Plutography – the depiction, presentation, or coverage of the rich, particularly the lifestyles they enjoy, especially as a genre of popular literature, journalism, and broadcasting.
J Bloggs posed the questions again, earning my thanks and should everyone have been stumped by them a virtual box of moorpark agpricots.
The year ahead for agri-food – Keith Woodford:
The year ahead is going to be challenging for many of New Zealand’s farmers. There are no quick solutions for either dairy or sheep. Amongst the bigger industries, only kiwifruit and beef have a positive outlook. The wine industry could go in either direction this year. Among the smaller industries, manuka honey could be the one to watch.
The year has started badly for dairy, with whole milk powder down 4.4% at the early January auction. For me, this number came almost as a relief. It could have been a lot worse. . .
More cows stolen in Mid-Canterbury – Audrey Malone:
More than 100 dairy cattle disappeared without a trace from three Mid Canterbury farms during December.
A farm in Alford Forrest has lost 52 Friesian bull calves, while a farm south of Hinds lost 17 grown dairy cows.
It followed news that 36 cows disappeared from Mayfield farm over a two week period in December.
The farm owners are puzzled
Jill Quigley, who owns the Mayfield farm with husband David, said rural Mid Canterbury was not a good place anymore.
“It just looks a little suspicious,” she said. . .
A group of 40 people celebrated another milestone in The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in Duntroon yesterday afternoon.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher officially opened the 28km section from Kurow to Duntroon – now totally off-road – in a short ceremony in the Waitaki Valley town. Mr Kircher said the trail would be a boon for the town’s economy, but also allowed locals to show ‘‘how proud people are of their community”. . .
Hat tip: Utopia
High country meets town in rural games – Jill Galloway:
How far can you throw and catch a raw egg, throw a gumboot or spit a cherry stone? For that matter, how fast can you put up a fence or shear a sheep?
These skills will be tested when country comes to town in the New Zealand Rural Games at Queenstown next month.
Games founder Steve Hollander was in Palmerston North on his way to help run the events.
He said rural people from this area would take part in shearing and fencing.
Hollander said the games were about entertaining people, and no event was more than two hours long. He expected 8000 people over the two day event. . .
Lewis Road Creamery eyes China as potential export market – Fiona Rotherham:
(BusinessDesk) – Lewis Road Creamery, the premium dairy brand company, will make a final decision this year whether to export, most likely fresh organic milk into China’s Shanghai. It’s also planning to release a number of product extensions and has already moved beyond dairy products into baked goods.
The Auckland-based brand saw 340 percent growth in retail sales to $40 million of its butter, cream, organic milk, and flavoured milk products during 2015, the year of what founder Peter Cullinane calls “the chocolate milk frenzy”.
His big decisions this year include whether to get serious about exporting and how far to extend the product range beyond dairy. For the past couple of months it has been trialling sales of Lewis Road Bakery premium kibbled grain bread in 12 Auckland retail outlets. . .
Those entrants who used their summer holiday to prepare for the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards could have an advantage, as activity gears up in this year’s competitions.
The awards, which oversee the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions, received 452 entries prior to Christmas.
General Manager Chris Keeping says information events for entrants and sponsors are being held in some of the awards’ 11 regions over the next couple of weeks. . .
New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s C.E.O, Mr John Dawson reports that this week’s auctions held in both centres saw slightly different price movements between them, however overall the local market remained firm.
Of the 16,500 bales on offer, 95.6 percent sold. . . .
A cavalcade of Vintage Tractors, Jeeps and Trucks trekking 2600km from Bluff to Cape Reinga over 26 days.
Raising funds for hospices throughout New Zealand. . .
We met in August and discussion turned to one of my favourite books, Christina Hindhaugh’s For Better For Worse and For Lunch.
She said she’d like to read it, I said I had a spare copy I could send her and she wrote her address in my notebook.
When I got home I found the book and put it on the to-do pile on my desk.
That was in August.
Every now and then I’d come across the book but I kept forgetting to take it to town.
Finally, yesterday I noticed the book as I picked up my bag on the way out, took it with me and posted it.
Today I’m grateful for a clear conscience – at least in regards to that one less item on my to-do list.
If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless. – Moliere who was born on this day in 1622.
588 BC – Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign.
69 – Otho seized power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
1493 – Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
1559 Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
1622 Molière, (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) French playwright, was born (d. 1673).
1759 The British Museum opened.
1842 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian saint, was born (d. 1909)
1893 Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor, was born (d. 1951).
1902 King Saud of Saudi Arabia, was born (d. 1969).
1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, was born (d. 1975).
1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, was born (d. 1939).
1913 Lloyd Bridges, American actor, was born (d. 1998).
1914 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian, was born (d. 2003).
1919 Maurice Herzog, French mountaineer, first to ascend an 8000m peak, Annapurna in 1950, was born (d. 2012).
1919 – Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston burst and a wave of molasses poured through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born (d. 1968).
1936 The first building to be completely covered in glass was completed in Toledo, Ohio ( built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company).
1943 – The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
1966 The government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in Nigeria was overthrown in a military coup d’état.
1969 The Soviet Union launched Soyuz 5.
1970 United States Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s three-day visit to New Zealand sparked some of the most violent anti-Vietnam War demonstrations seen in this country.
1973 Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announced the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
1977 The Kälvesta air disaster killed 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden‘s history.
1991 The United Nations’ deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expired, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
2001 Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, went online.
2005 – ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered elements including calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
2009 US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survived.
2013 – A train carrying Egyptian Army recruits derailed near Giza, Greater Cairo, killing 19 and injuring 120 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.