Cerberus – a powerful, hostile guard; 3-headed dog that in Greek mythology guards the entrance to Hades.
Let’s talk relationships – Nigel Malthus:
A Collingwood dairying couple is calling for formal recognition of healthy human relationships and wellbeing as quantifiable benchmarks in dairy farming.
Tim and Deborah Rhodes say the industry acknowledges the need for healthy environments and healthy animals, but not healthy humans.
They have asked Fonterra, via the Shareholders’ Council, to adopt a code of practice they call ‘responsible relationships.’ . .
An 18-month long project to understand how changes on farm to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may impact a farms profitability and productivity has come to fruition, with the results for the Owl demonstration farm in Cambridge released today by DairyNZ.
“Our aim was to model and apply practical measures to see how we can adapt New Zealand’s highly efficient pastoral farm systems to meet New Zealand’s climate change goals,” says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle.
“The outcome of this project is important to helping us understand the impact of making improvements or changes to how a farm operates in order to reduce emissions and nitrogen leaching.” . .
Technology gains on farm praised – Gina McKenzie:
Making informed decisions using technology has created more productive land use for farms while reducing their environmental impact, according to Eyrewell farmer Mike Smith.
When Mr Smith and his family began their farming partnership in 2010, one of the first tasks was to boost soil fertility, along with adding soil moisture monitors, soil temperature monitors and flow meters.
”We wanted to know where we were sitting with our soil types, soil fertility and soil moisture-holding capabilities to make really well-informed decisions,” he said. . .
Grower taking quinoa to market – Toni Williams:
The ancient grain quinoa (pronounced keen-waa) is touted as a new superfood but its history stems back to ancient times in South America.
It is successfully grown in New Zealand (in both the North and South Island) but is still imported in large quantities from Bolivia and Peru, as well as Australia.
And that is something Methven farmer Andrew Currie, and his partner Gaewynn Hood, at Avonmore Farm, on State Highway 77, just out of Methven, want to change.
Mr Currie, the third generation of growers on the property, knows of just three other substantial growers in New Zealand: two in the North Island and one in the South Island. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand have selected two Sheep Industry Ambassadors to represent this country at the Australia – New Zealand – United States Sheep Industry Ambassadors programme (formerly known as TriLamb). They are Tom Whitford from Northern Waikato and Cameron Russell from Southland. New Zealand will be hosting the 2019 programme and the Ambassadors will be touring New Zealand in late March. In part two, we meet Cameron Russell.
Sheep Industry career-path needs promoting
Cameron Russell is living proof that the sheep industry has a lot to offer young people with the right attitude and a willingness to succeed.
At 26 years of age, he is married with a child and working in a well-paid job as stock manager on Southland’s Diamond Peak Station. . .
Mr Nott, Alcoota Station, Alice Springs, told the NTCA’s annual conference in Darwin the time had come for beef producers to stand up to their critics and opponents.
Many delegates were clearly worried the beef industry was losing the battle for the hearts and minds of consumers because of the misinformation being spread by animal activists. . .
The government has announced the formation of a working group to work on reviewing all the working groups it’s formed.
“The government has been listening to the public’s growing concerns about the number of committees and working groups in operation and the uncertainty and lack of action that results from this,” chair of the new committee, Ann Overseer, said.
“They decided that the best way to ensure all these bodies were actually doing something worthwhile was to form another committee with complete oversight of all of them.
“Policy is a complex best and if the government is to get the outcomes it wants that are both practical and politically saleable, it needs to ensure the working groups are working and working well.”
Ms Overseer declined to comment on whether her group was formed because the report from the Tax Working Group (TWG) was such a dog’s breakfast.
“It’s not my job to comment on the whys and wherefores of what’s gone on before. My committee and I will be busy enough focussing on ensuring that no canine fodder will be delivered in any other report.”
The new group will be called the Committee to Review all Panels (CRaP).
In order to minimise costs it will be expected to work expeditiously and report its first findings by midday today.
Never talk rich, never talk poor, never talk money. – Clementine Churchill who was born on this day in 1885.
1293 Robert Winchelsey left England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
1318 Berwick-upon-Tweed was captured by the Scottish from the English.
1340 Niels Ebbesen killed Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.
1572 In the Eighty Years’ War, the Watergeuzen captured Brielle from the Spaniards, gaining the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic.
1815 Otto von Bismarck, 1st Chancellor of Germany, was born (d. 1898).
1866 – William Blomfield, New Zealand cartoonist and politician, was born (d. 1938).
1867 Singapore became a British crown colony.
1873 The British steamer RMS Atlantic sank off Nova Scotia, killing 547.
1875 Edgar Wallace, English writer, was born (d. 1932).
1885 – Clementine Churchill, was born (d. 1977)
1887 Mumbai Fire Brigade was established.
1891 The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago.
1907 – Shivakumara Swami, Indian religious leader and philanthropist was born (d. 2019).
1908 The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) was formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army.
1912 The Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras broke the world record in the standing long jump jumping 3.47 meters.
1918 The Royal Air Force was created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force was formed.
1932 Debbie Reynolds, American actress, was born.
1933 The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organised a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany.
1937 Aden became a British crown colony.
1938 – Ali MacGraw, American actress, was born.
1939 Generalísimo Francisco Franco announced the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrendered.
1944 Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
1945 World War II: Operation Iceberg – United States troops land on Okinawa in the last campaign of the war.
1946 Aleutian Island earthquake: A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands created a tsunami that struck the Hawaiian Islands killing 159.
1946 – Formation of the Malayan Union.
1948 Cold War: Berlin Airlift – Military forces, under direction of the Soviet-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.
1948 Faroe Islands received autonomy from Denmark.
1949 Chinese Civil War: The Communist Party of China held unsuccessful peace talks with the Kuomintang in Beijing, after three years of fighting.
1949 The Canadian government repealed Japanese Canadian internmentafter seven years.
1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorised the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
1957 BBC Spaghetti tree hoax broadcast on current affairs programme Panorama.
1961 Susan Boyle, Scottish singer, was born.
1969 The Hawker Siddeley Harrier entered service with the RAF.
1970 President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio.
1973 Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1973 Project Tiger, a tiger conservation project, was launched in the Corbett National Park, India.
1974 – ACC began operating.
1976 Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
1979 Iran became an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
1980 New York City’s Transit Worker Union 100 began a strike lasting 11 days.
1981 – The New Zealand Film Archive was launched.
1987 State Owned Enterprises came into existence.
1989 Margaret Thatcher’s new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the ‘poll tax’), was introduced in Scotland.
1992 Start of the Bosnian war.
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
2001 An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collided with a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The crew made an emergency landing in Hainan, China and was detained.
2001 – Former President of Federal Republic of YugoslaviaSlobodan Milošević surrendered to police special forces to be tried on charges of war crimes.
2001 – Same-sex marriage became legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.
2002 The Netherlands legalised euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
2004 Google introduced Gmail – a launch met with scepticism on account of the date.
2006 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the ‘British FBI’, was created in the United Kingdom.
2009 – Croatia and Albania joined NATO
2011 – After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia