6/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.
Castlepoint Station has Keinzley AgVet Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year.
This is a deserved tribute to Anders and Emily Crofoot who bought the station 14 years ago after immigrating from New York State.
Castelpoint is on the Wairarapa coast, east of Masterton.
The station comprises 2790 ha effective and carries approximately 21,500 su made up of 14,000 ewes and replacements and 330 calving cattle and replacements. . .
The farm manager is Stu Neal, who heads up a team comprising three shepherds and a general hand.
The judges have listed some key features of this business: –
1. A shining example of industry best practice around farm management, governance, HR and health & safety, animal health
protocols and implementation.
2. Strong community and industry contribution.
3. Implementation of R&D on-farm, well aligned to current science.
4. Reaping the rewards of “front-end” development work carried out in early tenure.
5. A challenging coastal environment with high wind run and frequent drought.
6. Strong history of feed budgeting and monitoring.
7. Environmentally conscious and responsible.
8. Strong contribution made to the property by the manager.
A field day will be held on the property on Tuesday 3rd of April.
Emily and Anders are not only top farmers, they are very active in their community and agri-politics.
Is it too much to hope those advocating a blanket-ban on foreign ownerhsip of farmland could learn from this?
The Crofoots provide a wonderful example of the benefits immigrants can bring to New Zealand and provide very strong evidence for the case in support of some foreign ownership of farmland.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said:” If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” ?
2. Who wrote The Female Eunuch?
3. It’s femme in French, donna in Italian, mujer in Spanish and wahine in Maori, what is it in English?
4. Who is the NZ Minister of Women’s Affairs?
5. Oh yes I am wise/ But it’s wisdom born of pain/ Yes, I’ve paid the price /But look how much I gained/ If I have to, I can do anything/ I am strong (strong)/ I am invincible (invincible) . . . what is the last line of this song (which is also its title)?
Points for answers:Alwyn got five right which wins an electronic wedge of Whitestone Windsor Blue (Jo is the very popualr MP for Rangitata, also Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector; Minister for Senior Citizens; Associate Health Minister & Junior Whip).
PDM got three and a bonus for appreciating his wife.
Raymond gets one and a bonus for quote of the day.
Grant also wins an electronic wedge of Windsor Blue with five right and a bonus for extra information.
Gravedodger wins a Wedge of Windsor Blue too for five right and a sigh for concentrating on housework and covering the best attributes of women with an etcetera – slightly redeemed by making it obvious he realised what he’d done.
Paul got three, a lost-me with harsh loins and bonus for wit.
Answers follow the break:
Big day yesterday – hosting lunch for Prime Minister – lots of fun but still cleaning up.
Normal service will resume sooner or later.
1762 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, died after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.
1804 Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
1814 Napoleon I of France was defeated at the Battle of Laon in France.
1830 The KNI, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, was created.
1831 The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
1847 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragist, was born (d. 1934).
1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified by the United States Senate, ending the Mexican-American War.
1869 The New Zealand Cross was created because New Zealand’s local military were not eligible for the Victoria Cross. Only 23 were awarded, all to men who served in the New Zealand wars, making it one of the rarest military honours in the world.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
1906 Courrières mine disaster, Europe’s worst ever, killed 1099 miners in Northern France.
1912 Yuan Shikai was sworn in as the second Provisional President of the Republic of China.
1922 Mahatma Gandhi was arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.
1933 An earthquake in Long Beach, California killed 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.
1945 The USA Army Air Force firebombed Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm killed more than 100,000 people.
1952 – Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, was born.
1952 Fulgencio Batista led a successful coup in Cuba and appointed himself as the “provisional president”.
1957 Osama bin Laden, Islamist and leader of al-Qaeda, was born (d. 2011).
1959 Tibetan uprising: Fearing an abduction attempt by China, 300,000 Tibetans surround the Dalai Lama’s palace to prevent his removal.
1964 Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was born.
1969 James Earl Ray admitted assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later retracted his guilty plea.
1977 Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.
1980 – Formation of the Irish Army Ranger Wing
1990 In Haiti, Prosper Avril was ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup.
2006 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at Mars.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia