Looky-loo – someone who masquerades as a buyer but has no real intention of ever buying; a person who views something for sale with no genuine intention of making a purchase.
Red meat needs change – Sally Rae:
Red Meat Profit Partnership chairman Malcolm Bailey has a simple message for farmers – ”nothing changes unless you’re prepared to change something on your farm”.
”You have to be involved and make changes,” Mr Bailey said, referring to the future of the red meat sector during a recent visit to Dunedin.
RMPP is a seven-year Primary Growth Partnership programme working to help the red meat sector increase productivity and profitability. . . .
The third annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games began on The Square, Palmerston North today with Olympians Dame Valerie Adams and Mahé Drysdale making guest appearances in an unfamiliar sport.
The double gold medallists swapped shot puts and rowing oars for Red Bands as they competed as wild card entries in the New Zealand Gumboot Throwing Championship in association with Skellerup.
Mahé finished an uncharacteristic last in the men’s competition that was won by James Kellow of Whanganui with a throw of 42.24m. James just edged reigning champion, Olympic decathlete Brent Newdick into second place but couldn’t take Brent’s national record of 44.97m set in 2015. . . .
The final day of the third annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North saw national champions decided in ‘sports that built the nation’ including speed shearing, coal shovelling and tree climbing plus an attempt on the egg throwing and catching world record.
News of yesterday’s action, including Dame Valerie Adams winning the NZ Gumboot Throwing Championship, brought even greater numbers to The Square in the city centre to watch top rural sportspeople and have a go themselves. . .
Testing and surveillance changes have been made around Mt Cargill, near Dunedin, after a bovine Tb outbreak in 2015.
TBfree has increased the testing requirements for cattle and deer and designated the area a movement control area to avoid the spread of Tb through movement of stock.
As of March 1, all cattle and deer in the wider Mt Cargill area need a Tb test within 60 days before being moved to another property. . .
A privately owned Otago pest-control company and the regional council are working to tackle the growing problem of wallabies in the region.
Two of the pests had been shot near Ranfurly in the last few months, one on the golf course.
Maniototo Pest Management said the problem was getting worse and the animal could be devastating to farmers’ crops and pastures.
Company manager Ossie Brown said wallabies were mobile creatures and could travel long distances. . .
Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC), home of delicious, miniature Rockit™ apple snacks, today announced exciting and significant company changes. Effective immediately, the Hawke’s Bay based company will begin trading as Rockit Global Limited. Two experienced growth equity investors have taken a significant stake in the new company and Austin Mortimer has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. . .
Seeking new members – Yvonne O’Hara:
Increasing membership in Young Farmers’ Clubs in Otago and Southland is one of the key goals for the new Otago-Southland regional chairman James Heslip.
The Moa Flat farm manager was voted into his new role at the region’s annual meeting on February 19.
He replaced Chris Pemberton, of Teviot.
”I want to make it so Otago-Southland is the best region in the country,” Mr Heslip said. . .
I didn’t lose faith. I gained faith. Faith in people. I am proud to describe myself as a humanist. – David Nobbs who was born on this day in 1935.
1639 Harvard College was named for clergyman John Harvard.
1764 Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1845).
1809 Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden was deposed in a coup d’état.
1862 The U.S. federal government forbade all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
1881 Alexander II of Russia was killed when a bomb was thrown at him.
1884 Sir Hugh Walpole, New Zealand-English novelist, was born (d. 1941).
1884 The Siege of Khartoum, Sudan began.
1897 San Diego State University was founded.
1900 – Second Boer War: British forces occupied Bloemfontein, Orange Free State.
1900 The length of the workday for women and children is limited by law to 11 hours in France.
1920 The Kapp Putsch briefly ousted the Weimar Republic government from Berlin.
1925 Scopes Trial: A law in Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution.
1926 – Carlos Roberto Reina, Honduran lawyer and politician, President of Honduras, was born (d. 2003).
1929 – Zbigniew Messner, Polish economist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, was born (d. 2014).
1933 Banks in the U.S. began to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandated a “bank holiday“.
1935 – David Nobbs, English author and screenwriter, was born (d. 2015).
1938 – Erma Franklin, American singer, was born (d. 2002).
1939 Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter, was born.
1943 German forces destroyed the Jewish ghetto in Kraków.
1949 – Dame Sian Elias, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 12th Chief Justice of New Zealand, was born.
1954 – Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos, Guyanese-English politician, Secretary of State for International Development, was born.
1954 Battle of Điện Biên Phủ: Viet Minh forces attacked the French.
1956 – New Zealand won its first cricket test – playing against the West Indies at Eden Park.
1957 Cuban student revolutionaries stormed the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista.
1960 Adam Clayton, Irish bassist (U2), was born.
1969 Apollo 9 returned safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
1986 Microsoft had its initial public offering.
1992 An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale killed more than 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey.
1995 – The world’s first Laughter Club was launched by Dr Madan Kataria, in Mumbai.
1996 Dunblane massacre: 16 children and 1 teacher were shot dead by Thomas Watt Hamilton who then committed suicide.
1997 India’s Missionaries of Charity chose Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
1997 The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television.
2003 The journal Nature reported that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human had been found in Italy.
2008 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
2013 – Pope Francis was elected in the papal conclave to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.
2016 – An explosion in central Ankara, Turkey, killed at least 37 people and left 127 wounded.
2016 – Three gunmen attacked two hotels in the Ivory Coast town of Grand-Bassam, killing at least 18 people and injuring 33 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia