Concupiscence – lust; desire of the lower appetite, especially sexual, contrary to reason; indwelling sin.
Thanks to Teletext who posed Thursday’s questions and will win a virtual box of apricots by posting the answers below should all of us be stumped.
Global milk production downturn bodes well – Simon Hartley:
The global downturn in milk production bodes well for New Zealand’s dairy farmers for much of 2017 and is increasing the likelihood of a boost in estimated payouts.
Between the key whole milk powder prices rising 45% during the past six months and six of the seven major dairy-producing countries reporting production declines, Rabobank’s dairy quarterly report paints a reasonably positive outlook for 2017.
However, recovery may become the catchphrase of the current season, as opposed to outright profitability, and the US currency may yet have a major impact, and on various markets.
Co-author Rabobank dairy analyst Emma Higgins said the recent rally in global dairy prices heralded further positives as global efforts to increase overall production would take time. . .
A woman valued and connected within the dairy industry – Anne Boswell:
Anne Boswell talks to an Atiamuri dairy farmer who can’t sit still, busy with family, friends, land and organisations helping farming women succeed.
Connection – to one’s family, friends and like-minded people – is fundamental to personal wellbeing but can be challenging for farmers, says Atiamuri dairy farmer and Dairy Women’s Network trustee Karen Forlong.
“Fundamentally we are hard-wired to need to belong to something, to feel a connection to something over and above ‘I am what I work at’,” she says.
“Farming’s a business, but it’s so much more than that, and equally, the success of my farm does not define me as a person.” . .
The New Zealand Farm Environment Trust’s new General Manager James Ryan is looking forward to the challenges the new job will bring.
Christchurch-based James Ryan, a former policy manager with DairyNZ, was appointed in October this year.
He says the Trust will play a crucial role in guiding farmers through an era of increasingly complex sustainability issues. . .
Fonterra and Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) are in the final stages of developing an online tool, Agrigate, designed specifically to help farmers improve their farm performance through the use of their existing data.
Agrigate has been developed by the two farmer-owned co-operatives to make it easier for farmers to:
• access key information about their farming business in one place
• identify areas where they can benchmark their performance on a scale that they have not been able to in the past
• make smarter and faster decisions
• manage their environmental information (e.g. nutrient management) . .
NZ commodity prices rise for eighth month, buoyed by dairy recovery – Rebecca Howard
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices rose in December, the eighth consecutive monthly gain, as dairy prices continued to improve.
The ANZ Commodity Price Index advanced 0.7 percent in December to 277.3 and was up 16.5 percent on an annual basis. In New Zealand dollar terms the index increased 2 percent in the month and rose 9.4 percent on an annual basis as the kiwi eased against the greenback and the British pound.
Dairy was the standout performer as tight global milk supplies and improved Chinese import demand continued to be the main drivers, said ANZ agri economist Con Williams. . . .
(BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the manuka honey products company, has sold its Medihoney brand to US partner Derma Sciences for about $19 million, and will reap a further $11 million selling Derma shares in a takeover offer of the Nasdaq-listed company.
The gross proceeds of the Medihoney deal will amount to US$13.25 million, with a US$5 million earnout payable on sales milestones being achieved, Comvita said in a statement to the NZX. Comvita also owns 1.1 million shares in Derma Sciences, which announced on Jan. 10 that it will be acquired by Nasdaq-listed Integra LifeSciences for US$7 per share by the end of March. That values Comvita’s stake at about $11 million, it said. . .
Fonterra is in the box seat to control the future of Australian company Bellamy’s Organic under an effective “poison pill” arrangement that can be triggered if a shareholder group controls more than 30 per cent of Bellamy’s capital.
The troubled infant formula group outlined details on Wednesday of a new arrangement with Fonterra that allows the New Zealand group to terminate a key supply deal if a shareholder group controls more than 30 per cent of the Tasmanian company’s capital.
The disclosure, along with news of the replacement of Laura McBain, the chief executive of Bellamy’s, by another senior executive, Andrew Cohen, on an interim basis, came as part of a trading update to investors. . .
Launceston-headquartered dairy company Bellamy’s has replaced chief executive Laura McBain.
The embattled baby formula company announced to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that Andrew Cohen has been appointed acting chief executive.
The announcement was made by the organic dairy company’s chairman Rob Woolley. . .
Bid to heritage list Brumbies – John Ellicott:
Brumbies may be protected for their cultural heritage value in new legislation being drawn up and already, according to the proponents, met with approval by NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro.
With the expected release soon of the new Wild Horse Management Plan, lobby groups are fighting to preserve substantial brumby populations in national parks, especially in Kosciuszko National Park.
The Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group wants to prevent a culling of brumbies, which may form part of the new management plan – with ground shooting touted as the most likely form of control. . .
New Zealand Wool Services International ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that the wool auctions in the North and South Islands this week produced considerable price variations for comparative types with the North Island levels well below the South’s.
Of the 19500 bales on offer, 7804 percent sold with the weighted currency indicator, compared to the last sale on 21st December was 1.62 percent higher, adding more downward pressure on local prices.
Mr Dawson advises that the South Island sale compared to when last sold on 15 December saw; . ..
Only a farm kid ‘gets’ this.
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched its latest video for Australia Day:
You can read about it at The Land.
The green movement, in other words, is the red movement stripped of the veneer of reason and science and bent on the destruction of reason and science rather than take the trouble to learn what reason and science actually are. The green movement is the red movement no longer in its boisterous, arrogant youth, but in its demented old age. – George Reisman who celebrates his 80th birthday today.
He also said:
Like the use of the word ‘concupiscence’ in an earlier age to describe sexual desire, the use of the word ‘pollution’ to describe essential aspects of the productive activities of an industrial society represents an attempt to defame an entirely proper human capacity by means of using an evil sounding name for it.
The truth is that economic competition is the very opposite of competition in the animal kingdom. It is not a competition in the grabbing off of scarce nature-given supplies, as it is in the animal kingdom. Rather, it is a competition in the positive creation of new and additional wealth.
Socialism must commence with an enormous act of theft. Those who seriously want to steal must be prepared to kill those whom they plan to rob.
Hat tip – Not PC
532 – Nika riots in Constantinople.
888 – Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks.
1435 – Sicut Dudum was promulgated by Pope Eugene IV about the enslaving of black natives in Canary Islands by Spanish Natives.
1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was sentenced to death.
1605 The play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston was performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
1607 The Bank of Genoa failed after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
1822 The design of the Greek flag was adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
1830 The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana began.
1847 The Treaty of Cahuenga ended the Mexican-American War in California.
1885 Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The “Fuller Brush Man”, was born (d. 1973).
1890 Thomas William Murphy or ‘Torpedo Billy’, became the first New Zealander to win a world title in professional boxing.
1890 – Jüri Uluots, Estonian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Estonia, was born (d. 1945).
1893 The Independent Labour Party of the UK had its first meeting.
1893 – U.S. Marines landed in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
1911 Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, NZ- born Premier of Queensland, was born (d. 2005).
1915 An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy killed 29,800.
1926 Michael Bond, British writer, was born.
1937 – Guy Dodson, New Zealand-English biochemist and academic, was born (d. 2012).
1937 George Reisman – US economist and author was born.
1939 The Black Friday bush fires burnt 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
1942 Carol Cleveland, English actress and only significant female performer in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, was born.
1942 Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile, which was 30% lighter than a regular car.
1942 First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in aHeinkel He 280 jet fighter.
1953 Marshal Josip Broz Tito was chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
1958 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushed Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
1966 Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
1970 Shonda Rhimes, American screenwriter/creator Grey’s Anatomy, was born.
1985 – A passenger train plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst rail disaster in Africa.
1992 – Japan apologised for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery (Comfort women) during World War II.
2001 An earthquake in El Salvador, killed more than 800.
2012 – The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy, resulting in 32 deaths (and a few people still missing) amongst the 4232 passengers and crew.
2012 – The opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics took place in Innsbruck, Austria.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.