Lamb – a young sheep, especially one less than a year old or without permanent teeth; the young of various animals (such as the smaller antelopes) other than sheep; the meat of a young sheep; to give birth to lambs; a gentle, innocent, meek or weak person; a person who is easily cheated or outsmarted, especially an inexperienced speculator; to encourage someone to squander their money, especially on alcohol.
RWNZ leader encourages rural women – Sally Brooker:
Rural women are underpaid and undervalued despite their multiple contributions to their farm, family, home and community, Fiona Gower says.
The national Rural Women New Zealand president spoke in Oamaru this month at a workshop called ”A Leading Voice”. Organised by local Rural Women members, it aimed to help women gain confidence, express themselves, and network with like-minded people.
Ms Gower said women’s input to the farm and household should be recognised by their peers and family.
And women should take the words ”just” and ”only” out of their vocabulary when describing themselves. . .
Feed grain not among good options – Annette Scott:
Good returns for store lambs and strong signals from the milling industry mean arable farmers are opting out of autumn feed grain plantings.
Growers are hunting out their best options and after a good year last year with lambs they are at the top of the priority list for many arable farmers again this year, Federated Farmers grains vice-chairman Brian Leadley said.
The market signals coming from the mills are also encouraging for New Zealand’s drive towards self-sufficiency. . .
Dairy’s top woman backs recycling – Pam Tipa:
Dairy Woman of the Year Trish Rankin has a message for all farmers: recycling systems work and it is worth doing your bit.
“There is a misconception that recycling just gets stockpiled somewhere,” Rankin told Rural News.
“Actually, it doesn’t. Everything that is sent to AgRecovery gets recycled. I think if people knew that they may take the time to triple rinse their containers and take them to their local AgRecovery depot to drop them off to recycle.” . .
Three PhD students have invented an edible bale wrap to reduce farm waste.
The patent-pending BioNet biopolymer was developed specifically for farms to wrap hay and silage.
It is the brainchild of three Imperial College London PhD students: Nick Aristidou, Will Joyce and Stelios Chatzimichail.
The trio came up with the idea after Mr Joyce, who grew up on a farm in Rutland, noticed his parent’s beef herd was creating a lot of wrapping waste. . .
Zespri’s returns to growers and the industry reached new levels on the back of strong growth in both volume and value and across all fruit categories last season, with operating revenue from global kiwifruit sales and licence release revenue exceeding $3 billion for the first time.
The results reflect continued strong international demand, with Zespri selling a total of 167.2 million trays of kiwifruit in 2018/19, a 21 percent increase on the 138.6 million trays sold in the previous season. Revenue generated by global kiwifruit sales and SunGold licence release increased by 26 percent to $3.14 billion. . .
A recollection – Adolf Fiinkensein:
When Adolf graduated from Lincoln as a valuer and farm consultant he went off to Australia and, by accident, fell into commerce where he remained for forty or so years. Many of my colleagues had come over and introduced Canterbury farming techniques. Some did very well, others not so well
I well remember a crusty old West Australian wheat cocky remarking that ‘those bastards charged us a fee for telling us when we would go broke. . .
A reprise for National Lamb Day:
How Do I Love Ewe? (With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
How do I love ewe? Let me count the ways
That lamb tempts the taste buds and any hunger stays.
Of course I love ewe roasted, but still a little rare.
And I love ewe butterflied, from all the bones carved bare.
I love ewe chopped or diced and threaded onto sticks,
With capsicum and onion to get my vege fix.
I love ewe minced with salad in a burger bun
And chewing on the chop bones is always lots of fun.
I love ewe tender barbequed, the smokey taste sublime,
And shanks cooked long and slow for flavour that’s divine.
I love ewe marinated, with mint or coriander,
And many other ways my appetite ewe pander.
Though, proud Kiwi that I am, would be hard to find one keener,
My favourite way to cook ewe is how it’s done in Argentina:
There are three kinds of people in the world, those who can count and those who can’t . . .
It’s more than a little concerning that this exchange in parliament on Wednesday shows the Minister of Finance appears to be in the second group.
. . .Hon Paul Goldsmith: To the nearest billion dollars, what is an additional 1 percent GDP growth worth to New Zealand?
Hon GRANT ROBERTSON: I believe it’s about $800 million.
Hon Paul Goldsmith: $800 million?
Hon GRANT ROBERTSON: About that.
Hon Paul Goldsmith: Does he think that the people of New Zealand would expect their Minister of Finance to know that 1 percent of GDP is about $3 billion and that’s the amount of money that we’ve missed out on given the sharp decline in growth in the past year? . . .
Even those who struggle with numbers would recognise that there is a significant difference between $800 million and $3 billion.
We should also be concerned that the Minister has conceded defeat on Budget responsibility rules:
Finance Minister Grant Robertson has today thrown in the towel by scrapping his self-imposed debt target, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says.
“Grant Robertson has been backed into a corner by allowing the economy to slow, over promising and making poor spending choices. Now, instead of a fixed target Grant Robertson has lifted the debt limit by 5 per cent. That loosens the purse strings by tens of billions of dollars.
“This is a blunt admission the Government can’t manage the books properly, it is not wriggle-room. This makes the fiscal hole look like a puddle.
“You can almost guarantee that means debt at the upper end of the range of 25 per cent. This is an admission of defeat from a Finance Minister who has repeatedly used these rules to give himself the appearance of being fiscally responsible.
“This decision will mean billions of dollars more debt because the Government can’t manage the books properly and wants to spend up on big wasteful promises in election year.
“This will pay for things like Shane Jones’ slush fund, fees-free tertiary and KiwiBuild – in other words, it’s wasteful spending.
“Debt isn’t free. It will have to be paid for by higher taxes in the future. . .
The economy is slowing and its poor policies are, at least in part, responsible for that.
Reducing wasteful spending should come before more borrowing.
If the government had concentrated on value for money, measured success by the quality of its spending rather than the quantity and enacted policies which promoted growth it wouldn’t have to even contemplate more debt.
The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights’. It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself. Queen Victoria who was born on this day in 1819.
1218 The Fifth Crusade left Acre for Egypt.
1276 Magnus Ladulås was crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
1487 Lambert Simnel was crowned as “King Edward VI” at Dublin.
1595 Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appeared, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
1621 The Protestant Union was formally dissolved.
1626 Peter Minuit bought Manhattan.
1689 The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants.
1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule began.
1819 Queen Victoria was born (d. 1901).
1830 The first revenue trains in the United States began service on theBaltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
1844 Samuel F. B. Morse sent the message “What hath God wrought” (a Bible quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland.
1846 Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey.
1854 New Zealand’s parliament sat for the first time in Auckland, with 37 MPs.
1856 John Brown and his men murdered five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1861 American Civil War: Union troop occupied Alexandria, Virginia.
1870 Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa, was born (d. 1950).
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
1887 Edward “Mick” Mannock, Irish WWI flying ace was born (d. 1918).
1895 Henry Irving became the first person from the theatre to be knighted.
1900 Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexed the Orange Free State.
1901 Seventy-eight miners died in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
1915 World War I: Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1921 The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opened.
1930 Amy Johnson landed in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
1935 The first night game in Major League Baseball history was played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.
1941 Bob Dylan, American singer and songwriter, was born.
1943 – Turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic – Germany’s Admiral Dönitz, alarmed at the heavy losses inflicted by increasingly strong Allied escort forces (a total of 41 U-boats were sunk that month), ordered the temporary withdrawal of U-boat ‘wolf packs’ from the North Atlantic.
1943 Josef Mengele became chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1945 Priscilla Presley, American actress, was born.
1956 Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbāna.
1956 The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland.
1958 United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1960 Kristin Scott Thomas, English actress, was born.
1960 Guy Fletcher, British keyboardist (Dire Straits), was born.
1961 American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
1967 Egypt imposed a blockade and siege of the Red Sea coast of Israel.
1968 FLQ separatists bombed the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
1970 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole began in the Soviet Union.
1973 Earl Jellicoe resigned as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
1976 The London to Washington, D.C. Concorde service began.
1980 The International Court of Justice called for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran.
1982 Liberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War.
1988 Section 28 of the United Kingdom’s Local Government Act of 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, was enacted.
1989 Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, was awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
1991 Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia.
1991 Israel conducted Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
1992 The last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigned following pro-democracy protests.
1994 Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New Yorkin 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
2000 Israeli troops withdrew from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
2001 Fifteen-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri became the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
2001 The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, killed 23 and injured over 200 in Israel’s worst-ever civil disaster.
2002 Russia and the United States signed the Moscow Treaty.
2004 North Korea banned mobile phones.
2014 – A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, injuring 324 people.
2014 – At least 3 people were killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, Belgium
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.