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Calm cattle eases storm’s pain – Kate Taylor:
Easterly faces on Heughan and Carol Gordon’s Waimarama farm still bear the scars of a brutal storm that hit coastal Hawke’s Bay during Easter weekend four years ago.
But when you’re there on a still, clear winter’s day in the Hawke’s Bay sunshine, it’s hard to picture 750mm of rain falling in just 36 hours.
The property is a 260ha sheep and beef farm, plus 50ha lease block, running between Waimarama Rd and the Maraetotara ridge, south east of Hastings, rising sharply off the road up to about 300m above sea level. Gordon and his wife Carol moved to Hawke’s Bay from Kaitawa, near Pahiatua, six years ago having previously farmed in Taihape. . .
Going great Gunns – Joanna Davies:
When Allan Gunn and his brother Trevor bought Burwood Downs farm in South Otago five decades ago survival was their only goal. Times may have changed but Allan endures and he’s glad still to be on the land he loves. Joanna Davies tells the tale. Photos by John Cosgrove.
When Allan Gunn and his brother Trevor bought 445 hectares at Wangaloa on the South Otago coast in 1965 they knew they’d be there for the long haul. Fifty years later and mortgage free, Allan stands by his original view that farming is a long-distance event and not a sprint – though there have been a few hurdles along the way.
When the pair bought Burwood Downs farm in the Clutha District five decades ago their first goal was to survive. State Advances had given them a £32,000 mortgage for land. They had a second mortgage of about £10,000 for plant plus stock of 2000 ewes, 500 hoggets, 56 cows, 56 calves and a few odds and sods. . .
Deer Industry NZ is fielding an upsurge in the number of farmers wanting to join an Advance Party (AP).
These are an innovative concept, designed to get deer farmers to encourage and support each other in adopting management practices that will make their farms more profitable.
There are nine APs underway, as part of a three-year trial of the concept. One of the nine is developing tools or ‘metrics’ that farmers can use to measure the performance of their deer businesses. The rest are on-farm groups located from Hawkes Bay to Southland. . .
Spark Digital is powering Mobile Health Solutions as a unique paperless mobile surgical centre – the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mobile Health Solutions runs a fully-equipped operating theatre housed in a purpose built 20m bus. It travels the length of New Zealand, from Kaitaia to Gore taking a full range of surgical services to rural areas. The bus journeys on a five week cycle clocking up 50,000km a year and has performed 18,500 operations.
Spark Digital delivers reliable mobile broadband to the unit using a dual option service that can fail over from 4G to 3G and vice versa when required. . .
When did farming become a paper-pushing exercise? – Chris Lewis:
People often ask me, what Federated Farmers elected people do with their day. Well I’m currently sitting in my office writing this column and looking at my diary for the next few weeks, which is filled with Federated Farmers work.
In the next few weeks my days are jam packed with meetings, with the majority focused on paper shuffling or death by paper cuts. There is so much going on in the primary industries I feel like I’m tied to my desk, barely ever leaving the house, because the paper work never stops! I kid you not; farming is becoming a paper pushing exercise!
Farmers do the essential stuff like PAYE forms, paying bills, financial budgets, staff rosters, and general planning, but more and more forms are coming in that tell us we cannot do our job until we have filled them out. Some make sense but others seem to be an answer to lefties using social media to push their vendettas’ against farmers. We are in an era where people’s dislike or even hatred is expressed over a keyboard and answered by bureaucrats pushing more paper work at the alleged problem. . .
One of New Zealand’s leading growers and the largest organic apple producer, BOSTOCK NEW ZEALAND, has launched a new corporate name and brand to reflect the consolidation of the company and the positive growth.
The Bostock Group’s three main brands JB Organics, JM Bostock Ltd and D M Palmer will all now become part of BOSTOCK NEW ZEALAND.
BOSTOCK NEW ZEALAND owner and founder, John Bostock said the company had experienced significant expansion and was delighted to announce a new brand to simplify the company’s identities. . .
Farm animal nutrition company SealesWinslow is passing on business efficiencies through lower feed costs, sharing gains with farmers at a time when budgets are tight.
SealesWinslow’s chief operating officer Chris Brown said the business was reaping the benefits of higher efficiencies following the $10 million upgrade of its production and distribution facilities and was also saving costs through improved procurement.
The Ballance Agri-Nutrients subsidiary has significantly reduced its prices across its calf and bulk dairy ranges. . .
Calving season is just around the corner and there are three top tips for healthy productive calves.
1. Feed good-quality colostrum for at least four days
2. Set up spacious, dry, draught-free housing
3. Don’t skimp on feed quality – you will pay later!
Wendy Morgan, SealesWinslow Nutrition and Quality Manager, says developing a plan is essential for calves to achieve weaning weights quickly while their digestive development is supported. . .
No matter what, you always have two paths. One where everyone else goes & the other you discover yourself. Usually some bruising with the second one, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun…. Two Paths ©2015 Brian Andreas
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This one is In Between Rangi and Papa by Kay McQuire:
Nearly 30 years ago around 13,000 people marched through Oamaru to protest against proposed cuts to health services.
This morning there’s another march for the same reason and it’s got political.
Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark has been accused of trying to ”hijack” tomorrow’s health march in Oamaru, and has been denied speaking rights after refusing to accept a condition not to criticise the Government.
National Party Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean will speak at the march because she had agreed to that condition, Waitaki Mayor and march organiser Gary Kircher said.
The event was ”not political”.
The focus was the Southern District Health Board and its funding priorities. . .
The Mayor says more in a Facebook post.
. . . As has been clear from the start, this march has been about the cuts to our hospital funding proposed by the Southern DHB. Instead, David wants to make it political by bringing in the much wider issue of government funding and he wants to use our march to make his political statement.
Now, we all would love for central government to put more money into health, but the SDHB has had increases and they’re simply not passing on our fair share to us in Waitaki. They haven’t done so for years. Instead, we had no increase last year and they want to cut 5% from our funding this year! They would rather make our people go to Dunedin for services which we can deliver far more efficiently in Oamaru! For example, we have excellent scanning equipment and services in Oamaru Hospital but we only get around $15,000 per year to run them. People complain that they have to go to Dunedin for scans when they could be done right here! However, David doesn’t want to focus on this. Perhaps it’s because many of the Dunedin Hospital staff who benefit from this wasteful spending live in his electorate?
I have made the offer to David that he can march alongside me and our Councillors at the front of the march, I’ve told him that I will acknowledge him and his support for the aim of our march in my speech, and I had intend to have him up on the stage with the speakers and our Councillors. And I had offered to let him speak if he focussed on the reason for the march. But if he really prefers to let the DHB off the hook by playing politics, I make no apology for declining his last-minute request to speak. . .
There is a legitimate argument about whether the population based funding model is calculated correctly for large areas with smaller and older populations but that is an argument for another day.
Today is not about whether the south’s share of the health cake is big enough but because Waitaki is not getting it’s fair share of the south’s slice.
Waitaki District Health Services chair George Berry puts the board’s case here.
Sunday’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 abuse.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all. – Aristotle
1295 Scotland and France formed an alliance, the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England.
1316 Battle of Manolada between the Burgundian and Majorcan claimants of the Principality of Achaea.
1321 Joan of The Tower, Queen consort of Scotland, was born (d. 1362).
1610 John Guy set sail from Bristol with 39 other colonists for Newfoundland.
1687 Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
1755 Sarah Siddons, British actress, was born (d. 1831).
1770 Battle of Chesma started, between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
1775 United States Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition.
1803 The Convention of Artlenburg led to the French occupation of Hanover.
1809 Battle of Wagram started.
1810 P.T. Barnum, American circus owner, was born (d. 1891).
1811 Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
1814 War of 1812: Battle of Chippawa – American Major General Jacob Brown defeated British General Phineas Riall.
1833 Admiral Charles Napier defeated the navy of the Portuguese usurper Dom Miguel at the third Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
1853 Cecil Rhodes, British founder of Rhodesia was born (d. 1902).
1865 The Salvation Army was founded in the East End of London.
1878 The coat of arms of the Baku governorate was established.
1881 A poll tax was imposed on Chinese people in New Zealand.
1884 Germany took possession of Cameroon.
1902 Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., American diplomat, was born (d. 1985)
1911 Georges Pompidou, French politician, was born (d. 1974).
1934 ”Bloody Thursday” – Police opened fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.
1937 Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
1937 Highest recorded temperature in Canada, at Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan: 45°C (113°F).
1940 World War II: The United Kingdom and the Vichy France government broke off diplomatic relations.
1941 World War II: German troops reached the Dnieper River.
1943 The Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history started.
1943 – World War II: An Allied invasion fleet sailed for Sicily.
1945 World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.
1946 The bikini was re-introduced in Paris.
1947 Larry Doby signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians baseball team, becoming the first black player in the American League.
1948 National Health Service Acts created the national public health systems in the United Kingdom.
1950 Huey Lewis, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), was born.
1950 – Michael Monarch, American guitarist (Steppenwolf), was born.
1950 Korean War: Task Force Smith – First clash between American and North Korean forces.
1950 The Knesset passed the Law of Return which granted all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel.
1954 John Wright, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1954 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith), was born.
1954 The BBC broadcast its first television news bulletin.
1954 Andhra Pradesh High Court was established.
1958 Bill Watterson, American cartoonist, was born.
1958 First ascent of Gasherbrum I, 11th highest peak on the earth.
1962 Algeria became independent from France.
1962 The Late Late Show, the world’s longest-running chat show by the same broadcaster, aired on RTÉ One for the first time.
1970 Air Canada Flight 621 crashed near Toronto International Airport killing 109 people.
1971 The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.
1973 Catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) in Kingman, Arizona, following a fire that broke out as propane was being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, killed 11 firefighters.
1975 Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title.
1975 Cape Verde gained its independence from Portugal.
1977 Military coup in Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan was overthrown.
1979 Shane Filan, Irish musician (Westlife), was born.
1989 Iran-Contra Affair: Oliver North was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service.
1995 Armenia adopted its constitution, four years after their independence from the Soviet Union.
1996 Dolly the sheep became the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
1999 – President Clinton imposed trade and economic sanctions against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
2003 SARS was declared to be contained by the WHO.
2004 First Indonesian presidential election by the nation.
2009 Roger Federer won a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.
2009 The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, was found near the village of Hammerwich, in Staffordshire.
2009 Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia