Pierian – of or relating to the region of Pieria in ancient Macedonia or to the Muses who were once worshipped there; relating to learning or poetry.
Eating quality combats imitations – Annette Scott:
Grow them fast and kill them young is the recipe for the best eating quality in red meat.
And with the threat from synthetic and plant-based meats a good eating experience was critical to underpin New Zealand’s grass-fed, ethically produced red meat story, AbacusBio consultant Jason Archer said.
Older animals had more connective tissue in their muscles, which made their meat tougher, so fast-finishing made for more tenderness, Archer told farmers at a Beef + Lamb NZ beef-focused field day. . .
Synlait Milk (NZX: SML; ASX: SM1) is forecasting a total milk price of $6.29 kgMS for the 2016 / 2017 season, consisting of a forecast base milk price of $6.15 kgMS and $0.14 of premium payments.
An average premium payment of $0.14 kgMS will go to Synlait’s Canterbury milk suppliers creating value behind the farm gate with seasonal and Special Milk progammes such as a2 Milk™, Grass Fed™ and Lead With Pride™. . .
Impressed by carpet launch – Sally Rae:
Trevor Peters admits he was a bit sceptical before he headed to New York for the launch of Carrfields Primary Wool’s Just Shorn range of wool carpets and rugs.
But once there, the Otago farmer was ”pretty impressed”.
A group of farmers attended the launch last month, along with New Zealand Trade Commissioner-Consul General Beatrice Faumuina.
Mr Peters and his family operate Peters Genetics, a large-scale farming operation in Otago, running about 32,000 ewes.
All action at Holstein-Friesian conference – Sally Rae:
Holstein-Friesian breeders from throughout New Zealand will converge on Central Otago this week.
The New Zealand Holstein-Friesian (HFNZ) Association is holding its conference in Cromwell, organised by the Otago branch of the organisation.
Holstein-Friesian cattle make up more than 45% of the national dairy herd and HFNZ has more than 750 members nationally, Otago branch chairwoman Judith Ray said.
The conference theme was High Octane: Gold, Wine and Speed, with various activities organised around that, and it was ”action-packed”.
Planning began about 18 months ago and organisers wanted to ”showcase” what the region had to offer, Mrs Ray said. . .
More irrigation work approved – Annette Scott:
The $195 million Hunter Downs Water project has received the all clear to implement its proposed irrigation scheme in South Canterbury.
Environment Minister Nick Smith has granted Hunter Downs Water requiring authority status to develop and operate the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme, effectively giving it the green light to go.
The milestone decision gave it the authority to apply to the Timaru and Waimate District Councils and Environment Canterbury for the necessary designations to implement the scheme. . .
A technology tsunami is set to change the way New Zealand agricultural producers do business according to ANZ’s Rural Economist Con Williams.
At Fieldays this week to talk about his latest Agri Focus research into the digital tsunami hitting the primary industries, Mr Williams said the number of apps and innovations designed to help improve agricultural businesses has exploded in recent years.
“A technology tsunami is upon the primary sectors. From meeting consumer demands around how food is produced to adapting to changing regulatory requirements, technology is poised to play a much bigger role in farm management,” Mr Williams said. . .
Strong interest in on-farm bull sale at Rangiwahia – Jemma Brakebush:
As the bull sale season picks up around the country, the first on-farm bull sale in more than a decade was held in the small farming community of Rangiwahia, this week.
Murray and Fiona Curtis set up Riverlee Stud four years ago and held their first sale on Wednesday, to allow sheep and beef farmers to buy the bulls direct through them. , ,
What’s brown and sticky? – Thomas Lumley:
Q: What’s brown and sticky?
A: A stick!
Q: What do you call a cow on a trampoline?
A: A milk shake!
Q: Where does chocolate milk come from?
A: Brown cows!
It’s not true. . .
An idyllic waterfront holiday home in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, the ultimate wilderness playground, has been placed on the market for sale.
The property is one of only 25 privately-owned sections located within the majestic Fiordland National Park.
The traditional Kiwi bach is located in an area called Jamestown, which was founded in the 1870s on the shores of Lake McKerrow near the bottom of the South Island’s West Coast. . .
Families of the men who died in the Pike River mine explosion are understandably upset that video footage from the mine shows intact bodies when they’d previously been told fire would have consumed everything.
It is fair to question why all footage wasn’t shown earlier.
But whatever video shows, Solid Energy chief executive Tony King is right when he says it doesn’t make it safe for people to enter the mine:
“As we have previously said, there is nothing in any of the video footage that has been released that contradicts the ultimate decision that manned re-entry of the mine is unsafe”, said Mr King.
“The lack of damage evident in the video footage of Borehole 44 is consistent with what would be expected in the circumstances. We all saw the images of flames coming out of the shaft. These hot gases established an air current that drew air up the drift, into the fire and then up the shaft. The tendency in an underground fire is for it to burn back towards the source of oxygen i.e. the drift. The roof-fall at the end of the drift is probably due to heat damage, and extensive damage from there through to the shaft and in adjacent roadways would be expected. The inner parts of the mine would be oxygen deficient and there would have been no air current to draw the fire into those areas.”
The directors of Solid Energy wrote an open letter last year explaining why it is unsafe to enter the mine.
Full information on the technical aspects of re-entry is on their website.
It would be helpful to counter conspiracy theorists if all video footage was released.
But that won’t change the fact that the mine is unsafe and no lives should be risked to rescue the dead.
I think goodness is about how person behaves to person, and also person to world, to nature. – Vikram Seth who celebrates his 65th birthday today.
451 Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius battled Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreated, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.
1005 Ali az-Zahir, caliph, was born (d. 1036).
1214 The University of Oxford received its charter.
1631 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore was attacked by Algerian pirates.
1652 Tarhoncu Ahmet Paşa appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire, served until 21 March 1653.
1685 Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England at Bridgwater.
1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian, was born (d. 1816).
1756 A British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
1782 The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.
1787 Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
1789 Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.
1791 King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family began the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution.
1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer, was born (d. 1880).
1819 The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrived at Liverpool, United Kingdom – the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey was made under sail.
1837 Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne.
1862 Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, was assassinated.
1893 Lizzie Borden was acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother.
1909 Errol Flynn, Australian actor, was born (d. 1959).
1919 – 150 died at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
1924 Chet Atkins, American guitar player and producer, was born (d. 2001).
1929 – Anne Weale, English journalist and author, was born (d. 2007).
1934 Wendy Craig, English actress, was born.
1942 Brian Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys), was born.
1943 – Ten United States Navy personnel were drowned off the Paekākāriki coast near Wellington during a beach landing exercise.
1944 World War II: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concluded with a decisive U.S. naval victory. The lopsided naval air battle is also known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.
1944 Continuation war: Soviet Union demanded an unconditional surrender from Finland during the beginning of partially successful Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive.
1945 Anne Murray, Canadian singer, was born.
1946 Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor, was born.
1948 Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru, was born.
1948 Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, made its television debut.
1949 Lionel Richie, American musician (The Commodores) , was born.
1949 Alan Longmuir, Scottish bass guitarist (Bay City Rollers), was born.
1950 Nouri Al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq, was born.
1951 – Sheila McLean, Scottish scholar and academic, was born.
1952 – Vikram Seth, Indian author and poet, was born.
1954 Michael Anthony, American musician (Van Halen), was born.
1956 A Venezuelan Super-Constellation crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off Asbury Park, New Jersey, killing 74 people.
1959 A rare June hurricane struck Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35.
1960 John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), was born.
1960 Independence of Mali and Senegal.
1963 The so-called “red telephone“ was established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile crisis.
1967 Nicole Kidman, American-born Australian actress, was born.
1970 – Josh Kronfeld, New Zealander rugby union footballer, was born.
1973 Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires Snipers fired on left-wing Peronists. At least 13 were killed and more than 300 injured.
1979 ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot dead by a Nicaraguan soldier under the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle. The murder was caught on tape and sparked international outcry of the regime.
1987 The All Blacks won the inaugural rugby World Cup.
1990 Asteroid Eureka was discovered.
1991 The German parliament decided to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.
2003 The WikiMedia Foundation was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.
2009 – During the Iranian election protests, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan was captured on video and spreads virally on the Internet, making it “probably the most widely witnessed death in human history”.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia