Rectiphobia – fear of being corrected.
Most of the stuff I say is true because I saw it in a dream & I don’t have the presence of mind to make up lies when I’m asleep. – Presence of Mind – © 2017 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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Farm fences could be history as an Otago farm tests some cattle collars with a difference.
State-owned enterprise Landcorp owns two farms in the Waipori area, both of which have land bordering Lake Mahinerangi.
However, it faces the problem of fencing hundreds of kilometres to stop stock entering waterways.
As a potential solution, this week it started a two-month trial, run by AgResearch, to test virtual fencing technology. . .
Dairy debt an outcome of wayward policy and land-banking – Keith Woodford:
In a recent article, I wrote that high debt levels within the dairy industry will constrain the industry transformation that needs to occur. Subsequently, I have been exploring how the industry got itself such a debt-laden pickle. Here is what I found.
Despite the industry now being well into the third season of good milk prices, dairy-farm debt with banks has been showing no sign of decreasing. The latest figures for December 2018 show total dairy-farm bank debt of $41.6 billion (RBNZ S34 series). This compares to $41.0 billion a year earlier and $40.9 billion two years earlier. This equates to around $22.00 per kg milksolids (fat plus protein). . .
Isaac Johnston wants more young people to consider fencing as a career option.
Johnston, a member of the West Otago Young Farmers took out a national fencing competition in Christchurch, along with Luke Kane.
Kane, 30 (also a West Otago YF member), and Johnston, 25, won the PGG Wrightson Fencing Competition, which was held as part of the AGMARDT NZ Young Farmers Conference. . .
The Lancet continues to challenge the status quo around food production. This time in its recent report it says “unhealthy subsidies” in agriculture are costly and do enormous harm to developing country farmers and agriculture-based development policies.
Most New Zealand farmers would be happy to support this attitude. However the Irish have taken exception to the report particularly when it compares “big farming” to the tobacco industry and not only should it not receive subsidies, but it should be banned from being able to lobby and engaging with governments.
“Governments need to regain the power to act in the interests of people and the planet and global treaties help to achieve this. Vested commercial interests need to be excluded from the policy table, and civil society needs to have a stronger voice in policy-making,” it said. . .
Kea and 1080 – nesting success demonstrated – Kate Guthrie:
Not only do kea nest on the ground, but it takes about 4 months from egg-laying until kea chicks fledge. Four months is a long time to be sitting on the ground facing off the local stoats. Kea eggs, chicks and even adult incubating females are very vulnerable to predation.
Aerial application of 1080 can knock back the predators, but the timing needs to be right and the benefits to nesting kea must outweigh the known risks that some kea will eat the bait themselves.
So do more chicks survive to fledge? Department of Conservation Biodiversity Group researchers Joshua Kemp, Corey Mosen, Graeme Elliott and Christine Hunter investigate, in a paper recently published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. . .
Performance Highlights H1 FY18-19:
• $161 million total revenue, 5% up from $153 million in the same period last year.
• $409 million total assets, up from $371 million on the same period as last year.
• $59.3 million earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), up 3% on the same period last year. . .
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Remember: Always walk in the light. And if you feel like you’re not walking in it, go find it. Love the light. – Roberta Flack
1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day riot broke out in Oxford leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
1763 The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War and France ceded Quebec to Great Britain.
1775 Charles Lamb, English essayist, was born (d. 1834).
1798 Louis Alexandre Berthier invaded Rome.
1870 The YWCA was founded.
1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor/comedian, was born (d. 1980).
1894 Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister, was born (d. 1986).
1906 HMS Dreadnought (1906) was launched.
1913 – News of the failure of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the South Pole was telegraphed secretly from Oamaru.
1923 Texas Tech University was founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock.
1930 Robert Wagner, American actor, was born.
1931 New Delhi became the capital of India.
1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet, was born.
1937 Roberta Flack, American singer, was born.
1947 Italy ceded most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia.
1950 Mark Spitz, American swimmer, was born.
1952 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, was born.
1955 – Greg Norman, Australian golfer, was born.
1967 The provision of free milk in schools ended.
1967 – The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.
1981 – A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino killed eight and injured 198.
1982 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player, was born.
1989 Ron Brown became the first African American to lead a major American political party when he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
2009 – The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collided in orbit, destroying both.
2013 – Thirty six people were killed and 39 injured in a stampede in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela festival.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia