Bowyang – a cord or strap tied around a worker’s trousers just below the knee.
Time for tough calls – Annette Scott:
South Canterbury farmers expect their region to be declared a drought zone before the end of the month, unless rain falls.
Dairy farmer Brent Isbister predicts milk production on his farm will be back at least 15% for the season going on the way his business is tracking with the emerging drought.
Before December his 1150-cow herd was producing 3% ahead of last year but with water restrictions since mid-December, milk flow was now 20% down. . .
Stock cut back as drought looms – Tim Cronshaw:
North Canterbury farmers in dry hotspots are two to three weeks away from a drought.
Farmers are calling the dry run typical for North Canterbury after easier summers lately and a return to the summers of their youth.
They are feeding stock extra supplies and have de-stocked ewes from properties and sold lambs to the store market which they might normally finish themselves to get better prices.
Federated Farmers North Canterbury president Lynda Murchison said farmers around their sheep and beef property in Weka Pass were dry and would go into drought without rain in the next few weeks. . .
Milk collection up; dry fears – Dene Mackenzie:
Fonterra’s New Zealand collection is 4% higher for the season to date but the dairy co-operative issued a warning about the effect dry conditions were having on the east coast of the South Island.
Farmers would be watching closely as irrigation restrictions might be put in place.
Fonterra released statistics for the seven months to December and said the collection rate was 3% higher in December than in the previous corresponding period, as well as being 4% higher for the seven months. . .
Meat goes same way as oil – Dene Mackenzie:
The ASB Commodity Price Index started the year with a fall in all denominations, mainly due to the dipping sheep/beef index.
The 2.7% fall in US dollar terms in the sheep/beef index was largely shared by beef (price down 3.4%) and lamb (down 2.7%).
Dairy prices were flat before the 3.6% overall rise in the GlobalDairyTrade auction. ASB rural economist Nathan Penny said the year started with commodity markets very much in the headlines. . .
Forest and Bird says clearing pests from New Zealand would have significant economic benefits for the country’s primary production and public health.
The Predator Free New Zealand Trust aims to clear New Zealand of rats, stoats and possums in just a few decades by concentrating research on new removal techniques such as introducing infertile males.
Forest and Bird spokesperson Kevin Hackwell said vertebrate pests cost the primary production sector about $3 billion a year. . .
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Peterson Farm Bros latest video: All About That Beef, I’m So Farmer, Let it Grow (Farm Parody Medley)
This promised to be the season when sheep and beef farmers would get a decent return.
It started well but the weather is taking the gloss off the market.
High temperatures, wind and no rain are leaving farmers with too little feed, forcing stock on to the market at lower weights, and prices, than budgeted.
In the last few days I’ve driven from North Otago, through the Pig Route to Millers Flat, on to Wanaka, over the Crown Range to Queenstown, back to Wanaka then home through the Lindis Pass.
The only paddocks with decent feed were irrigated.
Last year farmers struggled to get crop in because it was too wet. This year those on dry land are facing poor harvests because it’s too dry.
It’s not officially a drought yet but it’s very, very dry and the whole of Otago is now under a total fire ban.
475 Basiliscus became Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.
1528 – Gustav I of Sweden crowned king.
1729 Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, was born (d. 1797).
1777 Mission Santa Clara de Asís was founded in what is now Santa Clara, California.
1808 The meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society,was held in Edinburgh.,
1848 The Palermo rising in Sicily against the Bourbon kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
1863 – Swami Vivekananda, Indian philosopher, was born (d. 1902).
1866 The Royal Aeronautical Society was formed in London.
1872 Yohannes IV was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
1876 Jack London, American author, was born (d. 1916).
1893 Hermann Göring, German Nazi official, was born.
1895 The National Trust was founded in the United Kingdom.
1906 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman‘s cabinet (which included amongst its members H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarked on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.
1908 A long-distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
1911 The University of the Philippines College of Law was formally established; three future Philippine presidents were among the first enrollees.
1915 The Rocky Mountain National Park was formed by an act of U.S. Congress.
1915 The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1916 Pieter Willem Botha, South African politician, was born (d. 2006).
1917 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist, was born (d. 2008).
1918 Finland’s “Mosaic Confessors” law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens.
1932 Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate
1932 Des O’Connor, British television presenter, was born.
1941 Long John Baldry, British blues singer, was born (d. 2005).
1945 Maggie Bell, Scottish singer (Stone the Crows), was born.
1946 Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & the Family Stone), was born.
1951 Kirstie Alley, American actress, was born.
1952 John Walker, New Zealand middle distance runner, was born.
1954 Queen Elizabeth II opened a special session of the New Zealand Parliament in its centennial year. It was the first time New Zealand’s Parliament had been opened by a reigning monarch
1964 Rebels in Zanzibar began the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaimed a republic.
1968 Heather Mills, British activist and model, was born
1970 Biafra capitulated, ending the Nigerian civil war.
1974 Melanie Chisholm, British singer (Spice Girls), was born.
1976 The UN Security Council voted 11-1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organisation to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).
1992 A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, was approved by a referendum in Mali.
1998 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
2004 The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.
2005 Deep Impact launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
2006 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declared that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
2006 A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
2010 – The 2010 Haiti earthquake killed at least 230,000 and destroyed the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.