The N.Z.$ raw milk price for commodity milk producers (99% of NZ dairy farmers) is, for the coming season, expected to be very close to the ten year (inflation-adjusted) average of NZ$ 6/ Kg of Milk Solids.
Of course we, unlike Australia, are still selling to Russia because Vlad knows that we are the good guys.
But you are right about the China dairy market. Worldwide , an extra 7 billion litres of milk was produced in the first half of 2014. It has to find a home somewhere.
Why anyone chooses to play in the world milk powder markets is beyond me; you can never get rich by selling to the poor.
Looks like the British guys have a long way to fall yet before they start cutting into your exports to China.
I’ve a cousin who’s in the process of getting out of a 300 milking cow (holstein) herd and a rented farm. He’s in his mid fifties, none of his kids are interested. he was also about the youngest farmer in the valley
I use 14 litre /Kg M.S. for my polled North American Holsteins.
The very small black things down here are reckoned at 8.5-9.0 % M.S. . . say 4.5-5.0% fat and 4% protein so roughly 11.75 litres per Kg of M.S.
But definitely no threat from your neck of the woods.
Just for the record , my factory pays my farm NZ$ 1.50 per litre, but my selling price (after pasteurisation and culturing etc) is NZ$ 4.60 / litre FIS.
Chatting to the Kiwi guy who was over with the spraying helicopter this year, he was saying that there’s a resurgence of interest in bulls like hereford, Angus and white shorthorns at the expense of the higher maintenance and harder calving limousins, charolais, belgian blues etc. is that a general thing?
For years our little hairy galloways were laughed at over here, not any longer.
My herd is all aAa analysed so I’m using the correct bull for every individual mating.
I’ll always use a homozygous polled A2A2 HO if the bull has the right aAa code.
If I cant get the right aAa code in a HO , I’ll use a Norwegian Red.
Yes the fad that developed around the double-muscle breeds is pretty much over now. Most of the beef is run on hilly country so Angus is very popular, as is polled Hereford.
There is a smattering of any breed you care to name , including Belted Galloway and Highland. Not many straight Galloway around.
Limousins still have their followers because they are easy to manage. And they look good.
I whole heartedly agree. The idea (either of the market or of the caesin structure) hasn’t hit the mainstream here yet, but there’s no saying that it won’t, and you Kiwis are in the lead if it does take hold here.
I seem to remember you saying that you are about in the middle of the northern Island. I deffinitely remember you saying that you have land that floods (hence goats to keep the weeds eaten).
What is the mainstay of your sward? is grass, or clover dominant in the summer?
If it’s clover, do you have to lime and spread phosphate to encourage it?
I’m guessing that dockens found their way accross in grass seed – and if you are spreading slurry, the high potash will suit them – do you need to rotate the goats or have goats in the grazed out paddocks for a few days after the cows are moved on, in order to knock the docks back (the sheep eat ours)?
Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
H L Mencken, In Defense of Women (1918)
No we are safe from Ebola here, we just have the Black death to worry about it’s carried by the local vermin here. Have you ever noticed that when the Gubmn’t gets itself into a pickle things like famous person commits suicide happen or they shoot someone in a high melanin content area to start oh say a riot.
It appears to be very difficult for people to come out of a situation in which they experience chronic high adrenaline levels and continuous twisted bullshit eg “I’m not randomly bullying the shit out of you and screaming in your face at any hour of the day or night, I’m making a man out of you” and remain normally functioning human beings.
Some become narcissistic and psychopathic, others continue to use the methods of distracting themselves and dissociating from the fear that they learned, and trying to stop strong memories of that fear being triggered – even though those responses are very dysfunctional in normal life.
In that sense the rhythm of ups and downs of a bi polar might just be a cycle of keeping the demon memories at bay through creativity and distraction, then gradually the fears creep back in and the person is unable to function for a while.
There’s also an empirically demonstrated effect of high levels of stress in utero, in those who were in utero during the Dutch Hunger.
In that respect, is it a surprise that cultures which practice male genital mutilation (usually without pain control) seem to be the ones which are most dysfunctional with respect to violence (and probably shit marriages too); The British aristocracy in the 20th century, the united state, throughout the 20th century and up to present, Israel, the muzzies?
Add into that “national service”
Different people are going to be susceptible in different ways, thers’s probably a huge variation in nature and nurture componants. Some people probably are born with a mis wired amygdala and very little frontal cortex activity.
There’s a load of Robert Sapolsky stuff on high levels of chronic stress, also did I share the vid of Sapolsky talking about the toxoplasma parasite and his students’ research into it reprogramming rats brains? it ties in very well with the parasitism of the state and the sort of tricks that Tomas Schuman (aka Yuri Bezmenov) was describing in “Love Letter to America”
Lots to talk about before that NATO conference happens in Wales – after that agrees on going to war with Russia, so the cronies can rob russian natural resources and tax the people, we’ll probably all get nuked or euthenized in the name of population reduction.
Incidentally, check out Bill Maloney’s pie n mash youtube channel for his recent uploads on the ongoing establishment kiddy fiddler cover-up.
Others are probably epigenetic which means a genetic susceptibility triggered by nurturing factors eg sociopaths it is impossible to make a normal adult into a sociopath however maltreatment of children can skew their development and turn them into sociopaths. It would explain why our glorious leaders who went to certain public schools lack empathy and like to loot and pillage the system.