On Fathers’ Day, and not on Fathers’ Day, I’m grateful for a father who loved his wife and their children and showed us; and for a husband who does that too.
Genitor – a person’s biological father.
Proving consultants were wrong – Neal Wallace:
Sheep farmers are enjoying a golden patch but it would be a challenge to find a more profitable breed than Merino-Romney halfbreds. That is a contrast to the last rites that were read to the mid micron sector by consultants 18 years ago. Neal Wallace meets some farmers who ignored those forecasts of impending doom and stayed loyal to halfbred sheep.
John Duncan confesses to never being a great meeting goer.
One the Otago sheep and beef farmer recalls attending was in Ranfurly in about 2000 at which he was told there was no future for mid micron wool.
International consultants McKinsey had just released a report on how to improve wool grower profitability. Recommendations included dissolving the Wool Board and, alarmingly to owners of mid micron sheep such as Duncan, warning the fibre did not have a future. . .
Westland weighs options – Hugh Stringleman:
Westland Milk Company’s 420 farmer-shareholders will have some options for capital structure to chew on at the co-operative’s annual meeting on December 5.
Chairman Pete Morrison said a report from a strategic review of the company being done by Macquarie Capital and DG Advisory will be available for shareholders.
The quest is to find a sustainable capital structure and competitive milk price. . .
Virtual reality experiments in Rotorua could replace forestry field work – Samantha Olley:
The forestry industry has been experimenting with virtual reality in Rotorua this week to develop new ways of measuring tree growth.
The University of Tasmania and Interpine are carrying out the research, which is partially funded by Forest and Wood Products Australia.
The university’s Human Interface Technology Lab leader, Dr Winyu Chinthammit, said the experiments aimed to give skilled workers a safer and more efficient way to measure forests, using data from aerial LiDar scanners, rather than field work. . .
Sheep-milking gets a hoof-hold in Waikato’s dairying’s heartland – Gerald Piddock:
The burgeoning sheep-milking industry has upped its stake in Waikato’s dairying heartland.
Two new farms will be ready to milk this season. Both are near Cambridge and are owned by Taupō-based Spring Sheep Milking Co, a joint venture between state-owned enterprise Pamu and marketing firm SLC Group.
Spring Sheep announced plans to establish the two farms in December and to grow sheep-milking from a handful of exporters to at least 60 farms by 2030. . .
Do you know what’s happening on farms and orchards around New Zealand? Each week Country Life reporters talk to people in rural areas across the country to find out.
Northland has had a fantastic winter. While the skies delivered two and a half times the normal amount of rain in June, July and August were extremely mild and farmers didn’t need to put on their wet weather gear nearly as often. Calving is all but finished so farmers are thinking ahead to mating and treating cows that had trouble calving so they’ll be in good shape for the next round. With the threat of Mycoplasma Bovis being transferred from farm to farm, farmers are being advised to lease bulls from credible sources.
In South Auckland, Pukekohe had a fine weekend but heavy rain fell on Wednesday leaving the ground too wet to be worked on. While the free irrigation is normally welcome, too much of a good thing is entirely another matter. Some crops are showing signs of diseases that flourish in wet conditions. Heavy supplies of broccoli continue to be hard to sell. . .
Pāmu (Landcorp Faming Limited) has announced EBITDAR (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, and Revaluations) of $48.5 million for the year ended 30 June 2018 (FY18), up $12.9 million (36 percent) from the previous year. Net profit after tax was $34.2 million a reduction of $17.7 million (34 percent) largely due to lower gains from biological assets (forestry and livestock) and a higher tax expense.
Directors have declared a dividend of $5 million which will be paid on 15 October 2018. . .
UK could run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, NFU warns – Lisa O’Carroll:
Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit, the National Farmers’ Union has warned.
Minette Batters, the NFU president, urged the government to put food security at the top of the political agenda after the prospect of a no-deal Brexit was talked up this week.
“The UK farming sector has the potential to be one of the most impacted sectors from a bad Brexit – a frictionless free trade deal with the EU and access to a reliable and competent workforce for farm businesses is critical to the future of the sector,” she said. . .
44 BC The first of Cicero’s Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony.
31 BC Final War of the Roman Republic: Battle of Actium – off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeated troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
1649 The Italian city of Castro was completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
1666 The Great Fire of London broke out and burned for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral.
1752 Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
1789 The United States Department of the Treasury was founded.
1792 During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughtered three Roman Catholic Church bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathisers.
1812 – William Fox, English-New Zealand lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of New Zealand, was born (d. 1893).
1833 Oberlin College was founded by John Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart.
1856 Tianjing Incident in Nanjing, China.
1867 Mutsuhito, Emperor Meiji of Japan, married Masako Ichijō.
1870 Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Sedan – Prussian forces took Napoleon III of France and 100,000 of his soldiers prisoner.
1885 Rock Springs massacre: 150 miners, who were struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attacked their Chinese fellow workers, killing 28, wounding 15, and forcing several hundred more out of town.
1898 Battle of Omdurman– British and Egyptian troops defeat ed Sudanese tribesmen and establish British dominance in Sudan.
1925 The U.S. Zeppelin the USS Shenandoah crashed, killing 14.
1929 – Beulah Bewley, English physician and academic, was born.
1935 Labor Day Hurricane hit the Florida Keys killing 423.
1937 Derek Fowlds, British actor, was born.
1945 World War II: Combat ended in the Pacific Theatre: the Instrument of Surrender of Japan was signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
1945 Vietnam declared its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
1946 Interim Government of India was formed with Jawaharlal Nehru as Vice President.
1947 – Jim Richards, New Zealand race car driver, was born.
1948 – Christa McAuliffe, American educator and astronaut, was born (d. 1986).
1954 – Gai Waterhouse, Scottish-Australian horse trainer and businesswoman, was born.
1957 President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam became the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.
1958 United States Air Force C-130A-II was shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strayed into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew members were killed.
1959 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, was born.
1960 New Zealand enjoyed perhaps its greatest day at an Olympic Games. First Peter Snell won gold in the 800 m, and then within half an hour Murray Halberg won the 5000 m to complete a remarkable track double in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.
1972 – New Zealand’s rowing eight won gold in Munich.
1979 – Ivan Mauger won his sixth world speedway title.
1990 Transnistria was unilaterally proclaimed a Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declared the decision null and void.
1992 An earthquake in Nicaragua killed at least 116 people.
1998 Swissair Flight 111 crashed near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board were killed.
1998 The UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Jean Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide.
2013 – The new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic, being the widest bridge in the world.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia