Mount Bathurst auction raises $1200 for the Cancer Council

PREMIUM GRADE: Audra Field inspects the line up of quality rams at the Pomanara Stud, Sallys Flat sale last weekend. Photo: SUPPLIED
PREMIUM GRADE: Audra Field inspects the line up of quality rams at the Pomanara Stud, Sallys Flat sale last weekend. Photo: SUPPLIED

LAST weekend’s local ram sales gave us a snapshot of the positive outlook for both prime lambs and superfine wool.

The annual auction of poll dorset hogget rams at the Mount Bathurst stud at Black Springs resulted in a near total clearance of the 70 young rams, a top price of $1350 and a $937 average.

Buying support came from Wagga to Ilford and the average price increased $120 per head year on year.

Lot 10 sold for $1200 and this amount was donated to the Cancer Council.

Good clearance

ON the same day Pomanara fine and superfine stud also recorded a really good clearance of the 32 rams offered.

The $2700 sale topper went to a Tasmanian order while quality rams sold to Walcha, Wee Jasper and the Bathurst district.

Sale average was $1130 and a highlight of the day was the confidence that Landmark’s wool specialist Dave Hart expressed as he outlined the buying surge that is coming for superfine and ultra fine categories.

Demand from Chinese buyers is rivalling industry strength from Italian processors for these specialty types.

$1200 for appeal

FOLLOWING the successful stud ram sale at Blink Bonnie Tarana, the donated proceeds of a nominated ram have been given to the Sir Ivan bushfire appeal at Dunedoo.

This is a great donation from the stud’s owners Kay and Peter Moore and amounted to $1200.

Scanning service

CATTLE and sheep breeders who rely on pregnancy scanning to assist their management may like to discuss the service offered by Sarah Barnes who operates from our Bathurst area and conducts scanning services across a wide area.

Full details from Sarah on 0411 535 023; email sarah@livescan.com.au

Engagement news

CONGRATULATIONS to Blake James and Kathryn Wood who recently announced their engagement.

This young couple have started off on the front foot with lots of plans already in place. Their many friends are wishing them all the very best in their future together.

Chairman North

NEW faces at Upper Macquarie County Council will guide the entity for the next few years and chairman Ian North made a strong statement as he took the reins.

“I love the region and want to see UMCC operate in a sustainable manner and ensure positive outcomes for local land holders in controlling weeds,” he said.

Blayney delegate David Kingham is Ian’s Deputy and these men are very approachable and are good listeners.

The County Council faces a big task in trying to convince land holders who have a serious weed infestation to work with the authority to achieve a satisfactory result.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: The hotel building at Limekilns will feature in Col Ferguson’s torme “The History of Limekilns”.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: The hotel building at Limekilns will feature in Col Ferguson’s torme “The History of Limekilns”.

Electric dreams

WE often read of fully electric cars such as Nissan Leaf and Tesla and the possibility of races for electric cars on our famous Mount Panorama.

The quietness of these vehicles on a race track would probably be a turn-off for race fans; but the opposite would apply for ATVs and ag bikes when used for stock work on farms.

Livestock that always react well when handled quietly would be more tractable if the paddock vehicle was whisper quiet and females that have recently calved or lambed would appreciate the peace.

Diary dates

  • Saturday, November 11: Turon Hill superfines, farnham border leicesters; 20 rams of each breed.
  • Saturday, November 25:  Holy Trinity Church Hall, Kelso, 2pm. Book launch of History of Limekilns by Colin Ferguson. RSVP for catering 6337 7234.

Laugh lines

TWO old mates were a long way from shore when a nasty storm blew up. Night fell and the storm raged on.

George started a blubbering prayer: “Dear Lord, I’ve made mistakes, drunk a lot of grog, gambled plenty of wages, cheated on the missus a few times; but if you spare my life I promise faithfully to ...“

Col stopped him: “Don’t say any more, old mate, I think I can see a light.”

***

THE pretty lady was inspecting a stunning house with the dashing young agent.

He added: “So now I’ll show you the master bedroom and den.”

She paused and said: “And den what?”