Sternutator – an agent that irritates the nasal and respiratory passages and causes coughing, sneezing, lacrimation, and sometimes vomiting.
MIE report exposes Silver Fern Farms’ sheep processing dilemma: – Kieth Woodford:
Meat industry reform is back in the news in recent weeks with the long awaited release of the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) report. The MIE perspectives have been well known for some years and so there were no real surprises in what they said. According to MIE, the most important issue is dealing with industry over-capacity through plant rationalisations and company amalgamations.
I will return to MIE’s solutions at another time, but here I want to look at the underpinning analyses provided by international consultancy company GHD, and some key insights therein that could easily be lost. When it comes to finding solutions, losing those insights would be a great pity. For Silver Fern Farms in particular, some of those insights make uncomfortable reading. . .
The 2015 Glammies competition has been declared a ‘No-Contest’ as a result of a mistake made by the testing facility in analysing the data to ascertain the top twenty finalists.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc were made aware of this issue by testing facility late Friday afternoon. Yesterday, we found out the full extent of the mistake which impacted the selection of the top twenty finalists.
An error was made with the final spreadsheet when the testing facility calculated the final score and applied the ranking. In error, their IT person used the formula for shear force – where low is good, high is bad – and applied it to yield. . .
Test error dethrones Glammies winner – Kate Taylor and Tim Cronshaw:
A Dannevirke farmer will hand back his Golden Lamb Award after organisers found a testing mistake.
Hamish Buchanan beat 20 finalists last month to win the competition, known as the “Glammies”, to find the most tender and tasty lamb.
However, organisers have ruled the results in the competition, run by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, were invalid because of a mistake made by the testing facility in analysing the data to narrow the top-20 finalists. . .
An analytical approach has won northern Wairarapa farmers Lucy and Robert Thorneycroft the 2015 Keinzley AgVet Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year Award.
“We entered the competition as a challenge and are delighted with the win. It has been a fantastic competition to be involved in,” she said.
Their high-performing stock, tight control of expenses and concern for the environment were also highlighted by judges. . .
Just the ticket – Anne Calcinai:
In part two of a series looking at different pathways to farm ownership Anne Calcinai looks at the leasing and contracting routes.
It is tough getting into farming, but not impossible.
Hawke’s Bay couple Jeremy and Gina Sunckell are proof that you don’t need to start out with millions of dollars to have a successful business in the sheep and beef industry. . .
Ashburton business, Midlands Seed Limited has celebrated its 25th Birthday by giving back to the local community and both the Mid Canterbury Cancer Society and the Ashburton Stadium Complex Trust were recipients of a generous donation. The company is celebrating 25 years of success in the International seed trade and rather than spending money in this anniversary year, decided to donate the combined sum of $25000 to two organisations that would benefit the local community.
Midlands Seed Managing Director Chris Green said “On behalf of our staff, grower suppliers and international partners, it is great to be able to make these donations into the same local community which has supported our business since the company’s inception in 1990”. . .
A primary school teacher collected some well known proverbs, gave her pupils the first half and asked them to finish them.
It’s always darkest before……… daylight saving ends.
The squeaky wheel . . . . needs oil.
You can lead a horse to water but …..how?
Don’t bite the hand that…..looks dirty.
Don’t judge a book . . . . by the movie.
A penny saved is…….not much.
A stich in time . . . keeps your seam from bursting.
Children should be seen and not….. smacked or grounded.
Too many cooks . . . . need a bigger kitchen.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and…….you have to blow your nose.
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.
Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives & if things don’t work out . . . just take another shot.
1081 Alexios I Komnenos was crowned Byzantine emperor at Constantinople, beginning the Komnenian dynasty.
1581 Francis Drake was knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world.
1655 The the Infant of Prague statue was solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach.
1660 Declaration of Breda by King Charles II of England.
1721 Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I.
1802 Dorothea Dix, American social activist, was born (d. 1887).
1812 U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom.
1814 Napoleon abdicated for the first time.
1818 The United States Congress adopted the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).
1841 William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and the one with the shortest term served.
1850 The Great Fire of Cottenham, a large part of the Cambridgeshire village was burnt to the ground under suspicious circumstances.
1850 – Los Angeles was incorporated as a city.
1873 The Kennel Club was founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.
1887 Argonia, Kansas elected Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the United States.
1905 The Kangra earthquake killed 20,000, and destroyed most buildings in Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala.
1913 The Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashed.
1918 – World War I: Second Battle of the Somme ended.
1930 The Communist Party of Panama was founded.
1939 Faisal II became King of Iraq.
1944 World War II: First bombardment of Bucharest by Anglo-American forces killed 3000 civilians.
1945 World War II: American troops liberated Ohrdruf forced labour camp in Germany.
1945 – World War II: Soviet Army took control of Hungary.
1946 Dave Hill, English guitarist (Slade), was born.
1949 Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
1949 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican singer (The Wailers), was born (d. 1999).
1951 Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, was born.
1952 Gary Moore, Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy), was born (d. 2011).
1958 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
1960 Senegal independence day.
1963 Graham Norton, Irish talk show host, was born.
1965 The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraftplane was unveiled.
1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech in New York City’s Riverside Church.
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray.
1968 – Apollo programme: NASA launched Apollo 6.
1968 – AEK Athens BC became the first Greek team to win the European Basketball Cup.
1969 Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
1973 The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.
1975 Vietnam War: Operation Baby Lift – A United States Air Force C-5A Galaxy crashed near Saigon shortly after takeoff, transporting orphans – 172 died.
1976 Prince Norodom Sihanouk resignws as leader of Cambodia and was placed under house arrest.
1979 Heath Ledger, Australian actor, was born (d. 2008).
1979 Jessica Napier, New Zealand actress, was born.
1979 President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan was executed.
1983 Space Shuttle Challenger made its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).
1984 President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons.
1991 Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
2001 Dame Silvia Cartwright became Governor General of New Zealand.
2002 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels signed a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
2007 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran were released by the Iranian President.
2008 – In a raid on the FLDS’s YFZ Ranch in Texas, 401 children and 133 women were taken into state custody.
2013 – More than 70 people were killed in a building collapse in Thane, India.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia