Refection – : refreshment of mind, spirit, or body; especially : nourishment; refreshment with food or drink; a light meal; reingestion of fecal material to obtain nutrients, as practiced by rabbits and rats.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand compiles lamb, mutton and beef export statistics for the country. The following summarises activity during the first quarter of the 2014-15 meat export season (1 October 2014 to 31 December 2014).
A more favourable exchange rate and strong demand – particularly for beef – saw average meat export returns improve in the first quarter of the 2014-15 season. . .
Parched land alarms farmers – David Loughrey:
The reality of Otago’s continuing dry weather is beginning to bite hard and an end to irrigation for some farmers is taking a financial toll.
Andrew and Lynnore Templeton have been a full week in a brown, baking Middlemarch with no water available from a Taieri River running below its minimum flow.
Federated Farmers said farmers were becoming alarmed at how fast the land was drying out, while the Otago Regional Council said it was continuing meetings with farmers to try to deal with the situation. . .
Soils are drying out fast around the country, but above the ground it’s a different story, with grass and feed supplies looking good in many parts of the country, says industry body DairyNZ.
General manager of extension, Craig McBeth, says DairyNZ is closely monitoring the soil moisture and feed levels in all regions in case it needs to quickly ramp up support for farmers having a dry summer coming on top of a low seasonal milk price.
“It is already severely dry in parts of Canterbury and North Otago and farmers there are facing serious measures with some irrigation restrictions now in place. The south of the Wairarapa is also very dry. The soil moisture data is also showing us that the rest of the country is on the brink of heading into dryer than average soil moisture conditions. We need to see some rain soon to reduce the risk of a normal dry summer turning into something more serious,” he says. . .
Beef farmers across the country are putting their best entries forward for the thirteenth annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin Competition.
The highly anticipated competition, sponsored by Zoetis, seeks to find New Zealand’s most tender and tasty steak, an award taken seriously by those in the industry.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand CEO, Dr Scott Champion, says the competition is a great platform to showcase the New Zealand beef industry and illustrates the great care farmers take in producing the best quality beef.
“It’s also a competition keenly contested by beef farmers who strive to take the coveted Steak of Origin title,” says Champion. . . .
(BusinessDesk) – The most serious algal toxin threat to New Zealand shellfish can now be detected faster and at around a quarter of the previous cost through a new test method likely to be introduced this year.
The test for paralytic shellfish toxin (PST), the most serious of shellfish poisoning syndromes caused by harmful algae, has been developed by New Zealand’s Cawthron Institute in collaboration with the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science.
Cawthron researchers developed the world’s first instrumental test method for marine toxins in seafood using marine biotoxins it sells for more than $100,000 per teaspoonful to laboratories worldwide after some people fell sick from eating shellfish affected by algal blooms in the 1990s. . .
Potato shortage has upside in Southland – Phil McCarthy:
They’re eating our potatoes in the North Island, and in Taiwan too.
A nationwide potato shortage is leaving some chip-lovers pining for their favourite flavours, with some Southland supermarkets posting notices in chip aisles apologising for supply shortages. However, one Southland company is making up for a shortage of fresh potatoes in the central North Island – and tip-toeing into exporting fresh potatoes to Asia.
Pyper’s Produce director Brent Lamb said it was not very often the Branxholme-based growers sold potatoes into the North Island but they had since late November because poor growing conditions there had limited the supply of fresh potatoes. . .
Advance Parties, a Deer Industry NZ initiative designed to help farmers increase the profitability of their farm businesses, is getting runs on the board. At the end of the first year of a three-year trial co-funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund, there are eight Advance Parties underway, involving 89 farms.
Project manager Amy Wills says Advance Party members are committed to personal and farm business development, sharing their data, methods, plans, results, problems and successes. It’s very different to a farm discussion group.
Because members lay all their cards on the table, Advance Party meetings are limited to the participating farmers, their families and staff, plus a facilitator. Meetings are not open to the public or the media. . .
New Zealand Winegrowers has launched a Mandarin-language website to support ongoing marketing activities in China.
The site, www.nz-wine.cn, features information about New Zealand’s wine-growing regions and key grape varietals with content mirroring the flagship English-language site www.nzwine.com. In addition it includes details of upcoming events in Mainland China, links to social media platforms Weibo and WeChat, and offers insight to the New Zealand wine industry’s widespread commitment to sustainability. . .
1. Who said: To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.?
2. Which are the four biggest religions (by number of followers) in the world?
3. It’s croire in Friench, credere in Italian, creer in Spanish and whakapono in Maori, what is it in English?
4. In which countries were the Shinto and Jainism religions founded (each in a different country)?
5. Should blasphemy be a criminal offence?
Ward-Davies – ‘Dozy’ in the British band – passed away on Tuesday following a short illness.
The bassist was a founding member of the group, which enjoyed hits with ‘Hold Tight!’, ‘Bend It!’, ‘The Legend of Xanadu’, and ‘Zabadak!’ in their 1960s heyday before breaking up in 1972 following the departure of frontman Dee three years earlier. . .
The University of Notre Dame in Indiana compiled the new list, which puts New Zealand and Scandinavian countries at the top and sub-Saharan African countries at the bottom.
The rankings reflect a combination of the preparations each country has made and how vulnerable they are, in terms of their location and climate. Factors taken into account include reliability of safe drinking water, crop yields, infrastructure and heatwave hazards.
New Zealand is ranked the fourth-most ready and fifth-least vulnerable, but is pipped on the overall list by Norway, which is the fourth-least vulnerable country and fifth-most ready. . .
Top 10 countries placed to deal with climate change
Bottom 10 countries
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central African Republic
The report’s analysis of New Zealand shows:
|Projected change of cereal yields||2.23||0|
|Projected population growth||0.03||0.165|
|food import dependency||0.35||0.345|
|Projected change of annual runoff||-0.01||0.012|
|Projected change of annual groundwater recharge||-0.01||0.023|
|Fresh water withdrawal rate||1.45||0.015|
|water dependency ratio||0||0|
|Access to reliable drinking water||100.00||0|
|Projected change of deaths from climate change induced diseases||1.03||0.132|
|Projected change of malaria hazard||0.50||0.439|
|Dependency on external resource for health services||0||0|
|Access to improved sanitation facilities||–||–|
|Projected change of biome distribution||0.63||0.656|
|Projected change of marine biodiversity||3.11||1.000|
|Natural capital dependency||0.12||0.216|
|Engagement in international environmental conventions||0.53||0.470|
|Projected change of heatwave hazard||75.45||0.666|
|Projected change of flood hazard||0.05||0.302|
|Age dependency ratio||0.34||0.140|
|Quality of trade and transport infrastructure||3.42||0.395|
|Projected change of hydropower generation capacity||0||0|
|Projected change of sea level rise impacts||0.01||0.126|
|Dependency on imported energy||14.27||0.143|
|Population living under 5m above sea level||12.56||0.521|
Most of the political focus is on attempts to counter climate change.
Ensuring we are prepared to deal with its impact is at least as important.
A big part of that is drought-proofing agriculture with more reliable irrigation to ensure we can feed ourselves and produce food for countries not able to produce enough themselves.
588 BC – Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign.
69 – Otho seized power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
1493 – Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
1559 Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
1622 Molière, (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) French playwright, was born (d. 1673).
1759 The British Museum opened.
1842 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian saint, was born (d. 1909)
1893 Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor, was born (d. 1951).
1902 King Saud of Saudi Arabia, was born (d. 1969).
1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, was born (d. 1975).
1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, was born (d. 1939).
1913 Lloyd Bridges, American actor, was born (d. 1998).
1914 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian, was born (d. 2003).
1919 Maurice Herzog, French mountaineer, first to ascend an 8000m peak, Annapurna in 1950, was born (d. 2012).
1919 – Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston burst and a wave of molasses poured through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born (d. 1968).
1936 The first building to be completely covered in glass was completed in Toledo, Ohio ( built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company).
1943 – The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
1966 The government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in Nigeria was overthrown in a military coup d’état.
1969 The Soviet Union launched Soyuz 5.
1970 United States Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s three-day visit to New Zealand sparked some of the most violent anti-Vietnam War demonstrations seen in this country.
1973 Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
1977 The Kälvesta air disaster killed 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden‘s history.
1991 The United Nations’ deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expired, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
2001 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, went online.
2005 – ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered elements including calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
2009 US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survived.
2013 – A train carrying Egyptian Army recruits derailed near Giza, Greater Cairo, killing 19 and injuring 120 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.