Labefaction – deterioration; weakening; shaking; overthrow; downfall.
New Zealand agriculture faces a “moment of truth” in 2017, according to a report by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.
In its recently-released New Zealand Agricultural Outlook 2017 report, Rabobank says as an industry traditionally characterised by a liberal operating environment, and a key beneficiary of several decades of global shift to freer trade, agriculture faces a period of heightened regulatory uncertainty and change on both fronts.
Releasing the report, Rabobank Country Banking general manager Hayley Moynihan said 2017 was ushering in a period of considerable change and uncertainty for New Zealand agriculture with developments throughout the year likely to have a significant impact on the sector’s prospects this year and in the years to come.
A Canterbury dairy farmer is defending the use of public land 50 metres from the Rakaia River, saying the regional council has let him farm it since 1990.
A report by the Canterbury Regional Council has detailed agricultural encroachment on nearly 12,000 hectares of land beside Canterbury’s braided rivers, between 1990 and 2012.
Forest and Bird said the areas taken over for farming have effectively been stolen, and their environmental values were, in effect, gone for good. . . .
Canterbury’s regional council says it now has the enforcement tools needed to deal with farmers enchroaching public land and it won’t hesistate to use them.
An Environment Canterbury report has revealed almost 12,000 hectares of land beside Canterbury’s braided rivers was been converted for intensive agriculture between 1990 and 2012.
One-quarter of the land developed for farming was in public reserve. . .
Paddock to plate: chefs taste-test Omega lamb – Sally Rae:
It might still be early days for the Omega Lamb Project but feedback has been “overwhelming”, general manager Mike Tate says.
The project involves bringing healthy fat back on to the menu by producing lambs with naturally higher polyunsaturated fatty acids, intramuscular fat and omega-3.
Promoted as being the world’s tastiest and healthiest lamb, the project is a collaboration between Alliance Group, Headwaters Group and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Last week, a gathering was held in the South, bringing chefs from throughout the country together with farmers in the Omega Lamb pilot group. . .
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes a report showing the vast majority of employers who take on seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are also employing more New Zealanders.
The eighth annual survey of RSE employers found that 79 per cent of the 92 respondents had employed more permanent New Zealand workers in addition to their RSE workers.
“The fact that more RSE employers are now taking on more Kiwis as well is great news and shows once again the huge benefits of the RSE scheme,” Mr Woodhouse says. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Strong demand from China combined with limited supply has seen the price for the humble lamb flap rise to match its previous record high.
The price for lamb flaps advanced to US$5.50 per kilogram in January, from US$5.40/kg in December, matching the previous record set in January 2014, according to AgriHQ’s monthly sheep & beef report.
Poor lamb growth rates through spring and early summer combined with improved grass growth has crimped the number of lambs being sent for slaughter in New Zealand, pushing up the price of all lamb cuts tracked by AgriHQ compared with their year-earlier levels. Lamb export volumes in December fell 25 percent from the year earlier to 20,580 tonnes, the lowest level for the month since 2011, according to the latest data. . .
Otago University student Sam Deauchrass, and talented photographer, has been selected in the top 25 of the Discovery Channel’s intern project.
In a Facebook post he says:
This is where it gets serious…it has come down to a public vote and the 5 people with the most votes by the 19th of February get an interview with the Discovery Channel management team in Sydney Australia! Below is the link to vote
The internship itself looks incredible, working for the Discovery Channel you get to travel around the world to locations such as New York, Italy, Iceland, Malaysia, Singapore & London, also working days at the Discovery Channel Headquarters in London & USA.
BELOW IS THE LINK TO VOTE:
Just scroll to my photo & You can vote 10x daily (Literally click ‘Vote Now’ 10 times), it’s so easy to vote and has the potential to make such a big difference!
Please share & spread the word! 🙂
Sam’s photo is a stunning one of Nugget Point lighthouse, shortly after sunset.
A win in this prestigious competition would not just be good for Sam but also showcase New Zealand’s natural beauty.
Please follow the link and vote for him – it’s easy as clicking vote 10 times.
It’s increasingly apparent that the absence of purpose – or of a moral language – within government, media or business, could become one of the most dangerous own goals for capitalism and for freedom. – Elisabeth Murdoch who was born on this day in 1909.
421 – Constantius III became co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1250 – Seventh Crusade: Crusaders engaged Ayyubid forces in the Battle of Al Mansurah.
1575 Universiteit Leiden was founded and given the motto “Praesidium Libertatis”.
1587 Mary, Queen of Scots was executed at suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.
1612 Samuel Butler, English poet, was born (d. 1680).
1622 King James I disbanded the English Parliament.
1692 – A doctor in Salem Village suggeseds that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials.
1693 The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia was granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.
1726 The Supreme Privy Council was established in Russia.
1807 Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeated Russians under General Benigssen.
1828 Jules Verne, French author, was born (d. 1905).
1837 Richard Johnson became the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate.
1849 New Roman Republic established.
1865 Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and voted to continue the practice of slavery.
1882 Thomas Selfridge, first person to die in an aeroplane crash, was born (d. 1908).
1909 – Elisabeth Murdoch, Australian philanthropist, was born (d. 2012).
1915 – Able Seaman William Edward Knowles became one of the first New Zealanders to be killed as a result of enemy action during the First World War.
1921 – Lana Turner, American actress, was born (d. 1995).
1924 The first state execution using gas in the United States took place in Nevada.
1925 – Jack Lemmon, American actor, director and musician, was born (d. 2001).
1931 James Dean, American actor, was born (d. 1955).
1931 All three people on board a Dominion Airline DeSoutter were killed in a crash near Wairoa. This was the first fatal air service accident in New Zealand.
1932 John Williams, American composer and conductor, was born.
1941 Nick Nolte, American actor, was born.
1948 Ron Tyson, American singer (The Temptations), was born.
1952 Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the UK.
1955 John Grisham, American writer, was born.
1955 The Government of Sindh abolished the Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired was to be distributed among the landless peasants.
1963 Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian cricketer, was born.
1963 Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba were made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
1968 The Orangeburg massacre, a mass killing in Orangeburg, South Carolina of black students from South Carolina State University who were protesting racial segregation at the town’s only bowling alley.
1974 – Military coup in Upper Volta.
1978 Proceedings of the United States Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time.
1983 – Cory Jane, New Zealand rugby player, was born.
1983 The Melbourne dust storm .The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, the 320m deep dust cloud enveloped the city, turning day to night.
1989 An Independent Air Boeing 707 crashed into Santa Maria mountain in Azores Islands killing 144.
1996 The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
1996 – The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” took place.
2010 – A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggered a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travelers.
2013 – A blizzard disrupted transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada.
2014 – A hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia killed 15 Egyptian pilgrims with 130 others injured.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.