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Hard News: Five further thoughts

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to krothville,

    The Stand Alone Ranger...

    These commentators who keep spouting the nonsense that gen-y has ridiculous expectations are often the 50+ers, completely detached and so out of it.

    On the Internet,
    no -one knows how old you are...
    ...or even how out of it you are!

    My experience (as a flight-veteran of some 57 solar orbits) is that each generation has good and bad elements and attitudes...

    and there's always bad apples...

    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Please tell me that is because a regular peach looks like a ‘moon’.

    Yeah, no, sorry. I even had a flick through zdic, but couldn't find anything.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Polled Holsteins

    I did read something about Holsteins imported from NZ once a couple of years back - maybe in one of the links I posted earlier. But there's not much dairy farming out my in laws' way. Grapes and apples are big out there. There's a dairy "operation" of some kind a few km up the road, but it looks pretty miserable, courtyards of a size typical for a traditional northern Chinese farmhouse, but the house along the north side of the yard replaced with a brick shed. There's no space up there for NZ-style fields, and growing conflict with the need to protect Beijing's water resources, it being the northeast bank of what once was Beijing's second biggest reservoir, and what is now one of the few bodies of water upstream from Beijing with substandard water quality.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Yeah, no, sorry. I even had a flick through zdic, but couldn’t find anything.

    Ha! Thanks for looking :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • krothville, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Oh sure, lol. But I think there's an awful lot of ridiculous commentary on gen-y-ers that has no basis in reality ;)

    Since Sep 2014 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Private Equity has only ever improved industries it gets involved in, as we all know.

    Fonterra Co-operative Group [NZX: FCG] may establish an Equity Partners' Fund that would source capital from investors for farmers in New Zealand and Australia.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Maori, I believe, are far better represented with an independent voice/party in Parliament.

    I'm convinced at some stage that Labour is going to wake up to the great opportunity in NZ left parliamentary politics - forming a coalition with the Maori Party and leaving the Maori seats to them, and the Maori party campaigning for the electorate vote but leaving the Maori party vote to Labour.

    The right simply can't win those seats, they're just a battle between left-wing parties. Once they line up correctly it's potentially a six or seven seat overhang.

    Not only does it make sense in terms of forming governments, it can make sense in terms of the treaty as well.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Sun Peach
    this site has other names as well - I liked Wonderfruit, so called because 奇异 sounds like Kiwi, apparently!
    This site has some quite interesting info on Chinese language
    - palindromes even, and puns!
    Oh to be a cunning linguist of many tongues...

    Oh...

    </coat>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Souris végétale - vegetable mice.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Pun Search
    No, not really – I meant
    Go the Canes!
    …but I did find some pictures of divers KiwiFruit cutivars.
    Perhaps the original ‘Sun Peach’ stock that grew from the seeds of Actinidia deliciosa Isabel Fraser* brought back to Wanganui (sic) in 1904 is, still among them.

    I suspect the name comes from the ‘stellate’ presentation of the bisected fruit.

    There’s a potted local history here – and a bit more detail on the Zespri site

    * see also

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Whippet good!

    vegetable mice

    diced én mousse...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    奇异 sounds like Kiwi, apparently!

    Not so much in Mandarin - qíyì, which for those not acquainted with pinyin sounds more like chee - ee than kiwi. It looks like it likely does sound like kiwi in Cantonese, though, and many a foreign loanword entered "Chinese"* through Hong Kong and therefore is written in a way that resembles the original when pronounced in Cantonese, but is completely opaque to uninformed Mandarin speakers.

    *meaning the collective of Sinitic languages commonly thought of as a single language even though they're not mutually intelligible.

    ETA: Interesting Tumblr find, one to be bookmarked. Thanks!

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Quickly piping in: I am working in China right now in a related area, and can try to ask colleagues after National Holiday when back in the office.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Sam F,

    Thanks Sam . It's no biggy though, so don't bust a gut.
    Polled Holsteins are a rarity anywhere in the world but doubly so in China. The cows that I sent would by now have produced a % of polled offspring , even when mated to horned bulls.
    I wonder if anyone even noticed that some of the calves would not require dehorning.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    You saw it first at Hard News.
    All the News that is News :-)

    http://www.rabobank.co.nz/Research/Documents/Reports/Rabobank_Global-Dairy-Qly_Sep-2014.pdf

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Cash Cows or Friesian Market Economy...

    Private Equity has only ever improved industries it gets involved in, as we all know.

    Thanks for the link Farmer Green, too
    Yeah. No. - it's not quite what I thought it was, sounds more like they are diversifying into finance and debt farming and using the co-operative as sucker-bait - two bubbles to burst?
    Plus the revamped RD1 Sheds - retail another changing bubble to blow...
    Their push to wring another 4 billion litres a year out the market seems to be based on constant growth and indebtedness...
    Surely there comes a point of balance on production and profit, that can be maintained?
    Corporate mindsets can't stay in accord with natural cycles for long...
    they always wanna hurry things up, or somehow get an edge.

    But what do city folk like me know about it all
    - perhaps it is a good thing?

    and just so long as they aren't doing all this to avoid paying more tax or something 'tricky'...
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    there comes a point of balance on production and profit,

    Just my opinion , but from a certain perspective , we are way past that point.
    Perversely , if we were thinking about added-value dairy , as Australia is currently, we would conclude that we don't produce enough milk in Godzone to even make a small splash.

    Of course that could be a tremendous plus. So exclusive, that you can't afford it. :-)

    Vraiment, la crème de la crème.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    debt farming

    That part is very interesting.
    Does one anticipate a bail-out of the most over-geared dairy conversions by large chunks of urban equity capital, seemingly intent on enjoying the pitiful returns on capital that characterise our agricultural sector?

    Or , the perfect hedge against a prolonged period of financial instability, . . . and then some?
    Gotta better than gold ; they're not making any more land.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Farmer Green,

    ...it never rains, but it Hayley's

    You saw it first at Hard News

    That is comprehensive!

    a whey with the theories...
    on the Demand side
    is anyone working to weaponise milk?

    </hopefully a bad joke>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That is comprehensive!

    Going by past episodes, the effect should hit Auckland about 18 months from now.
    But this time , it appears that the malaise will not be as short-lived as the previous episodes.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    It seems as though Joe Average has a pretty good handle on what is going down.
    Her's a comment from NBR :-

    " We have a lot of headwinds blowing in our direction now with China slowing dramatically (take whatever their official reports say, haircut the positives by 50% and magnify the negatives by 2x and that probably comes close to reality), and given that instead of addressing our major fiscal handicap, extreme household debt, when interest rates were low and we had a window to save, we have instead elected to double down on the housing ponzi market just as the global interest rate cycle begins to trend up after 5 years of central bank rescue financing begins to end.
    I don't see any surpluses for at least a decade given the structural issues we face and the way inflation will soon take hold here (on a low NZD) just as growth tails off following the dairy bust. Stagflation anyone?
    But then again...Everything is Awesome!"

    I guess that we're
    "pretty relaxed about that". :-)

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews, in reply to brin murray,

    The majority of California’s energy is already provided for by solar power stations

    Not even close to that. In 2010 it was 53% Natural Gas, 14% from all renewables.

    Server farms would provide an ideal replacement for the smelter when it closes.

    We've discussed this before on the site. From memory the number of server farms that you could plant in Southland to use all the available power is so ridiculous, that it's other things that hold you back before you get close to 10% of the way to that number of farms - technical expertise, labour costs, bandwidth out of the country etc.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    MosCow Knights...
    Not to worry, once this Ukraine thing blows over, we'll be in clover!

    Fonterra chief executive dairy Theo Spierings accompanied Groser to Moscow in May. Russians were reported as apparently wooing Fonterra to invest in dairy farms, including in eastern Russia.
    Groser admitted he had been encouraging Fonterra to invest in the Russian dairy industry, which needed help to boost productivity.

    What could possibly go wrong....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    The majority of California’s energy is already provided for by solar power stations

    Not even close to that. In 2010 it was 53% Natural Gas, 14% from all renewables.

    I suspect the word "new" was missing from that first statement

    And it is changing quite fast - I was visiting a couple of weeks ago, a co-worker was proudly showing off his Chevy Volt and explained that he had installed solar panels, he sold daytime power to the utility at peak time prices and charged his car over night at far lower bulk rates ...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2608 posts Report Reply

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