Some of you have already seen this one on Wilderness.com. I thought I'd post it on here as well. I've been having some time for once to do the one thing I really enjoy apart from the animals,kids and my very very good friends and that is my art - especially wildlife.
Today was the day our country went to the voting polls to elect the government for the next three years. The polls have just closed later tonight we'll know who is our next government. I did my vote along with my Mum. I won't be wasting time with political opinions. I based my party vote based on Fiscal Policy and overall performance for the last three years not my emotions. So we'll just wait and see what happens later to night when all the votes are in. At the time of writing only 18% of the votes are in - it's going to be a long night.
New Zealand is full of old volcanoes and some still active ones. This is Mangaraho Rock an old volcanic plug several miles from the Tokatoka Volcanic plug. Finally got a photo of it from my Mum's moving car would you believe. Not bad considering it was taken at 60 miles an hour.
I had the cows and the horses eating down the long grass on the side of the driveway last night. Didn't take them long to eat it all down to near nothing in a night. So of course I got the "We're starving" look, along with the two cats who had decided to follow me down. So had the Terrorist. I took the camera down of course, to see if I could catch sight of any native birds. No joy today but I certainly got entertained by the cats and the cows. Here's a few photos from 8 am this morning on the farm here.
Marinated Raw Fish
- 500 g white fish fillets
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 lemon , sliced
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 400 ml Coconut Cream (You can get it a tin at
- Cut fish into cubed pieces.
- Sprinkle with salt then lemon juice.
- Cover and chill for 2 hours or overnight or
until fish whitens, stirring occasionally.
- Put in onion, coconut cream, tomatoes and
cucumber, and garnish with 1/2 lemon slices.
- Serve chilled.
I took photos of this little heifer earlier this year at Anne and Camerons'. She had heaps of trouble getting up because of the yard being too slippery and wet. This photo was hilarious. Poor little calf never mind she's up and now out in the paddock with the other replacements and three times bigger!
I love this one. I could just imagine that being thumbed over in the evenings by the fire. Just what every farmer's wife needs in her kitchen?
At last someone has come up with an environmentally friendly alternative to the Global Warming Crisis I witnessed it first hand today. As we head into this terrible frightening recession full of doom and gloom yours truly got a photo of this when I was a passenger in my mothers car today. And well the rest is history. Where's the awards!!!! Just kidding.
5 November 2008
See Also NZ Herald Owen Henbry "Unravelling Greens' agricultural policy
Hot off the Press -Federated Famers Media Release "Mr Key,don't forget water storage is infrastructure too"
Mr Key, don’t forget water storage is infrastructure too
Hot off the Press - Agresearch Media Release New NNA Test for Facial Eczema can save Dairy Industry Millions
5 November 2009
New Zealand’s leading DNA animal testing service, Genomnz™, a service of AgResearch, is about to launch a DNA testing service for facial eczema (FE) that could save the dairy industry millions of dollars per year.
This DNA marker test, which can be applied to Holstein-Friesian or Jersey cattle will include microsatellite markers for both profiling and parentage testing as well as genetic markers that can estimate facial eczema resistance or susceptibility.
AgResearch Senior Scientist, Dr Chris Morris says FE resistance or susceptibility is a heritable trait, which can be a serious animal health problem for dairy cattle, in New Zealand. It is caused by the toxin, sporidesmin, produced by spores of a fungus, Pithomyces chartarum, found on many pastures in summer and autumn. The disease occurs mainly in the upper North Island and in Gisborne and Taranaki, but in years with serious outbreaks it can be much more widespread. In susceptible cows, sporidesmin causes liver injury, with deleterious effects on milk production and survival in the herd.
It’s estimated that this disease costs the country $9.9 million to $110 million annually, depending on weather conditions and the geographical scale of the outbreak. The DNA marker test now available could save up to $39 million of the total costs of FE in a serious-outbreak year, if all FE-prone herds were protected genetically.
Thirty-six percent of the observed variation in FE susceptibility is genetic, meaning that this trait is more heritable than milk solids yield or mastitis. Genetic progress in selecting dairy cattle for FE resistance could be made with traditional breeding methods, as has already been applied with FE-resistance selection in the sheep industry over the past 25 years. “However, the use of genetic markers in a DNA test should appreciably shorten this time-scale, in allowing dairy farmers/breeders to identify resistant animals already in their herds; and also assisting them to make choices about the sires and dams of the next (more resistant) generation of progeny,” says Dr Morris.
He says the test at this stage explains only part of the difference in FE genetics among dairy cattle and other FE resistant genes and more markers still remain to be identified through ongoing research. The research to date has been successful with investment from DairyNZ, Meat and Wool NZ, FRST and AgResearch’s own internal investment.
The research is being done by AgResearch’s Animal Genomics section and this test will be marketed commercially through the Institute’s Genomnz™ testing service based at AgResearch’s Invermay campus near Dunedin.
Once in a while I come up with the odd cartoon or two and they end up in the newspapers now and then. I did this one earlier in the year for the Rural Living newspaper. So if you're thinking of blowing away those fluffy ducks make sure this character isn't headed your way. And no I don't go on the anti-hunting protests.
I love history and while I was digging away I found this great image. It comes from the Otago Witness July 10 1907. A little hard to see since it came from a digital copy of the newspaper but it's neat. All the kids there with the cows in the shed and Mum as well.
I like cowsheds why? Probably because my Grandfather had been a Dairy Farmer many many years ago he passed on a few years ago aged 93 years. Sounds wierd but it reminds me of when I was little growing up in Henderson(now a suburb ofAuckland) in the 1960's and early 70's. Then, before urban sprawl came along it was full of dairy farms, orchards and vinyards. As kids we used to go over on down to the shed where Mr Pritchard would get in his thirty cows into the bales and do the milking. My Dad used to help now and then and if we were good we got to sit on the cows who had names rather than tag numbers. Those days are well since gone. Mr Pritchards old farm ended up being subdivided then eventually was swallowed up by a housing subdivision. These photos are of Anne and Camerons Herring Bone shed and even that will one day become a thing of the past. My neighbour Terry has a huge NZ$3 million state of the art rotary shed. With 750 cows to milk he needs it. I wanted to be a Dairy farmer but it didn't happen. I just have my little farm here all twelve acres with all the craziness that goes along with it. I just love it here.
This little guy was very very determined he was going to escape the calf shed at Anne's. Well the jail break of course failed miserably. He had to settle for chewing on Susan's sweat shirt instead!!
4 November 2008
“All New Zealanders, city and rural, have to work together if we are to make progress as a nation and remain a first world country. We need to earn our way in the world if we are to enjoy the social services and standard of living most New Zealanders expect,” Federated Farmers president, Don Nicolson, said today at the Federation’s Manifesto launch.
The Federation’s Manifesto is its blueprint to enable farmers, businesses and the economy to hit its full potential. The launch is in the presence of Progressive Party leader and Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Jim Anderton, the Minister of Rural Affairs, the Hon. Damien O’Connor, the National Party’s Finance spokesperson, the Hon. Bill English and its Agricultural spokesperson, the Hon David Carter.
“During this election campaign politicians have repeatedly said New Zealand needs to get back on the road to growth through increased exports.
“New Zealand’s comparative advantage is growing grass and converting it into protein more efficiently than anyone else on the planet. Our primary sector earns 65% of all our foreign exchange, which not only provides jobs across the country but helps pay New Zealand’s bills.
“The economic climate is challenging to say the least. We are in recession with ongoing fiscal, trade and balance of payments deficits forecast and the world is anything but certain. With the dairy payout forecast to be $1.2 billion lower next year and our sheep numbers down by nine million, this impacts not just our rural communities, but our urban ones too.
Federated Farmers said farmers didn’t need anymore unnecessary head winds. What farmers need is outlined in the Federation’s A to W manifesto.
· Agriculture is the backbone of the New Zealand economy and important to all New Zealanders: this manifesto is about economic transformation that will benefit all New Zealanders and their standard of living. New Zealand’s farmers are striving to make New Zealand an A+ economy and need our policy makers to do better.
· Environmental and economic sustainability: economic sustainability and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. Farmers naturally care for the environment as they work the land everyday. Financially unviable farmers is not going to help anyone, let alone the environment. New Zealand has a great story to tell on a world scale but myopic policy setting threatens sustainability of not just farmers, but of all New Zealanders. If we really want to change the world we need increased trade access, good market returns, and competitive input and compliance costs.
· Farming for generations: Farmers are in this for the long haul. As custodians of the land, the food and fibre they harvest benefits the entire community. Farming needs policy frameworks to ensure we all benefit for generations to come. We need sensible policies around infrastructure, skills, research and development, property rights and water, among others.
Mr Nicolson said the three key priorities right now are: to ensure the next government controlled its expenditure; getting water storage on the list of infrastructure projects; and getting an exemption for farm animals from the New Zealand Emission Trading Scheme.
“Farming is New Zealand’s best bet to lift New Zealand’s economic performance and the well-being of all New Zealanders.
“The future of New Zealand is the future of farming, which is why we are launching this manifesto at Wellington’s railway station. The station is the hub of Wellington’s transport network and farming is the hub of the nation’s economy, “Mr Nicolson concluded.
Very Red Hot off the Press - Federated Farmers Media Release Federated Farmers counter ACT on Emissions Trading Scheme
This just received
3rd November 2008
“If France and Germany are revisiting their emission schemes due to the economic threat it poses to their car manufacturing base, surely we should be doing the same for agriculture?” Mr Nicolson said.
28 October 2008
28 October 2008
Federated Farmers says ‘good on you Mr Anderton’
Don Nicolson, president of Federated Farmers, has praised the Minister of Agriculture & Forestry and Leader of the Progressive Party, Hon. Jim Anderton MP, for communicating agriculture’s importance to the economy during Monday’s leaders’ debate on TV One.
“At last we have a political party leader who has unequivocally stated agriculture’s importance to the economy. Good on you Mr Anderton,” Mr Nicolson said.
Federated Farmers says that while agriculture contributes 65% of everything we sell to the world, its importance has been surprisingly absent from the election campaign. With only a small part of the world’s surface capable of intensive agriculture and with 80 million mouths joining the human race each year, food production is critical with world food reserves at a mere 35 days. Even at peak output, New Zealand is only capable of feeding around one percent of the world’s population. Mr Anderton’s comments have helped frame the enormity of the sector’s contribution to the livelihood of every New Zealander.
“Over the last two decades New Zealand has employed a magpie like approach to economic development,” Mr Nicolson said.
“Successive governments and commentators have ignored what is right under their nose. Millions of dollars have been wasted trying to find the ‘next big thing’ to agriculture. In the late 1970s it was ‘Think Big’ industrialisation. In the 1980s we were going to become the ‘Switzerland of the South Pacific’ and over recent years, we’ve seen the venture capital ‘revolution’ and ‘knowledge wave’ come and go.
“What has agriculture done during this period? It’s only outperformed almost every other sector of the economy for 25 of the past 27 years.
“What Federated Farmers wants is a clear understanding politicians’ get the fact New Zealand’s future is in the production of food. That way we’ll be cutting our future from the cloth which has made New Zealand what it is today,” Mr Nicolson concluded.
Yes I had to get up to chickens tapping on the ranchslider,cows mooing and the Terrorist wanting off her lead. The weekend had the family showing up and Inaya sick in bed with a terrible flu. She's still in bed - not school for Inaya today. Staggering out to see all the animals this morning I had the camera of course. Came inside and found Dream had decided my box of art bits and pieces looked like a nice comfortable bed. I'd love to climb back in mine!!! Hope everyone has had a nice relaxed weekend - some of you guys are still having it!!!