Darkling– growing dark; done or taking place in the dark; characterised by darkness.
World’s largest robotic dairy barn leads technology – Pat Deavoll:
Fitting 1500 cows under one roof seems impossible, but that’s just what Wilma and Aad van Leeuwen of the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group did, by building the world’s largest robotic dairy barn at Makikihi in South Canterbury.
The 23,000 square metre barn, completed last September at a cost of $22 million, was the third of its kind built by the van Leeuwens, but the first of its scale.
Behind the drive to install the barn was the premium price paid for winter milking, which a robotic system enabled, and a shortage of skilled staff. . .
The market downturn in dairy is among foremost concerns for Rabobank dairy research director Hayley Moynihan as she steps into the newly created role of the bank’s general manager Country Banking.
She is sure the bank has the right support systems in place for dairy farmers in its 33 branches, but a first priority will be to ensure the bank stay aligned to farmers needs in all sectors.
Moynihan told Rural News the new role of general manager Country Banking had been created in recognition of the size of the New Zealand business now. . .
Are the Mexico-bound sheep for breeding or barbeque? – Keith Woodford:
Prior to this week, I had no particular knowledge about the current shipment of 50,000 ewe lambs that are heading to Mexico. So when I was approached by Jamie Ball from the NBR for comment, my immediate thought was to say nothing. I simply assumed that this was indeed a very large shipment of future breeding stock.
However, once my attention was focused, and I started scratching around, all sorts of warning bells started to ring. It seemed a very large number of breeding animals to be sending there. And surely, if this was a genuine shipment, then at the other end there had to be either a huge rural development project, or alternatively a very large agribusiness.
So I started to dig a little deeper. As I dug through the layers, a fascinating story began to emerge. I am sure there is still more to uncover. . .
Mexico-bound livestock get cared for in shipment – Tim Cronshaw:
Until now exporters of a massive shipment of young stock going to Mexico have kept out of the limelight. They tell their side of the story to Tim Cronshaw.
Exporters sending 45,000 ewe hoggets and 3200 beef heifers to Mexico say they will continue to receive top care after their two-week voyage to their new home ends on June 26.
Contrary to concerns by animal right groups the group has confirmed livestock will not go to Mexican regions with temperatures of 40 degrees celsius, have not breached minimum age requirements, will be used only for breeding and the farms have been ratified by state governments who have bought most of the animals. . .
• PPP celebrates 10 years with announcement of inaugural agri award winner
This week, agricultural networking fraternity, the Platinum Primary Producers (PPP) Group, will head to Darwin, Northern Australia, to celebrate its 10th anniversary conference – and announce the winner of a new agri award.
Founded in New Zealand by head of Allflex Australasia and Wairarapa farmer, Shane McManaway, the Group started with a handful of producers at an informal BBQ in 2005. It now comprises over 130 of Australasia’s most influential agri-businessmen and women. . .
The Employment Relations Authority has fined three Hawke’s Bay horticulture contracting companies a total of $22,500 for failing to provide employment records.
The Labour Inspectorate launched an investigation into Kiwi Labour Solution, OOMDA New Zealand and Positive Force after an audit last year to check for compliance with employment, immigration and tax laws. . .
From Kentucky family farms to Californian ‘mega dairies’, there is one thing on the mind of US dairy farmers – milk price. In California this is driving many to nuts.
The dairy farmers are not making money right now. The Californian price is $13-$16/cwt (cwt = 0.045 tonne), about $2/cwt below cost – and well below the $20/cwt they were getting last year. Kentucky is on a similar price: one farmer told Rural News they were getting $27/cwt last year. . .
I’m ready to be inspired, she said & I said that’s not quite how it works, so instead we sat in the garden, breathing & watching the bees until she smiled quietly & said, I forget it’s that simple.
– ©2015 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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1307 Külüg Khan enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan.
1528 Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress, was born (d. 1603).
1582 The Incident at Honnō-ji in Kyoto.
1621 Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.
1732 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer, was born (d. 1791).
1734 In Montreal, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique was put to death, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city.
1749 Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded.
1768 James Otis, Jr. offended the King and parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
1788 New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States and is admitted as the 9th state in the United States.
1791 Robert Napier, British engineer, was born (d. 1876).
1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeated Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
1813 Peninsular War: Battle of Vitoria.
1824 Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces captured Psara in the Aegean Sea.
1854 First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands.
1864 New Zealand Land Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ended.
1877 The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, were hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons?
1895 The Kiel Canal was officially opened.
1898 The United States captured Guam from Spain.
1905 Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (declined) (d. 1980).
1912 Mary McCarthy, American writer, was born (d. 1989).
1915 The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
1919 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fired a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike.
1921 Judy Holliday, American actress, was born (d. 1965)
1921 Jane Russell, American actress, was born.
1940 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage began at Vancouver, British Columbia
1942 World War II: Tobruk fell to Italian and German forces.
1942 World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaced near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.
1944 Ray Davies, English musician (The Kinks), was born.
1945 World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ended.
1947 Joey Molland, English musician (Badfinger), was born.
1948 Ian McEwan, English writer, was born.
1948 Columbia Records introduced the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
1952 Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, was converted to Philippine College of Commerce; later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
1957 Ellen Louks Fairclough was sworn in as Canada’s first woman Cabinet Minister.
1964 The Beatles landed in New Zealand.
1973 In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States established the Miller Test, which now governs obscenity in U.S. law.
1982 Prince William of Wales, British prince and heir, was born.
1982 John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
2000 Section 28 (outlawing the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) was repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
2001 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicted 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
2004 SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
2009 – Greenland assumed self-rule.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia