apollo 17. This was the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.
2008 President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost got struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.
2012 – 28 people, including the gunman, were killed in a mass shooting in Sandy Hook village, Newtown, Connecticut.
2013 – A reported coup attempt in South Sudan led to continued fighting and hundreds of casualties.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.