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Old 04-28-2010, 10:44 PM   #1
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been AWOL from FTF for a while now...had a disc in my back kinda uh, 'fail' the other week, so my sitting time is limited atm. Just wanted to check in and say gidday, haven't fallen off the far edge of the earth down here etc etc

Bit of local 'colour' to make up for my absence. Our fair land not only has marauding animals, but it seems the plants are out to getchya too:


Farmers' hairy panic





By Malcolm Holland, The Daily Telegraph


April 28, 2010 8:35AM


IT HAS besieged homes, piled up high against fences, blocked back roads and even sparked bush folklore of children being lost in the stuff.


This is hairy panic grass, which has inundated parts of Wagga Wagga and Riverina areas because of drought-breaking rain.

The native grass has now germinated and is setting its seeds as it is blown across the area by autumn winds.

"I've been in the Wagga area for more than 60 years and never seen it this bad,'' Brucedale farmer Jeff Newman said. "I remember stories of parents losing their kids between the house and the car there was so much grass up against their home, but this year is amazing.

"We were coming back from Anzac Day and got home and there was so much of it piled against the porch and door it was hard to get to the door. It wasn't there when we left. On some back roads it's piled up so high it looks like snowdrifts. And it's so light you can't sweep it away or burn it, you have to pile it into bags.''


Mr Newman said the weed had been almost absent from the area for four or five years, but boomed after rain in March. The explosion was helped by some paddocks being almost abandoned by farmers during the drought.

While it can be good fodder in moderation when it has just sprouted, it can also be deadly, an Industry and Investment NSW spokeswoman said.

If sheep eat too much, particularly young sheep, it can cause serious, bizarre and sometimes fatal reactions.

The grass contains a toxin which blocks bile ducts and makes sheep sun sensitive, causing what is known as "yellow big head'' as exposed skin swells.

A grazier near Horsham in western Victoria lost 100 lambs in a day because they ate too much of the grass.

Farmers' hairy panic as drought-breaking rain sprouts a sheep-killing grass | The Daily Telegraph


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Hey you guys!

been AWOL from FTF for a while now...had a disc in my back kinda uh, 'fail' the other week, so my sitting time is limited atm. Just wanted to check in and say gidday, haven't fallen off the far edge of the earth down here etc etc

Bit of local 'colour' to make up for my absence. Our fair land not only has marauding animals, but it seems the plants are out to getchya too:


Farmers' hairy panic




Not surprised that you have something called Hairy Panic grass, not even surprised that it is toxic and causes "Yellow Big Head" in sheep, since everything in Australia seems to be able to kill you, but Wagga Wagga...you made that up.
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Hope you're feeling better. We have a similar problem here in the U.S., you have a grass that can be toxic and hazardous, we have a half a%$^d president and administration that is toxic and slowly putting the country to death.

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Welcome back Zhuk, hope ya get to feeling better and healing up with your back problems and all.

As for the Farmers' Hairy panic.......interesting, I thought you ment something else!

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^^^ Jack hears "hair" and he comes a-runnin'.

That is some crazy shat, Zhuk. Friggin Austrailia....no wonder the Brits decided to stay away and make criminal deposits there. I wanna visit someday.

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...but Wagga Wagga...you made that up.
Nope. It's a city in New South Wales, Australia.

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Hope the back feels better. I too suffer from a back injury, try not to let it get me down. Hope ya dont get lost in those weeds, I thought tumble weeds on the flight line were bad, that stuff has to suck.

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I'm sorry you're hurting friend. Good to see you here though.

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Nope. It's a city in New South Wales, Australia.

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hey thanks guys for the kind words on what I now call "the back situation" - it certainly does suck! I'm rationing my sitting time atm so posting will be of the 'hit-n-run' variety for a while


As for Wagga Wagga - double-barelled place names are usually of Aboriginal origin, they are an 'intensifier' ie "Wagga" means crows, so Wagga Wagga means place of many crows (which I can quite imagine, being out in Woop Woop* - hey there's another one lol)

[*woop woop = relatively unimportant country town, originated from the peculiar sound (‘wop-wop, wop-wop’) caused by the picker-up running up and down a shearing shed carrying fleeces to the wool tables during shearing time]

There are a whole lot of them: Wapedia - Wiki: List of Australian repeated place names

But no one has been able to solve the mystery of why Wagga Wagga can be known as 'Wagga' but Woy Woy never just as 'Woy'
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