Tenebrous – dark and gloomy; shadowy; obscure.
Why does moisture destroy leather? When it’s raining, cows don’t go up to the farmhouse yelling, “Let us in! We’re all wearing leather! We’re going to ruin the whole outfit here!”
Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation.
Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Blue sky at night, day.
Never mind cats and dogs, this week it’s been raining chickens and ducks – really fowl weather.
A friend did her pilot’s exam just after a storm, and flew through a rainbow. She passed with flying colours.
Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith has smashed a World shearing record in England.
The 30-year-old father-of-two shore 644 romney and crossbred ewes in eight hours at Trefranck Farm, near St Clether in Cornwall, beating the previous record of 605 set by Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels in Southland earlier this year.
It was the latest in a string of world shearing records in the family, including the ultimate record of 731 ewes in nine hours by Matthew Smith at Tefranck on July 26 last year. . .
Knee-deep and wanting to cry – Sally Rae:
“It’s just the worst thing to happen to a farm,” Taieri dairy farmer Katie Clark rues as she stands in knee-deep floodwater in front of her home.
Calving is due to start in two days on the Clark family’s property, on Otokia Rd West, yet most of their farm remains under water.
Yesterday, their house was surrounded by water, firewood was floating in the yard, they could not use the shower or toilet, a mattress had floated from a shed into the garden, and there was no sign of the water level dropping.
Ask Mrs Clark how she is faring and she says “it’s horrible. We just want to cry. Look where our cows are.” . .
Canterbury soils are saturated, crops have drowned and pastures have transformed to mud bowls, but in the aftermath of the worst-ever rain event on record, there are positives.
“Despite the fact we are sludging on in extremely trying conditions, and more rain, the positives would outweigh the negatives,” Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury vice-chairman David Clark said.
In the worst-hit parts of the South Island, the deluge dumped up to 180mm across Mid Canterbury in what has been recorded as the biggest rain event ever for the region, while in South Canterbury 67mm of rain fell in 12 hours, more than its average July rainfall of 40mm. . .
• Gross trading result up $22 million to $56.8 million
• Shareholder rebate of $45 per tonne, with total distribution of $54 million
• Record urea production of 277,224 tonnes, with staged investment in Kapuni
• $35 million investment in distribution network and digital transformation. . .
Silver Fern CEO Dean Hamilton steps down – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – Silver Fern Farms announced the resignation of chief executive Dean Hamilton, who will leave at the end of the year, and said a search is underway for his replacement.
Hamilton has been chief executive of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s biggest meat company, for three years and steered it through the Shanghai Maling investment and partnership. No reason was given for his resignation but co-chairman Rob Hewett said “we been discussing for some time the demands on him of working away from home” and the board “appreciates and accepts” his desire for change. . .
At yesterday’s South Island sale, longer 37-micron crossbred second-shear wool increased 40 cents to $3.15 a kilogram compared to last week’s North Island sale, while mid-length fibre gained 25 cents to $2.70/kg and shorter styles were firm at $2.40, according to AgriHQ. Meanwhile, 31-micron lamb wool was also up week on week by 80 cents to $3.70/kg.
Compared with the last South Island sale two weeks ago, 37-micron crossbred fleece was up 5 cents to $3/kg. Meanwhile the improvements in the second shear were not as large due to the premium that is typical for the South Island. The longer 37-micron second shear was up 5 cents to $3.15/kg while the shorter style was firm at $2.40/kg, AgriHQ said. . .
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1014 Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicted a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army.
1030 Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad – King Olaf II fought and died trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
1567 James VI was crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.
1693 War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen – France won a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
1793 John Graves Simcoe decided to build a fort and settlement at Toronto.
1830 Abdication of Charles X of France.
1836 Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
1847 Cumberland School of Law was founded in Lebanon, Tennessee.
1848 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt – an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule was put down by police.
1858 United States and Japan signed the Harris Treaty.
1883 Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, was born (d. 1945).
1891 Bernhard Zondek German-born Israeli gynecologist, developer of first reliable pregnancy test, was born (d. 1966).
1897 – The Huddart-Parker steamer Tasmania, sank off Māhia Peninsula.
1899 The First Hague Convention was signed.
1901 The Socialist Party of America founded.
1905 Stanley Kunitz, American poet, was born (d. 2006).
1907 Sir Robert Baden Powell set up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour. The camp ran from August 1-9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.
1920 Construction of the Link River Dam began as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.
1921 Adolf Hitler became leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
1925 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer, was born.
1926 – Robert Kilpatrick, Baron Kilpatrick of Kincraig, Scottish physician, academic, and politician, was born (d. 2015).
1936 – Elizabeth Dole, American lawyer and politician, 20th United States Secretary of Labor, was born.
1937 Tongzhou Incident – assault on Japanese troops and civilians by Japanese-trained East Hopei Army in Tōngzhōu, China.
1945 The BBC Light Programme radio station was launched.
1948 – John Clarke, New Zealand-Australian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, was born (d. 2017).
1948 The Games of the XIV Olympiad – after a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held opened in London.
1957 The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1958 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1959 John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang), was born.
1965 Tfirst 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrived in Vietnam.
1967 USS Forrestal caught on fire killing 134.
1967 During the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela was shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead.
1981 Up to 2000 anti-Springbok tour protestors were confronted by policewho used batons to stop them marching up Molesworth Street to the home of South Africa’s Consul to New Zealand.
1988 The film Cry Freedom was seized by South African authorities.
1987 Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and President of Sri Lanka J. R. Jayawardene signed the Indo-Lankan Pact on ethnic issues.
1993 The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted alleged Nazi death camp guardJohn Demjanjuk of all charges.
2003 – Moana Mackey entered the House of Representatives as a Labour Party list MP, joining her mother, Janet Mackey, who had been a Labour MP since 1993. They became the first mother and daughter to serve together in New Zealand’s parliament.
2005 Astronomers announced their discovery of Eris.
2010 – An overloaded passenger ferry capsized on the Kasai River in Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in at least 80 deaths.
2013 – Two passenger trains collided in the Swiss municipality of Granges-près-Marnand near Lausanne injuring 25 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia