OPINION: John Seaman's Rural Notebook

FORUM: Bathurst Merino Association ewe competition winner Murray Wykes of “Mount Top”, Euchareena takes part in a “forum in the sheepyards” on judging day.

FORUM: Bathurst Merino Association ewe competition winner Murray Wykes of “Mount Top”, Euchareena takes part in a “forum in the sheepyards” on judging day.

LAST Sunday’s meeting of the Turon Wild Dog Control Group was very well attended and producers across their region are united in their attempts to control wild dogs that continue to kill livestock.

Once again, Local Land Services ranger Paul Medway gave up his Sunday to help the group.

A few key points that were made at the meeting were:

  •  A deputation from the group will request a meeting with senior management of Central Tablelands LLS in the very near future.
  • A training day for users of 1080 baits and/or ejector baiting tools will be held on Friday, April 21.
  • This year’s group baiting day will be held in early May.
  • The Chemcert accreditation does not enable use of the canine ejector tool.

The Turon meeting heard many reports of sightings and photos of marauding wild dogs on River Hills properties.

All landholders in the area are urged to join the control group. Don’t forget that wild dogs also kill lots of young birds and defenceless baby wallabies.

Please ring Jodie or Mal Healey if you wish to join the community group.

Aerial spray

UPPER Macquarie County Council will be carrying out an aerial weed spraying program during March in the area covering Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney, Lithgow and Oberon areas.

The main target weeds are blackberry and serrated tussock and landholders who wish to register for the spraying program should do so ASAP with the County Council on 6338 2875.

The spread of blackberry bushes is obvious across our district as many landholders are inclined to only operate drive-through management and many don’t seem to own either weed spray equipment or a mattock.

Drying times

EACH day our lovely Central Tablelands looks sadder and drier and it’s really obvious that a big percentage of surface water supplies on farm have evaporated.

A lot of hay and grain feeding is now taking place and some difficult decisions on stock selling or agistment are being made.

There is still a lot of the autumn growing season ahead of us, but prospects for general rain are not promising in the medium term.

Staffers at Central Tablelands Local Land Services have arranged a “dry weather planning” workshop at Bathurst LLS on Friday, March 24 from 9.30am to 3pm and some useful advice and opinions should be given.

Bookings with brett.littler@lls.nsw.gov.au.​

Laugh lines

​THE cop stopped our farmer friend on the highway and presented the breathalyser. Farmer asked what it was and was told: “It’s a bag that tells you when you’ve had too much to drink.” Our farmer said: “Gawd, eh, I used to be married to one of them.”