Apocrisiary – a delegate or deputy; especially, the pope’s nuncio or legate at Constantinople; a person appointed to give answers.
Clever clover management boosts output at Tempello – Tony Benny:
Tempello Station has been in David Grigg’s family for 101 years. The 4800-hectare property lies between the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, climbing from 100 metres, just out of Renwick, up to 1000m in the hills south of Blenheim.
It’s mix of intensively managed flats and lower hill country and lightly stocked high run country and carries 10,495 stock units, 51.4 per cent cattle and 48.6 per cent sheep. There’s also 13ha in grapes, grown on contract.
Over the past 10 years or so, David and wife Jo have fine-tuned their system and by getting the most out of their sub clover they’ve upped total meat production from 60 tonnes to 76 tonnes, despite having fewer ewes. . .
Special Quarterly Edition
Special edition: Cherry picking in the USA and the US dairy renaissance
A better milk price will have to wait until next season after all
Parity against the Australian dollar is a possibility for the NZ dollar this year
Special topic: Cherry picking in the USA: The US dairy renaissance
The NZ dairy production outlook is not as bad as first feared according to the latest ASB Farmshed Economics Report. Prices have moved to reflect this changing view – up sharply in February on the plunging production fears, and then down by a lesser amount as those fears eased. . .
A new aerial imaging tool is capturing the attention of the agriculture sector with its ability to provide nutrient, soil and water information about land.
Massey University bought the $500,000 imaging system from Finland for a primary growth partnership programme involving the Ministry for Primary Industries and fertiliser company Ravensdown, which aims to improve how fertiliser is applied to hill country.
The university’s Professor in Precision Agriculture, Ian Yule, says the sensor, which is attached to a plane, can capture large amounts of information on the nutrient content of land. That information may have previously been inaccessible.
“We can use it to identify the nutrient concentration in pasture or any crop that we would want to look at. We can identify different plant types, different species. We think we can find the differences between cultivars and so on, just from looking at the crop from the air. It’s a very fast developing technology but I think we’re kind of in the forefront with it here, with the use we’re trying to make of it.” . . .
It was a natural progression for Greymouth’s Kelvin and Heather McKay to take out the 2015 West Coast/Top of the South Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year title – the couple were last year’s runners-up and placed third in 2013.
Kelvin and Heather McKay were the major winners at the 2015 West Coast/Top of the South Dairy Industry Awards at Shantytown last night, winning $7100 in prizes. The other big winners were Thomas and Hannah Oats, the region’s 2015 Farm Managers of the Year, and Danny Mitchell, the 2015 Dairy Trainee of the Year.
“Entering the competition made us look closely at all aspects of our business,” the McKay’s said. “It has made us focus more on what it is we want to achieve and identify areas of our farming operation which we can improve.” . . .
Kiwifruit grower and post-harvest entity Te Awanui Huka Pak has congratulated growers for turning out in record numbers for the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) grower referendum.
“Maori are a key driving force in the kiwifruit industry, and the KISP process was about ensuring that this industry creates wealth for Maori both now and for future generations” says Te Awanui Huka Pak Chair Neil Te Kani.
“With a record voter turnout and over 90% support for all recommendations, the kiwifruit industry is in a strong position to deliver a strong economic growth platform for Maori” says Mr Te Kani.
“Te Awanui Huka Pak are strong supporters of the Single Point of Entry (SPE) structure as this is a crucial element to increase wealth for Maori in the industry. To see 98% grower support for the SPE is a fantastic result, and one that I endorse” says Mr Te Kani.
A sugar-free berry cider produced by McCashin’s Brewery in Stoke, Nelson, has claimed the Supreme Cider Award in a country that’s been making cider for over 2000 years.
The Rockdale Three Berry Cider was one of six McCashin’s Brewery products to gain recognition at this month’s Dublin Craft Beer Cup in Ireland, taking out a gold medal and the Supreme Cider Award.
Market representative Scott McCashin said the Supreme Award was a tremendous accolade to receive as the competition attracted entries from all around the world, and it validated the effort that McCashin’s had put into its cider production. . .
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.?
2. Name three of the seven deadly sins.
3. It’s châtiment in French; punizione in Italian, castigo in Spanish and whiu in Maori, what is it in English?
4. In which musical would you find the lines:
My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time—
To let the punishment fit the crime,
The punishment fit the crime;
And make each prisoner pent
A source of innocent merriment,
Of innocent merriment!
5. If someone wrongs you what’s the best response – revenge, karma, forgivenss or . . . .?
. . . (The daughter – almost age 4): “Mummy, quickly, I’m giving birth!”
…. 5 dolls immediately arrive.
“Ok, here they are. Now I’m going to a conference – can you look after them please?” – Offsetting Behaviour
1026 Pope John XIX crowned Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
1484 William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
1516 Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist, was born (d. 1565).
1552c Guru Amar Das became the Third Sikh Guru.
1636 Utrecht University was founded in the Netherlands.
1812 An earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela.
1830 The Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra, New York.
1839 The first Henley Royal Regatta was held.
1859 Alfred Edward Housman, English poet, was born (d. 1936).
1874 Robert Frost, American poet, was born (d. 1963).
1881 Thessaly was freed and becomes part of Greece again.
1896 The Brunner Mine Disaster killed 65 men.
1905 Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, was born (d. 1997).
1911 Tennessee Williams, American dramatist, was born (d. 1983).
1913 Balkan War: Bulgarian forces took Adrianople.
1917 First Battle of Gaza – British troops were halted after 17,000 Turks blocked their advance.
1931 Leonard Nimoy, American actor and director, was born (d. 2015).
1934 The driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom.
1942 Auschwitz received its first female prisoners.
1942 Erica Jong, American author, was born.
1943 Bob Woodward, American journalist, was born.
1944 Diana Ross, American singer (Supremes), was born.
1945 World War II: In Iwo Jima, US forces declared Iwo Jima secure.
1948 Richard Tandy, British keyboardist (Electric Light Orchestra), was born.
1948 Steven Tyler, American singer (Aerosmith), was born.
1954 Curtis Sliwa, American founder of the Guardian Angels, anit-crime activist, was born.
1958 The United States Army launched Explorer 3.
1967 Ten thousand people gathered for one of many Central Park Be-Ins in New York City.
1968 James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle), was born.
1973 Lawrence E. Page, American search engine pioneer, was born.
1974 Gaura Devi leads a group of 27 women of Laata village, Henwalghati, Garhwal Himalayas, to form circles around trees to stop them being felled, thus sparking the Chipko Movement in India.
1975 The Biological Weapons Convention entered into force.
1979 Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter signed the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
1982 A ground-breaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, D.C..
1995 The Schengen Treaty went into effect.
1996 The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
1997 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.
1998 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
1999 The “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
2005 The Taiwanese government called on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People’s Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attended the walk.
2010 – The ROKS Cheonan sank off the west coast of South Korea near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 seamen.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia