Farouche – marked by shyness and lack of social graces sullen or gloomy; unsociable.
Versatile farmer up for major honour – Sally Rae:
Southland dairy farmer Emma Hammond is a finalist in this year’s Dairy Woman of the Year awards.
Before embarking on a dairy farming career, Mrs Hammond and husband Peter farmed sheep, and she worked in the technical, compliance and quality assurance area of the meat industry.
In 2008, they converted the East Limehills property to dairy and now run it as an equity partnership milking 475 cows, while wintering the cows and grazing the young stock on their home farm at Winton. . .
No ‘major’ changes to DIRA – Nigel Malthus:
There will be no major changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA), says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
“It’s not broken,” he told a DairyNZ Farmers’ Forum in Timaru last week. “[But] there are some things that need to be tweaked.”
He said that the DIRA review needed to protect the position of dairy farmers. . .
Hold those round you to your values – Julia Jones:
You should hold those around you accountable for their behaviour as you move towards making only values-based choices for your farming business, writes Julia Jones.
When choosing those who supply services or products to you or those to whom you supply your incredible produce, don’t focus on price – focus on picking those who best match your values.
Farming is shifting and evolving so fast, and every day you are working hard to make sure that your business is good for the environment, your family, your profitability, your health and your community. . .
Farm gas cuts have substance – RIchard Rennie:
Greenhouse gas reduction has been added to the plethora of environmental expectations on the dairy sector in recent years. A DairyNZ demonstration day at St Peters’ School’s Owl Farm near Cambridge proved to farmers how it is possible to successfully reduce nutrient loss and gas emissions, often hand in hand. Richard Rennie went along to learn more.
TAKING an average Waikato dairy unit and reducing its nutrient footprint is an initial goal for DairyNZ researchers working with staff and directors of Owl Farm.
The farm is one of 12 in the Partnership Farm Project, part of the industry’s effort to lower its nutrient and greenhouse gas footprint. . .
Revamp for regions’ pest control – Annette Scott:
A new biosecurity plan for pest management in Canterbury will better help landowners deal with future biosecurity threats, Environment Canterbury councillor Tom Lambie says.
The regional council identified an opportunity to review its biosecurity plan and pest management strategies under the Government’s biosecurity law changes.
The timing of the pest management review aligned with the adoption of the new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan and changes to the rating mechanisms for biosecurity funding. . .
‘You get what you pay for’ – Paul Shoker, NSW Farmers – Daniel Pedersen:
PROCESSORS aren’t paying dairy farmers enough for their milk and as a result dairy farmers are cutting back on cow numbers, reducing their feed bills and irrigating less.
It’s a simple equation that NSW Farmers board member Paul Shoker believes needs interrogation by a federal “special commission of inquiry”.
“We don’t need a royal commission because its terms of reference would be too broad, we need an investigation into how retailers deal with farmers and suppliers to determine that relationship’s true impact on the market,” he said. . .
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Peace begins with a smile – Mother Teresa
1124 David I became King of Scots.
1296 – Battle of Dunbar: The Scots were defeated by Edward I of England.
1495 Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire was born (d. 1566).
1509 Pope Julius II placed the Italian state of Venice under interdict.
1565 Cebu was established as the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.
1578 Duel of the Mignons claimed the lives of two favourites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
1650 The Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army invaded mainland Scotland from Orkney Island but was defeated by a Covenanter army.
1749 First performance of Handel’s Fireworks Music in Green Park, London.
1773 The British parliament the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1777 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield: A British invasion force engaged and defeated Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars.
1791 Samuel F. B. Morse, American inventor, was born (d. 1872).
1805 First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attacked the Tripolitan city of Derna (The “shores of Tripoli” part of the Marines’ hymn).
1806 – Moehanga (Ngāpuhi) became the first recorded Māori visitor to England.
1810 Beethoven composed his famous piano piece, Für Elise.
1813 War of 1812: United States troops captured the capital of Upper Canada, York (present day Toronto).
1822 Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and 18th President of the United States, was born. (d. 1885).
1840 Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster was laid by Lady Sarah Barry, wife of architect Sir Charles Barry.
1861 President of the United States Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ ofhabeas corpus.
1865 The New York State Senate created Cornell University as the state’s land grant institution.
1865 – The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom were Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.
1893 New Zealand’s Premier John Ballance died.
1904 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer, was born (d. 1972).
1927 Carabineros de Chile (Chilean national police force and gendarmery) was created.
1927 Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr, was born (d. 2006).
1927 Sheila Scott, English aviatrix, was born (d. 1988).
1932 Pik Botha, South African politician, was born.
1941 – World War II: The Communist Party of Slovenia, the Slovene Christian Socialists, the left-wing Slovene Sokols (also known as “National Democrats”) and a group of progressive intellectuals established theLiberation Front of the Slovenian People.
1945 World War II: German troops were finally expelled from Finnish Lapland.
1945 World War II: The Völkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the Nazi Party, ceased publication.
1945 World War II: Benito Mussolini was arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.
1947 Peter Ham, Welsh singer and songwriter (Badfinger) was born (d. 1975),.
1948 Kate Pierson, American singer (The B-52′s), was born.
1950 Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act was passed formally segregating races.
1951 – Ace Frehley, American musician (Kiss), was born.
1959 The last Canadian missionary left China.
1959 Sheena Easton, Scottish singer, was born.
1960 Togo gained independence from French-administered UN trusteeship.
1967 Expo 67 officially opened in Montreal with a large opening ceremony broadcast around the world.
1967 Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, Dutch heir apparent, was born.
1967 Erik Thomson, Australian actor, was born.
1972 Constructive Vote of No Confidence against German Chancellor Willy Brandt failed under obscure circumstances.
1974 10,000 march in Washington, D.C. calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon.
1977 28 people were killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
1981 Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse.
1987 The U.S. Department of Justice barred the Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
1992 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, was proclaimed.
1992 Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
1993 All members of the Zambia national football team lost their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon in route to Dakar to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Senegal.
1994 South African general election, 1994: The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote.
1996 The 1996 Lebanon war ended.
2002 The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
2005 The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 made its first flight from Toulouse.
2006 Construction began on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Centre.
2007 Estonian authorities removed the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.
2011 – The April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak devastated parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.
2012 – At least four explosions hit the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk with at least 27 people injured.
2014 – A tornado outbreak over much of the eastern United States killed more than 45 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia