Gimmer – a yearling female sheep; a two-tooth ewe; a woman friend; crony.
AgResearch is developing a method of giving New Zealand exports a “unique fingerprint” that scientifically proves their provenance and could be used to deter supply-chain fraud.
The technology is so accurate that it can differentiate New Zealand, English and Welsh lamb using a measurement that only takes a few seconds. It can also detect what feed – such as grain, grass or chicory – a carcass was reared on, an increasingly important trait driving consumer spending. . .
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Dr Alastair Ross said the new rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometer (REIMS) machine being used at AgResearch’s Lincoln campus detects the “molecular phenotype” of a sample, a unique “fingerprint” made up of molecules resulting from the interaction of genes and the environment. This measurement, which previously took over an hour of lab work, can now be done in seconds on samples of meat, milk, plants and wine. . .
DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle is encouraging dairy farmers to speak up and make a submission on the Government’s proposed Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.
“DairyNZ welcomes the opportunity to engage constructively and share our perspective on this Bill and are encouraging dairy farmers right across New Zealand to do the same” says Dr Mackle.
“The potential implications of this legislation, in particular the targets for methane reduction, are huge for our sector. That’s why farmer engagement is so important. . .
New Zealand women’s meat industry group launched – Angie Skerrett:
A group for women working in the meat industry in New Zealand has been launched, in an effort to attract more women into the sector.
The New Zealand launch of Meat Business Women (MBW) is the latest in a rapid expansion of the organisation which was started in the UK.
The group held its inaugural meeting in Napier, to outline their vision for a positive future for the sector. . .
Farmers’ overall satisfaction with their banks remains strong but it is declining steadily, the Federated Farmers 11th biennial banking survey shows.
Satisfaction rates are at their lowest since the survey began in August 2015.
“More than 1300 of our farmer members responded to the survey we commissioned from Research First and overall satisfaction with banks has dropped over the last six months from 74% to 71%,” Federated Farmers economics and commerce spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says. . .
Safety of people on our roads is a top priority but any move to reduce speed limits should not be an excuse to skimp on road maintenance and upgrading, Federated Farmers says.
“There are some rural roads which are too windy, narrow and bumpy to drive on safely at 100 km/hr,” Feds transport spokesperson Karen Williams says. “It may indeed be wise to post a lower speed limit on such routes, though the overriding rule ‘drive to the conditions’ springs to mind.”
However, the blanket and widespread speed limit reductions being suggested in the wake of data from a new NZTA mapping tool could cause far more harm than good. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Comvita’s chief executive for the past four years, Scott Coulter, is stepping down in September and, while it searches for a replacement, former CEO Brett Hewlett is taking on a temporary executive role to review the company’s underperforming assets.
Coulter will retain a governance role in the manuka honey products company’s business in China business.
“Scott’s commitment to Comvita since joining the company in 2003 has been outstanding,” says chair Neil Craig. . .
A friend got a phone call telling him that a herd from which he’d bought a couple of calves several years years ago had Mycoplasma bovis .
He told the caller that the calves and any of their paddock mates were dead and eaten.
That should have been the end of it but it wasn’t.
He wasn’t able to move any of his stock, including the bulls he’d just sold, and all his cattle had to undergo testing.
The test came back negative.
That should have been the end of it but it wasn’t.
He still wasn’t permitted to move any stock and all the cattle had to be tested again.
The going and froing went on for months, made worse by communication issues, until his herd was finally declared clear of infection.
It was very frustrating but this farmer was well used to dealing with bureaucracy, there were significant costs but his livelihood wasn’t at stake and he didn’t have to cull his herd.
The M. bovis saga has been far harder on a lot of other people.
A Newshub Nation investigation has uncovered multiple serious issues.
We’ve found the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) made mistakes when deciding which animals to kill, there have been long delays in tracing high-risk animals, and there are growing concerns about the wellbeing of affected farmers.
As the Government pushes for eradication, animals are being rounded up for slaughter – more than 90,000 culled so far.
The disease can cause various illnesses in cattle including arthritis, mastitis and pneumonia, and until recently New Zealand was one of only two nations in the world without it.
MPI has $886 million to eradicate the disease – but what about the human cost? . . .
The video that accompanies this story tells a very sad story.
It’s possible to add up the number of animals culled, jobs and income lost.
It’s impossible to quantify the human cost.
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68 The Roman Senate accepted emperor Galba.
793 Vikings raided the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England.
1191 Richard I arrived in Acre thus beginning his crusade.
1671 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer, was born (d. 1751).
1690 Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razed the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai.
1776 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Trois-Rivières – American attackers were driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
1783 Laki, in Iceland, began an eight-month eruption which killed over 9,000 people and started a seven-year famine.
1789 James Madison introduced 12 proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in the United States House of Representatives, 10 of which were ratified by the state legislatures and become the Bill of Rights.
1810 Robert Schumann, German composer, was born (d. 1856).
1856 The community of Pitcairn Islands and descendants of the mutineers of HMS Bounty consisting of 194 people arrived on the Morayshire at Norfolk Island commencing the Third Settlement of the Island.
1862 American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys – Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson saved the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan.
1867 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, was born (d. 1959).
1916 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist; Nobel laureate, was born (d. 2004).
1928 Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captured Peking, (Beijing).
1933 Joan Rivers, American comedian and author, was born.
1934 Millicent Martin, English singer and actress, was born.
1940 Nancy Sinatra, American singer, was born.
1942 Chuck Negron, American singer (Three Dog Night), was born.
1942 World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shelled the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
1950 Sir Thomas Blamey became the only Australian-born Field Marshal in Australian history.
1953 A tornado hit Flint, Michigan, and killed 115.
1953 The United States Supreme Court ruled that Washington, D..C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons.
1959 The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempted the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
1962 Nick Rhodes, English musician (Duran Duran), was born.
1966 One of the XB-70 Valkyrie prototypes was destroyed in a mid-air collision with a F-104 Starfighter chase plane during a photo shoot. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and United States Air Force test pilot Carl Cross were killed.
1966 Topeka, Kansas was devastated by a tornado that registers as an “F5″ on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people were killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
1967 Six-Day War: The USS Liberty incident occurred , killing 34 and wounding 171.
1979 Adine Wilson, New Zealand netball player, was born.
1984 Homosexuality was declared legal in New South Wales.
1984 An F5 tornado struck Barneveld, Wisconsin, killing 9 and injuring 200; 90% of the homes, seventeen out of the eighteen businesses, and the three churches are destroyed.
1986 Kurt Waldheim, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was elected president of Austria.
1987 The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act was passed into law, establishing this country as a nuclear and biological weapon-free zone.
1992 The first World Ocean Day was celebrated.
1995 Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
2001 Mamoru Takuma stabbed 8 elementary school pupils to death during the Osaka school massacre.
2008 The Akihabara massacre: Tomohiro Katō drove a two-ton truck into a crowded pedestrianised area before leaving the truck and attacking people with a knife, killing seven and injuring ten.
2009 – Two American journalists were found guilty of illegally entering North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of penal labour.
2013 – The Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill took place in Stockholm, Sweden.
2014 – At least 28 people were killed in an attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan.
2017 – YouTuber Randy Stair aka Andrew Blaze shot and killed three of his Weis Markets coworkers as well as himself in a Columbine-inspired attack after releasing his manifesto in the form of several files and videos involving his flash animation series based on a minor character from Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom cartoon.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia