Antepone – to put or set before; prefer.
The Pest Control Education Trust, a joint Federated Farmers and Forest & Bird initiative, today released ‘1080: The Facts’, a resource created to increase public understanding of 1080 and how it is used.
The fact sheet is an illustrated, easy-to-read rundown on which predators are targeted by 1080 and the native species that benefit from its use, and how using 1080 prevents the spread of bovine tuberculosis. It also outlines the precautions taken to ensure 1080 operations are safe.
Federated Farmers National Board Member and a Trustee of the Pest Control Education Trust (PCET) Chris Allen says the fact sheet has been produced in response to strong public demand for accessible, factual, summary information about 1080 and its use. . .
Open Country dairy slashes milk price forecast – Andrea Fox:
New Zealand’s second biggest milk processor Open Country Dairy has slashed its milk payout forecast by more than $1kg for the season as industry pessimism deepens about the multi-billion dollar dairy sector’s earnings outlook.
Open Country had until last week been forecasting a milk payment of $4.75-4.95kg milksolids to its around 700 national supplier farmers.
Now it has told its farmers to instead bank on $3.65-$3.95kg. . .
A partnership between Beef + Lamb New Zealand and a restaurant chain in Taiwan is helping to open consumers’ eyes to the nutritional benefits of grass-fed New Zealand beef.
New Zealand product makes up more than 80 per cent of the beef dishes offered on Royal Host’s menu.
The chain has 14 locations across Taiwan and caters for family dining in particular. Vice President Shirley Huang says local diners put a premium on safe, quality food, so Royal Host values that New Zealand beef is such a positive option. “In our menus, we include images of cows grazing peacefully on open pasture. New Zealand grass-fed beef is low in fat and has lower cholesterol.” . .
A2 shares fall as investors weigh up funding needs – Paul McBeth:
(BusinessDesk) – A2 Milk Co shares fell to a three-week low as investors weighed up the company’s funding needs after the board turned down a potential offer from cornerstone shareholder Freedom Foods Group and US food and beverage firm Dean Foods.
The shares fell as low as 70 cents in morning trading on the NZX, and were 6.5 percent to 72 cents shortly before midday. A2 today said it told Freedom and Dean Foods the expression of interest wasn’t compelling enough to get a board recommendation if a formal bid was made, though was open to talking with the suitors. It has also attracted other potential bidders and is evaluating them. . .
The most significant changes in the history of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards have been made to enhance the competitions and enable more dairy farm workers to enter the awards programme.
Awards Executive Chairman Gavin Roden says he is excited about the changes that have been made to all three of the awards competitions.
“As an executive we had identified for a few years that there were a lot of people that couldn’t enter our awards because of the changing face of the industry and employment,” Mr Roden says. . .
After months of industry consultation, the forest industry has a new safety body – the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC). Most importantly, there has been practical input from experienced forest contractors from on the forest floor and workers with experience at the bushline.
Some simple questions and answers may help explain how FISC will work:
Q: Who decided forestry needs a safety council?
A: The independent forest safety review team was not satisfied that people on the forest floor had a voice in making workplaces safer. Following the review and its recommendations, FICA has worked with forest owners and managers to put in place this new group. It will focus on safety using incident information reported by people working at the bushline to identify work areas. . .
Farmers are for the first time this month completing their annual Agricultural Production Survey online.
Every year Statistics New Zealand surveys about 30,000 farmers about their land, livestock and crops, and farming practices.
This week farmers can start filling in their online survey forms, once they’ve received details in the post.
The survey measures changes in the sector, and is used for planning and forecasting. Farmers can use survey results on the Statistics NZ website to keep track of trends and make changes in their businesses. . .
Ballance Agri-Nutrients has appointed Campbell Parker as General Manager Sales.
Campbell will join the co-operative in October, following a successful banking career, including leadership of BNZ’s Partners Network and a track record in rural lending.
Ballance CEO Mark Wynne says Campbell combines sales leadership experience with a strong understanding and connection with the agri-business sector. . .
Congratulations to Mike Winter from Amisfield who has just become the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 and now goes through to the National Final. After a challenging day of activities on Friday at the Central Otago Polytechnic, the contestants’ final task was to deliver a speech at the Annual Winemakers Feraud dinner on Saturday night at Northburn.
It was a very close competition with Annabel Bulk taking 2nd place and Cliff Wickham coming 3rd, both from Felton Road Vineyard. . .
Opposition is a dark place where good is bad and bad is good.
While they’ll never admit it, oppositions can’t really enjoy good news for fear it’s good for the government and threatens their relevance and they take a perverse pleasure in bad news in the hope that it will be bad for government and good for them.
That’s why opposition MPs have been doing their best to talk down the economy and doing a Chicken Little the-sky-is-falling as they over-emphasise the negative impact the sharp decline in dairy prices will have.
Only those who hate dairying and financial success will be happy about the price of milk and low payout, but while dairying is important, there is more to the economy than that and talk of recession is, thankfully, misplaced pessimism.
Growth is slowing but an HSBC economist says New Zealand’s rock star economy will play an encore cheered on by Chinese consumers.
HSBC co-head of Asian economic research Frederic Neumann said while China’s economy was slowing, along with many other Asian nations, the outlook for New Zealand was still strong.
“The rock star economy will still keep on playing because you guys [New Zealand] are in a sweet spot in terms of having the products that China has an insatiable appetite for,” Neumann said.
In 2014 Neumann’s colleague HSBC chief economist for Australia and New Zealand Paul Bloxham referred to New Zealand as a rock star economy.
However the title has been brought into question recently as gross domestic product growth slows, dairy prices slump, business confidence slips, the dollar falls and Auckland’s heated housing market continues to set records.
But Neumann said New Zealand was simply going through a rebalancing phase, moving away from a commodity dependent economy.
“After years of an overvalued exchange rate you need to have a considerable period of an undervalued exchange rate to get that rebalancing process going.”
Neumann said even if New Zealand did remain reliant on soft commodities that was not a major concern because demand for high quality food from Chinese consumers would grow much faster than the Chinese economy.
“That should be a positive for New Zealand so I’m not terribly worried for the dairy sector or the meat sector over time.” . . .
It’s not hard to find examples of people in difficulty in the best of times and some people are struggling but New Zealand as a whole is not.
. . . My problem with such people is twofold. First, they believe that the perfect society is attainable only through the intervention of the state, and that this justifies laws that impinge heavily on individual choice. And second (which is closely related), they have no trust in the wisdom of ordinary people. They seem incapable of accepting that most of us are capable of behaving sensibly and in our own best interests without coercion or interference by governments and bureaucrats. – Karl du Fresne
356 BC – The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was destroyed by arson.
230 – Pope Pontian succeeded Urban I as the eighteenth pope.
285 – Diocletian appointed Maximian as Caesar and co-ruler.
365 – A tsunami devastated the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The tsunami was caused by the Crete earthquake estimated to be 8.0 on the Richter Scale. 5,000 people perished in Alexandria, and 45,000 more died outside the city.
1242 – Battle of Taillebourg : Louis IX of France put an end to the revolt of his vassals Henry III of England and Hugh X of Lusignan.
1403 – Battle of Shrewsbury: King Henry IV defeated rebels to the north of the county town of Shropshire, England.
1545 – The first landing of French troops on the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight.
1656 – The Raid on Malaga took place during the Anglo-Spanish War.
1718 – The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice was signed.
1774 – Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774): Russia and the Ottoman Empire signed the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca ending the war.
1831 – Inauguration of Leopold I of Belgium, first king of the Belgians.
1858 Alfred Henry O’Keeffe, New Zealand artist, was born (d. 1941).
1861 American Civil War: First Battle of Bull Run – the first major battle of the war began.
1865 Governor George Grey oversaw the capture of the Pai Marire (Hauhau) pa at Weraroa, Waitotara.
1873 Jesse James and the James-Younger gang pulled off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
1899 Ernest Hemingway, American writer, Nobel laureate, ws born (d. 1961).
1904 Louis Rigolly, became the first man to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land. He drove a 15-litre Gobron-Brille in Ostend.
1918 U-156 shelled Nauset Beach, in Orleans, the first time that the United States was shelled since the Mexican-American War.
1920 Isaac Stern, Ukrainian-born violinist, was born (d. 2001).
1922 Mollie Sugden, British comedic actress, was born (d. 2009).
1924 Don Knotts, American actor, was born (d. 2006).
1925 Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first man to break the 150 mph (241 km/h) land barrier at Pendine Sands in Wales. He drove a Sunbeam to a two-way average of 150.33 mph (242 km/h).
1944 World War II: Battle of Guam – American troops land on Guam starting the battle.
1944 Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and fellow conspirators were executed in Berlin, Germany for the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
1946 Barry Whitwam, British musician (Herman’s Hermits), was born.
1948 Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), English singer/songwriter, was born.
1948 Garry Trudeau, American cartoonist, was born.
1949 Hirini Melbourne, New Zealand musician and composer, was born (d 2003).
1949 The United States Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
1951 Robin Williams, American comedian/actor. was born (d. 2014).
1953 Jeff Fatt, Chinese-Australian actor was born.
1954 First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
1955 Howie Epstein, American musician (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), was born (d. 2003).
1956 Michael Connelly, American author, was born.
1959 Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green became the first African-American to play for the Boston Red Sox, the last team to integrate.
1961 Jim Martin, American musician (Faith No More), was born.
1966 Sarah Waters, British novelist, was born.
1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.
1970 After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt was completed.
1973 In the Lillehammer affair in Norway, Israeli Mossad agents killed a waiter whom they mistakenly thought was involved in 1972′s Munich Olympics Massacre.
1977 The start of a four day long Libyan–Egyptian War.
1983 The world’s lowest temperature was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −89.2°C (−129°F).
1994 Tony Blair was declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997.
1995 Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People’s Liberation Army began firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
1997 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
2004 The United Kingdom government published Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country’s armed forces.
2005 Four terrorist bombings in London – all four bombs failed to detonate.
2008 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić was arrested in Serbia and indicted by the UN’s ICTY tribunal.
2011 – NASA’s Space Shuttle programe ended with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.
2012 – Erden Eruç completed the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world.
2013 – Philippe of Belgium became King of the Belgians
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia