Quaggy – of the nature of or resembling a quagmire; marshy; boggy, soft and watery; flabby; pillowy; yielding easily to pressure or weight; not firm.
Farmers frustrated with increased poaching – Mike Watson:
Kit Sandall shakes his head.
Normally mild mannered, the Awatere, Marlborough, sheep farmer is bemused by the sentencing of a helicopter pilot caught poaching on his property earlier this year.
Sandall was reacting to a report that the pilot, Dean Matthews, of Renwick, had been fined $2000 for unlawful hunting after being caught on film poaching on Sandall’s land in April.
The maximum penalty for the court to uphold is $100,000 fine, and/or $200,000 for corporate offending.
Sandall received the $2000 fine payment as reparation but he is still shaking his head. . .
It’s all about teamwork for Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells – Sonita Chandar:
An award-winning Otago farming couple credit their success to hard work and good governance.
Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells who farm at Outram were this year’s Supreme winners of the Dairy Business of the Year competition.
The couple who are 50 per cent equity shareholders in the business, say the support they receive immeasurable. . .
An unmanned crop-spraying helicopter has become the first drone to be approved for commercial work under new aviation rules.
The Yamaha Rmax, reportedly costing $120,000, on Thursday received the Civil Aviation Authority’s first certification to be used as a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle.
Before August 1, the old rules meant it could not have been used because of its weight (at nearly 100kg) and the intention to use chemicals. . .
The lingering effects of the devastating PSA outbreak didn’t stop Bay of Plenty Kiwifruit growers Stephen Kenna and Phillipa Wright entering the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
“We are passionate about the Kiwifruit industry, despite its biosecurity issues, and we thought we had a good story to tell,” Stephen says.
He and Phillipa run a 15ha orchard at Ongare Point, north of Katikati. Like many kiwifruit growers they were hit hard by the vine disease PSA-V, but the couple’s positive attitude and careful planning have helped them cope with the disaster. This impressed judges of the 2015 Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA), who awarded the operation three category awards, including the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award. . .
The Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal judging panel is once again calling on the kiwifruit industry to nominate their finest leaders for the 2015 award.
The kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council (IAC) set up the Hayward Medal four years ago to honour the people who have led the industry and established it as a New Zealand export success story, selling more than $1.57 billion of premium-quality Zespri Kiwifruit last year.
IAC chairman Paul Jones says nominations are encouraged for people right across the industry who’ve shown excellence, commitment and leadership. . .
Fonterra Australia has told its farmers to be prepared for the possibility of a step-down in milk price this season.
At the same time it held its farmgate opening price at $5.60 a kilogram of milksolids as part of review.
Fonterra Australia managing director Judith Swales said the company had put its Australian farmgate price and forecast closing price range for this season “under review given the challenging conditions and extreme volatility that are impacting domestic and global dairy markets”. . .
You may not remember the time you let me go first. Or the time you dropped back to tell me it wasn’t that far to go. Or the time you waited at the crossroads for me to catch up. You may not remember any of those, but I do & this is what I have to say to you: today, no matter what it takes, we ride home together. –
Riding Home ©2014 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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1522 The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returned to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.
1620 The Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth on the Mayflower to settle in North America.
1634 Thirty Years’ War: In the Battle of Nördlingen the Catholic Imperial army defeated Protestant armies of Sweden and Germany.
1669 The siege of Candia ended with the Venetian fortress surrendering to the Ottomans.
1729 Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher, was born (d. 1786).
1757 Marquis de Lafayette, French soldier and statesman, was born (d. 1834).
1781 The Battle of Groton Heights resulted a British victory.
1800 Catharine Beecher, American educator, was born (d. 1878).
1860 Jane Addams, American social worker, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born (d. 1935).
1870 Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming became the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally.
1888 Charles Turner became the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season.
1919 Wilson Greatbatch, American inventor (cardiac pacemaker), was born (d. 2011).
1930 Argentine president Hipólito Yrigoyen was deposed in a military coup.
1937 Spanish Civil War: The start of the Battle of El Mazuco.
1939 World War II: The Battle of Barking Creek.
1943 Roger Waters, British musician (Pink Floyd), was born.
1943 The Monterrey Institute of Technology, was founded in Monterrey, Mexico.
1948 New Zealand citizenship was established.
1948 Juliana became Queen of the Netherlands.
1949 Allied military authorities relinquished control of former Nazi Germany assets back to German control.
1955 Istanbul Pogrom: Istanbul’s Greek and Armenian minority were the target of a government-sponsored pogrom.
1957 José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal, was born.
1963 Alice Sebold, American novelist, was born.
1965 India retaliated following Pakistan’s failed Operation Grand Slam which resulted in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
1966 The architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, was stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting.
1968 Swaziland became independent.
1970 Two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York were simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP and taken to Dawson’s Field in Jordan.
1972 Munich Massacre: 9 Israeli athletes and a German policeman taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games by the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group died at the hands of the kidnappers during a failed rescue attempt.
1976 Soviet air force pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko landed a MiG-25 jet fighter on the island of Hokkaidō and requests political asylum in the United States.
1985 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
1986 In Istanbul, two terrorists from Abu Nidal’s organisation killed 22 and wounded six inside the Neve Shalom synagogue during Shabbat services.
1991 – The name Saint Petersburg was restored to Russia’s second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.
1997 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales which was watched by a television audience of more than 2.5 billion.
2008 – Turkish President Abdullah Gül attended an association football match in Armenia after an invitation by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan; he is the first Turkish head of state to visit the country.
2012 – 61 people died and 48 others were injured after a fishing boatcapsized off the Izmir Province coast of Turkey, near the Greek Aegean islands.
Sourced from NZ History & Wikipedia