Dairy welfare code needs work – Gerald Piddock :
Farmer organisations have called the proposed changes to the code of welfare for dairy cattle as big, complex and overly prescriptive.
The scale of change outlined by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) and presented to farmers last month is overwhelming, DairyNZ’s general manager for sustainable dairy David Burger says.
It was hard for farmers to assess the impact on their farm given the volume of change and the complexity of the document and the language used in it.
“Farmers are very concerned with it.” . .
Agri-Women’s Development Trust (AWDT) chair Linda Cooper has stepped down after three years serving the charitable trust.
As part of its succession planning and maturing governance model, trustees Murray Donald and Keri Johnston have been appointed as co-chairs and took up their roles on 1 June.
Cooper has served the trust since mid-2019, leading it through further growth and extension of its impact across the primary sector, from farms to boardrooms.
“We’ve come through some challenging times with the pandemic over the past couple of years as we committed to investing in our programmes, and our women and men to help meet the future needs of the primary sector,” she says. . .
This year hasn’t been short on emotion, debate and outrage, but the most surprising uproar for me has come from the Country Calendar episode on Lake Hawea Station.
I hadn’t seen the episode but started to see unhappy murmurs on Twitter on Sunday evening, then who could miss the onslaught that followed on Facebook. I was intrigued, wow, what terrible things had been said? How insanely outrageous was this episode? What epic conspiracies are being brewed up there in Hawea Station? I immediately checked out the episode.
After watching my first thought was, is that it? I wasn’t disappointed with the episode but couldn’t calibrate the incredibly negative comments with what I had just watched. So, I watched it again and took notes, I observed the language, the tone of conversation, noted the references to their own beliefs and listened hard to their philosophy. I don’t know Geoff and Justine Ross but after watching this I have a great deal of respect for them.
When did great business capability, strong values and following your belief system become offensive? . .
Hawke’s Bay company now the world’s biggest scourer – Doug Laing:
The Hawke’s Bay-based company that is now the world’s biggest scourer of wool has committed $2.4 million aimed at helping New Zealand lead the way in the global wool market.
The investment comes in the form a contribution by WoolWorks, the sole-surviving scourer from 28 that once clogged the industry throughout the country and formed around what was best known as Hawke’s Bay Woolscourers.
The world’s biggest scourer by volume, it operates scours at Awatoto and Clive, and in the South Island at Washdyke. The contribution supports new industry-good organisation Wool Impact Ltd, which will work with brands and companies to get strong-wool products onto markets quickly and ultimately lift returns to farmers.
It comes as the sheep and wool industry starts bouncing back from declines which have seen the sheep population nationwide drop from its peak of 70 million in 1982 to 26 million last year – about two-thirds. . .
The new boss of Predator Free 2050 says New Zealand is on track to reach the target and he is excited to be involved in the effort.
Rob Furlong, who has held leadership roles at The Whangārei District Council and Environmental Protection Authority, will take over the job as chief executive from Brett Butland on 11 July.
The government-owned charitable company was set up in 2016 to make a significant contribution to the government’s goal of removing possums, stoats and rats from Aotearoa.
Furlong said he always had a strong interest in the environment. . .
The many uses of CRISPR: scientists tell all – Oliver Whang:
Smartphones, superglue, electric cars, video chat. When does the wonder of a new technology wear off? When you get so used to its presence that you don’t think of it anymore? When something newer and better comes along? When you forget how things were before?
Whatever the answer, the gene-editing technology CRISPR has not reached that point yet. Ten years after Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier first introduced their discovery of CRISPR, it has remained at the center of ambitious scientific projects and complicated ethical discussions. It continues to create new avenues for exploration and reinvigorate old studies. Biochemists use it, and so do other scientists: entomologists, cardiologists, oncologists, zoologists, botanists.
For these researchers, some of the wonder is still there. But the excitement of total novelty has been replaced by open possibilities and ongoing projects. Here are a few of them.
Cathie Martin, a botanist at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England, and Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men superhero team: They both love mutants. . .
Medicinal cannabis company Greenfern Industries has secured a lucrative export deal that could be worth more than $1.6m.
The initial two-year agreement is an offtake order for the purchase of Greenfern’s Taranaki-grown medicinal cannabis.
An offtake agreement is a binding contract that formalises the buyer’s intention to purchase a certain amount of the producer’s future output.
Managing director Dan Casey said the cannabis will be for use in an overseas medicinal market and, depending on which chemotypes are supplied, could be worth in excess of NZD1.6 million over the contract’s duration. . .