Gelid – icy; extremely cold; freezing.
A beef extension officer from western Queensland took out the inaugural Zanda McDonald Award at the Platinum Primary Producers (PPP) conference in Darwin last night.
The award is in honour of grazier and young beef industry leader Zanda McDonald, who died in 2013 following a tragic accident on his Queensland cattle property.
The award winner, Emma Hegarty, is from Colanya Station near Longreach and works as a beef extension officer for the Queensland Department of Agriculture. . .
The Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Investment Company, HBRIC Ltd says it is pleased to be at the end of the Board of Inquiry decision process on the Tukituki Plan Change and consent conditions for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.
The Board today released its final decision, with submitters allowed 15 working days to appeal. HBRIC Ltd Chairman Andy Pearce says it is good to be getting some finality in what has been an extremely long and involved process. . .
Farmers in Manawatu, like those in the Whanganui and Taranaki regions, are waiting for floodwaters to clear before they can begin to clean up and repair fences, and see what damage may have been caused to pasture.
Farms in Rangiotu in southern Manawatu were left badly flooded after the weekend rain caused the Oroua River to breach its stopbanks.
The chief executive of Hopkins Farming Group, Richard Syme, said all six of the company’s dairy farms flooded and one of them was left almost entirely under water.
Mr Syme said that farm’s manager had to be plucked from his home by a helicopter after the flood cut off all road access. . .
Opening of the Oete Farms new goat milking facility – Jo Goodhew:
. . . Apparently Captain James Cook had a taste for goat milk, and took a goat along with him on his maiden voyage to New Zealand. This was the beginning of a long established history of goat milk in this country.
In 1988, New Zealand was the first country to develop goat milk based nutritional products for infants (by Dairy Goat Cooperative). Since then it has been a long journey building the profile of goat milk, and addressing issues such as when the European Union didn’t recognise goats’ milk as an approved infant formula.
With the EU’s recent approval, and growing global demands in the Middle East, Latin America as well as Europe and Asia, goat milk infant formula already accounts for 7% of our infant formula exports, and future growth is predicted. . .
The apiculture industry has voted to progress plans to unify under one representative organisation.
National Beekeepers Association president, Ricki Leahy, said today’s AGM had voted overwhelmingly to progress unification.
“I am excited about what this offers the industry moving forward.” . .
Fragmented honey industry votes to create single peak body – Suze Metherell:
(BusinessDesk) – Federated Farmers Bees, Honey Packers’ and Exporters’ Association, and National Beekeepers’ Association have all voted to proceed with plans to create a single national body for the apiculture industry.
The industry bodies voted with a substantial majority to unify the industry at their respective annual meetings held after a four-day conference in Taupo, Fed Farmers said in a statement. The Apiculture Industry Unification Project’s interim working group told the conference that to be profitable and sustainable the industry needed formalised administration and a single peak body funded by a possible reintroduction of commodity levies. . .
A return on Investment (ROI) project delivered by Fonterra’s Sales Excellence Team and guided by Bloom Training and Recruitment’s Director, Beryl Oldham, has won a prestigious international award from the ROI Institute.
The Fonterra project was recognised for its approach to ROI measurement and evaluation and earned Fonterra and Oldham this year’s award for the “Most Innovative Approach to ROI”.
“ROI is a performance measure used to evaluate the effectiveness of an investment,” says Ms Oldham. . .
Fonterra has set the June Guaranteed Milk Price (GMP) at $5.25 per kgMS, the same price as the opening 2015/16 forecast Farmgate Milk Price.
A total of 45.2 million kgMS was offered by 443 farms, more than double the number of farms that applied this time last year.
Fonterra’s Group Director Co-operative Affairs Miles Hurrell said: “More of our farmers are seeing GMP as a financial risk management tool and are choosing to lock in a price for a percentage of their milk production. . .
New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s General Manager, Mr John Dawson reports that the combined North and South Island auction comprising 20,585 bales saw a 91 percent clearance and a generally firm market except for the previously over pressured Fine Crossbred types which eased slightly.
The weighted indicator for the main trading currencies was down 1.47 percent compared to the last sale on 11th June helping underpin local values.
Mr Dawson advises that Finer Mid Micron Fleece were 3 to 6 percent easier with the coarser types firm to 2 percent dearer. . .
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.?
2. Name the dog which went out of the door and off for a walk and two of the dogs which joined him.
3. It’s chouchou in French, benianimo in Italian, too easy in Spanish and mōkaikai in Maori, what is it in English?
4. What did the Cheshire Cat of Alice in Wonderland leave behind when it disappeared?
5. What’s your favourite book about animals or favourite animal character in a book?
Points for answers:
J Bloggs and Teletext win a virtual apple crumble each for five right with a bonus for extra information.
Will got four right.
Answers follow the break:
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.
This one is First to See the Light by Bob Stenhouse:
The theme for this year’s PPP’s 10th conference was Beyond the Top End.
This was chosen because it was held in Darwin in Australia’s top end, but the conference also aimed to:
. . . explore just how we extend ourselves – in business and in our personal lives. We’ll take a look at how we push through the boundaries, hurdle over the barriers and go beyond where others have gone before. And we’ll ask (and hopefully answer) the question of ‘what does it take?’.
It did all that and more.
Chatham House rules applied which enabled everyone to speak freely but constrains what I can report. However, I can say it gave us the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers who educated, entertained, informed and inspired us all.
We also visited the world’s newest meat plant and an outback station which gave those of us from other places an insight into the challenges which face those farming in the Northern Territory – crocodiles, dingoes, distance, dust, drought, floods . . .
We had plenty of opportunity to network and learn from each other too.
An undoubted highlight of the conference was the presentation of the inaugural Zanda McDonald Award.
This honours its namesake, an Australian agri-business leader who died in an accident on his farm aged just 41.
Nominees were expected to demonstrate similar leadership and visionary characteristics to the late Zanda McDonald, including respect, passion, innovation, motivation, dedication, determination, curiosity, a strong work ethic and a desire to improve their industry.
The three finalists were:
* Emma Hegarty who grew up on a merino property in Queensland. She has worked in animal nutrition, and is a Beef Extension Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. She also teaches agriculture at her local school, received a UNE Young Distinguished Alumni Award and was listed as one of the 100 most influential women in Australian Agri-business.
* Athol New who is the farm business manager for Purata at Dunsandel Dairies. He is responsible for 4000 cows on two farms with four sheds. He was a regional finalist for the ANZ Young farmer competition this year.
* Luke Wright who is manager of Orr Lake Elk in Quebec, specialising in genetics for antler production. He was manager of Landcorp Farming’s Stuart Farm, a 3000ha deer, sheep and beef property. He and his partner own a small deer farm near Te Anau.
All finalists gave polished presentations which showed how difficult a job the judges must have had to choose the winner.
It was Emma who won and was presented with a bronze award trophy, $1,000 cash, a place on the 2016 Rabobank Farm Managers’ program and an expenses-paid tailored mentoring package.
Rabobank also gave places on the Farm Managers’ programme to Athol and Luke.
You can listen to Shane McManaway, chief executive of Allflex Australasia, speaking to Jamie Mackay about the conference here and Ben Russell GM of Rabobank NZ also spoke of the conference in his interview with Jamie here .
The conference brought together 137 farmers and agri-business professionals from Australia and New Zealand.
We found we had shared concerns for the importance of animal welfare, food safety, recruitment and retention of staff, encouraging young people to consider agri-business careers, environmental protection and enhancement, bridging the rural-urban divide . . .
We also learned about different challenges Australian farmers face. One station in Queensland is in its third year of drought and has received only 65mls of rain this year. On top of that its plagued by wild dogs which kill stock and kangaroos which eat pasture.
This helped us appreciate the gentler conditions at home, even if it was a little harder to wake up to a frost this morning than it had been to wake up to 30 degrees in Darwin.
Climbed on to Parliament’s roof, breached security, broke the law, risked safety of themselves & others, took up police resources, got a lot of attention, caused a shutdown of parts of Parliament, triggered a security review of one of the world’s most open Parliaments. Then climbed down before it got cold. – Young Nationals
1284 The legendary Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin.
1409 Western Schism: the Roman Catholic church was led into a double schism as Petros Philargos was crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
1483 Richard III was crowned king of England.
1541 Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger.
1718 Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously died after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
1723 After a siege and bombardment by cannon, Baku surrendered to the Russians.
1817 Branwell Bronte, British painter and poet, was born (d. 1848).
1848 End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
1857 The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park.
1866 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier of Egyptian excavations, was born (d. 1923).
1870 Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1892 Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1973).
1898 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer, was born (d. 1978).
1908 Salvador Allende, Former President of Chile (1970-1973), was born (d. 1973)
1909 Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, was born (d. 1997)
1909 The Science Museum in London became an independent entity.
1913 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist, was born.
1914 Laurie Lee, British writer, was born (d. 1997).
1917 The first U.S. troops arrived in France to fight alongside the allies in World War I.
1918 The Australian steamer Wimmera was sunk by a mine laid the year before by the German raider Wolf north of Cape Maria van Diemen.
1921 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, was born (d. 1945).
1924 American occupying forces left the Dominican Republic.
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.
1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
1936 Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
1940 Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension), was born.
1940 World War II: under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presented an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and the northern part of Bukovina.
1942 The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
1945 The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco.
1952 The Pan-Malayan Labour Party was founded, as a union of statewise labour parties.
1959 The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
1960 The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gained its independence as Somaliland .
1960 – Madagascar gained its independence from France.
1963 John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” on a visit to West Berlin.
1973 At Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people were killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
1974 The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
1975 Indira Gandhi established emergency rule in India.
1976 The CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land, was opened to general public.
1977 The Yorkshire Ripper killed 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who was not a prostitute.
1978 – Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overran the runway and crashed into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board died.
1991 Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army began the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
1993 The United States launched a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
1995 Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, as the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
1996 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin was shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.
1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
2003 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws were unconstitutional.
2008 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protected an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban was unconstitutional.
2012 – The Waldo Canyon Fire descended into the Mountain Shadows neighbourhood in Colorado Springs burning 347 homes in a matter of hours and killing two people.
2013 – Riots in China’s Xinjiang region killed at least 36 people and injuring 21 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia