Chit – a short official note, typically recording a sum owed; a signed voucher of a small debt; any receipt, voucher, or similar document, especially of an informal nature; a note; a short memorandum; a silly young girl; a pert, impudent or self-confident young woman or child; to prepare potatoes or other tumors for planting by placing in a tray in a cool, light place.
Federated Farmers is concerned the call on councils to “power up” the four well-beings re-introduced into local government legislation will pile on more costs for ratepayers.
“Councils up and down the country have lost the battle to keep rates increases in touch with inflation, and debt levels are soaring. Many can’t keep up with the costs of activities and infrastructure maintenance/replacement that most residents would count as core – water, stormwater, flood protection, local roads, rubbish and recycling collection,” Feds President and local government spokesperson Katie Milne says.
“Yet Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has just exhorted councils to power up ways communities can realise their ambitions for social, economic, environmental and cultural priorities.” . .
New Zealand’s emerging sheep dairy industry has graduated to the big league with the launch of a sheep milk toddler formula by global food giant Danone.
Nutricia Karicare toddler sheep milk powder will be 100 per cent New Zealand sheep milk from Maui Milk, which operates two farms on the western shores of Lake Taupo.
And Danone plans to launch a full sheep milk formula range next year under the Nutricia brand. . .
‘Learn so much about yourself’ at dairy awards – Yvonne O’Hara:
One of Bridget Bell’s goals was to place in the top five of this year’s Southland Otago Dairy Industry awards.
She first entered the farm manager of the year section in 2018 and did not place, but she tried again this year and came second, which she was thrilled with.
Mrs Bell also won three merit awards: The Shand Thomson leadership award; the AWS legal employee engagement award and the Fonterra dairy management award.
”I really wanted the Fonterra award,” Mrs Bell said. . .
Master farrier keeps his foot in the industry after 51 years – Gordon Findlater:
Brian Wilson (85) is a name anyone in the horse racing industry will recognise. The former farrier can still be found at Riccarton as the club’s plating inspector. On Saturday, August 10, race three in the Grand National Festival of Racing’s first event was named ‘Brian Wilson 51 years a farrier’ in his honour. Gordon Findlater catches up with him
Can you remember the first time you shoed a horse?
I would have been 14 or 15 on the West Coast and one of the guys that did have a horse was Jock Butterfield, who played for the Kiwis, and he wanted to put some shoes on this horse, so they gave me some tools and to this day I feel sorry for the horse. That was my first experience of shoeing a horse.
What was it like growing up on the West Coast back then?
I quite enjoyed it, but there wasn’t a great future. You worked in the forestry or the bush as we called it, or the mines. I came over here in 1951 and that’s when I really got involved in the horses. My brother was an apprentice jockey, so I thought, well, I’ll see how I go, but it wasn’t to be. . .
This spring, IHC is launching its new Lamb Programme, urging sheep farmers to join with dairy farmers to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families in rural communities.
IHC’s Calf & Rural Scheme was hit hard last year by Mycoplasma bovis, losing half its usual income, in what was an incredibly difficult year for many dairy farmers.
IHC National Fundraising Manager Greg Millar is hoping farmers will now pledge a lamb or sheep to support children and adults with an intellectual disability in rural communities. . .
We haven’t seen anything like this since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Leading up to this year, farm incomes had been trending lower for most of the past decade, and meanwhile farm debt levels have been absolutely exploding. So U.S. farmers were desperate for a really good year, but instead 2019 has been a total disaster. As I have been carefully documenting, due to endless rain and catastrophic flooding millions of acres of prime farmland didn’t get planted at all this year, and the yields on tens of millions of other acres are expected to be way, way below normal. As a result, we are facing the worst farming crisis in modern American history, and this comes at a time when U.S. farms are drowning in more debt than ever before. In fact, the latest numbers that we have show that the average U.S. farm is 1.3 million dollars in debt…
Debt-to-asset ratios are seeing the same squeeze, with more farms moving into a ratio exceeding 80%. Barrett notes each year since 2009 has seen an increase in the average amount of total debt among farmers, and 2017 was no exception. Average debt rose 10% to $1.3 million. The biggest increase was in long-term debt, such as land.
Farming in the 21st century has become an extraordinarily risky business, and countless U.S. farmers were already on the verge of going under even before we got to 2019.
Now that this year has been such a complete and utter disaster, many farms will not be able to operate once we get to 2020.
Minnesota farmers Liz and Bob Krocak were hoping for better days ahead as this year began, but things have been really tough and their debts have become overwhelming. During a recent meeting with their creditors, Liz was so distraught that she literally burst into tears…
Meat with Integrity aims to raise public awareness of the Scottish red meat industry’s animal welfare and sustainability credentials.
. . The campaign will also highlight the industry’s world-renowned quality assurance schemes which cover the entire production process, including farms, hauliers, feed companies, auction markets and processors.
Farmers Hazel McNee from Tealing, Joyce Campbell from Sutherland, Fraser Shaw from Lockerbie and Bruce McConachie who farms in the Cairngorms, were recently announced as the four farming “faces” of the campaign. . .
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Goodness is love in action, love with its hand ot the plough, love with the burden on its back, love following his footsteps who went about continually doing good. – James Hamilton
1248 The Dutch city of Ommen received city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.
1530 Tsar Ivan IV of Russia – Ivan the Terrible – was born (d. 1584)
1537 The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army and the second most senior, was formed.
1580 Battle of Alcântara. Spain defeated Portugal.
1609 Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1724 George Stubbs, British painter, was born (d. 1806).
1758 Seven Years’ War: Frederick II of Prussia defeated the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.
1768 James Cook began his first voyage.
1817 – Marie-Eugénie de Jésus, French nun and saint, founded the Religious of the Assumption, was born (d. 1898).
1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1830 The Belgian Revolution began.
1835 The New York Sun perpetrated the Great Moon Hoax.
1898 700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are killed by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.
1900 Hans Adolf Krebs, German physician and biochemist; Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1981).
1910 – Dorothea Tanning, American painter, sculptor, and poet, was born (d. 2012).
1910 Yellow Cab was founded.
1912 The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, was founded.
1916 – Private Frank Hughes was killed by a firing squad in Hallencourt, northern France, the first New Zealand soldier to be executed.
1916 The United States National Park Service was created.
1918 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer, was born (d. 1990).
1920 Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw, ended.
1920 – Captain Euan Dickson completed the first air crossing of Cook Strait, flying a 110-hp Le Rhone Avro from Christchurch to Upper Hutt and carrying the first air mail between the South and North Islands.
1921 The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain.
1925 – Thea Astley, Australian journalist and author, was born (d. 2004).
1930 Sean Connery, Scottish actor, was born.
1930 Bruce Allpress, New Zealand actor, was born.
1933 The Diexi earthquake struck Mao County, Sichuan, China and killed 9,000 people.
1938 Frederick Forsyth, English author, was born.
1942 World War II: Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.
1944 Paris was liberated by the Allies.
1945 Supporters of the Communist Party of China killed Baptist missionary John Birch, regarded by some of the American right as the first victim of the Cold War.
1946 Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and children’s author, was born.
1948 Three people died and 80 were injured when a tornado hit Frankton on the outskirts of Hamilton.
1949 Martin Amis, English novelist, was born.
1949 Gene Simmons, Israeli-born musician (Kiss), was born.
1950 President Harry Truman ordered the US Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert a strike.
1954 Elvis Costello, English musician, was born.
1961 Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer and actor, was born.
1970 Claudia Schiffer, German model, was born.
198 Tadeusz Mazowiecki was chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe.
1989 Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.
1989 Mayumi Moriyama became Japan’s first female cabinet secretary.
1991 Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
1991 – The Battle of Vukovar began.
2003 The Tli Cho land claims agreement was signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
2013 – 6 people died and 22 were injured when a train derailed in Huimanguillo, Tabasco, Mexico.
2017 – Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004. Over the next few days, the storm caused catastrophic flooding throughout much of eastern Texas, killing 106 people and causing $125 billion in damage.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia