Vibratiunculation – a little thrill, throb, or throe; a slight shudder or vibration.
A campaign designed to tell good news farming stories has caught the imagination of kiwi farmers attracting more than 1000 followers and reaching tens of thousands more in the first 24 hours since launch.
The Proud to be NZ Farmers campaign, announced yesterday on The Farming Show by prominent beef and deer farmer, Shane McManaway, was kick-started with a Facebook page inviting anyone associated with New Zealand agriculture to share their positive news stories and talk about the pride they feel for their profession.
Shane McManaway says the #ProudNZFarmers campaign is all about farmers coming out of their shells and showing the world the positive and passionate side of New Zealand farming. . .
A solar water pump system is helping get much needed water to stock on remote hill country farms and has captured international interest from water-stressed countries.
Central Hawke’s Bay electrical and pumping business Isaacs Pumping & Electrical has been developing the technology over the last two years with support from Callaghan Innovation.
Isaacs Electrical directors Gavin Streeter and Shane Heaton were continually being asked by farmers what options were available to reliably get water to stock without electricity, especially in remote hill country properties. . . .
Shareholder needs focus of manager – Sally Rae:
Nigel Jones is a strong believer in co-operatives.
Mr Jones, who joined Alliance Group as general manager strategy at the end of September, previously spent 16 years with Fonterra, where he had the same role in the ingredients division. Before that, he had an extensive career in internal logistics and supply chain.
Ever since he had been involved in co-operatives, he felt a sense of accountability to the shareholders.‘‘You recognise, in some cases, shareholders have got their entire family wealth entrusted to you,” he said. . .
Beef and Lamb scientist takes genetics to farmers – Sally Rae:
One of the best parts of Annie O’Connell’s job is connecting with farmers.
Dr O’Connell is South Island extension officer for Beef and Lamb New Zealand Genetics, a position she took up in August.
Her Dunedin-based role focuses on helping commercial farmers and breeders apply genetics to their business objectives.
Beef and Lamb NZ Genetics was established in 2014 to consolidate sheep and beef genetics research and innovation. . .
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand export log prices jumped to a nine-month high amid steady inventories and stronger demand from China, the country’s largest market.
The average wharf-gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $104 a tonne in December from $92 a tonne in November, marking the highest level since March, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers. The AgriHQ Log Price Indicator, which measures log prices weighted by grade, increased to 97.11 from 92.51, its highest level since February. . .
MPI’s SOPI report suggests it is on different planet – Allan Barbeer:
When I read the headline forecast in the December update of the Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report, my initial reaction was “they must be joking, what planet are they on?” After a slightly more in depth study of their analysis, I am still baffled.
Their prediction for the 2016 year appears to be based on two main premises: firstly product prices will be roughly maintained at present levels due to strong overseas demand and secondly the exchange rate will be 15% lower than at the time of the June update. These factors indicate an increase in export revenue of $1.9 billion, roughly half from red meat and the other half from forestry and horticulture. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Western North Island Farmer Director Kirsten Bryant has been elected unopposed.
An election will be held in the Central South Island with candidates, John Gregan of Timaru and Bill Wright of Cave, being nominated for one Farmer Director position. . .
New corporate shareholders for Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage Limited (OPAC) provide the company with a strategic advantage in the growing Eastern Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry.
Te Tumu Paeroa – the new Māori Trustee, and Quayside Holdings Limited (Quayside) – the investment arm of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, will each own 10.1% of OPAC following agreement at a shareholders meeting yesterday.
The investment by each is part of an OPAC over-subscribed equity capital raising which totalled $4.85 million. . .
My computer keeps inviting me to upgrade to Windows 10 – should I?
When you have a child, your previous life seems like someone else’s. It’s like living in a house and suddenly finding a room you didn’t know was there, full of treasure and light. – Carol Ann Duffy who celebrates her 60th birthday today.
558 – Chlothar I was crowned.
679 – King Dagobert II was murdered in a hunting accident.
1572 – Theologian Johann Sylvan was executed in Heidelberg for his heretical Antitrinitarian beliefs.
1732 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor, was born (d. 1792).
1822 Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer, was born (d. 1875).
1867 Madam C.J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon, was born (d. 1919).
1913 The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.
1914 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrived in Cairo, Egypt.
1918 – Helmut Schmidt, German soldier, economist, and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany, was born (d. 2015).
1925 Rayner Unwin, British book publisher, was born (died 2000).
1933 Akihito, Emperor of Japan, was born.
1937 First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
1938 Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
1943 – Queen Silvia of Sweden was born.
1947 The transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1955 – Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and playwright was born.
1953 Queen Elizabeth II arrived in New Zealand, the first reigning monarch to visit.
1958 Dedication of Tokyo Tower, world’s highest self-supporting iron tower.
1964 Eddie Vedder, American musician (Pearl Jam), was born.
1970 The North Tower of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan was topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
1972 The Nicaraguan capital of Managua was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 10,000.
1972 The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster were rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
2002 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
2004 Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean was hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
2005 Chad declared war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
2007 – An agreement was made for the monarchy of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.
2010 – A monsoonal trough crossed the northeastern coast of Australia from the Coral Sea, bringing mass flooding across Queensland.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.