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New Zealand’s agricultural innovation is helping businesses in the meat industry flourish in Asia’s diverse market.
Greenlea’s managing director Tony Egan said halal meat exports to Asia’s large muslim populations has been made possible by electrical stunning of animals before slaughter.
Electrical stunning was pioneered in New Zealand. The method desensitises the animal, making it an acceptable compromise to traditional halal practices. . .
Award for ‘can-do’ essential oil venture – Sally Rae:
Otago-based ForestPlus Oils has received accolades at the New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards for its essential oil distilled from Douglas fir trees.
The company was the winner of the Scion-sponsored novel application of (wood) fibre category at the awards, held in Auckland.
Since July 2015, it has removed and processed more than 1.3 million kg of biomass from road edges and wildings. The tree material would otherwise be considered a waste product. . .
The weather is not playing ball for Marlborough grape growers, who will be praying for sun heading into harvest after more rain at the weekend.
Grapes for sparkling wine are already coming off the vines, but harvest proper does not start until later this month when sauvignon blanc grapes hit the right sugar levels. . .
Gardyne takes gold at Grammies – Sally Rae:
Ida Valley farmer Robert Gardyne has been named Producer of the Decade for the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards.
Mr Gardyne was a finalist in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 before winning the grand champion title last year. It was the first time the competition had been won with a Perendale.
This year, he was runner-up in the best of breed (traditional) class, with a Perendale lamb and highly commended in best of breed (open) with a Perendale/Suffolk/Texel. Both lambs were processed at Alliance Group’s Lorneville plant. . .
Sheep milk ‘fantastic’ says top chef – Jill Galloway:
A top New Zealand chef is serving up the benefits of using sheep milk in his creations as the potential for the product is discussed in the city.
Marc Soper, executive chef at Wharekauhau Estate in Wairarapa, showed off his cooking talents to 150 people at the Sheep Milk New Zealand Conference in Palmerston North this week.
Soper, who was named New Zealand’s top chef last year, said he used sheep milk yoghurt, cheeses and gelato in his dishes. . .
Dairy outlook cools down – :Keith Woodford:
The latest dairy auction on 7 March has brought a cool breeze to the dairy outlook. There are signs it could turn even colder at the next auction.
Whole-milk powder (WMP) at this last auction was down 22 percent to US$2785 from the 6 December 2016 high of US$3593. Skim milk powder (SMP) was down by 20 percent compared to December.
The decline has come as a surprise to many farmers and commentators, but the signs were there and had been building. As one derivatives broker said to his clients in the week before the latest auction, it was going to be ‘wretched’. And it was. . .
It is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular is easy… but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it. William Lamb Melbourne who was born on this day in 1779.
221 Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declared himself emperor of Shu-Han and claimed his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty.
1311 Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeated Walter V of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens.
1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
1545 First meeting of the Council of Trent.
1767 Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born (d. 1845).
1776 South Carolina became the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government.
1779 Lord Melbourne, (William Lamb) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,, was born (d. 1848).
1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse: 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeated an American force of 4,400.
1783 George Washington asked his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea was successful and the threatened coup d’état never eventuated.
1809 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia, was born (d. 1876).
1877 The first cricket test started between England and Australia.
1887 – Marjorie Merriweather Post, American businesswoman, founded General Foods (d. 1973).
1906 Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated.
1922 Fuad I became King of Egypt.
1926 The dictator Theodoros Pangalos was elected President of Greece without opposition.
1931 SS Viking exploded off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.
1941 Mike Love, American musician (The Beach Boys), was born.
1943 Third Battle of Kharkov – Germans retook the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.
1943 – Lynda La Plante, English screenwriter, and author.
1944 Sly Stone, American musician, was born.
1952 In Cilaos, Réunion, 1870 mm (73 inches) of rain fell in one day, setting a new world record.
1961 South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations.
1985 The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).
1988 The Halabja poison gas attack of the Iran–Iraq War began.
1990 Iraq hung British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying.
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
1991 – The Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany went into effect, granting full sovereignty to the Federal Republic of Germany.
2011 – Beginning of the Syrian civil war.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia