OPINION: Rural Notebook with John Seaman

DOGGED: The canine workforce of a sheep and cattle property was happy to pose for the camera.
DOGGED: The canine workforce of a sheep and cattle property was happy to pose for the camera.

ORGANISERS of a pest animal control and monitoring workshop at Oberon RSL on Wednesday, April 26 have put together some capable presenters who will address some topical subjects. 

Alistair Gordon-Smith will discuss predator control, including the Canid ejector; Emma Sawyers will present updates on the K5 rabbit virus; and Peter West will explain and demonstrate the Feral Scan App. 

The day is free and will start at 9.30am, with light lunch at 12.30pm. All are welcome, but an RSVP is a must by Friday, April 21 to Jessica on 6391 3907 or jessica.marsh@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

Trade troubles

RECENT events in Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan have caused nervousness around the globe as we hope that cool heads will prevail on every side of these conflicts.

The possibility of superpowers such as China being drawn into problems raises the spectre of widespread trade disruptions. 

When we think of our country’s reliance on China for much of our mined product, 80pc of our raw wool and huge volumes of gas, we realise just how important a peaceful settlement of world conflicts will be to Australia.

Election looms

NOMINATIONS have closed for election to the board of Central Tablelands Local Land Services and at my last count there is not a large field to face the starter. 

Voting will take place for those who bothered to enrol (90pc or so didn’t) during May, with results decided during early June. 

There is much apathy towards many government bodies at present, but genuinely elected board members are really needed if a major animal health issue arises.

Laugh lines

GEORGE needs to advise everyone of the dangers of drinking too much tea. He said he had 10 schooners at the local on a recent night and landed home at 2am, only to find his wife wide awake after drinking endless cups of tea. He said he was peaceful, silent and calm and ready for sleep while she was like a red hornet and yelling and shouting. He asks all wives to be aware of the dangers of drinking too much tea if you can’t handle it.