Rural Notebook | Seasonal tips on feeding, weaning from those in the know

JOIN THE LINE: Long queues of truckloads of bagged wheat at a NSW delivery silo in 1949, before grain was bulk handled.
JOIN THE LINE: Long queues of truckloads of bagged wheat at a NSW delivery silo in 1949, before grain was bulk handled.

CENTRAL Tablelands Local Land Services will assist producers by holding two seasonal conditions, feeding and weaning workshops.

The first will be held in the Peel Hall on Monday, February 12 from 4pm to 6pm and a similar event is scheduled for the Rylstone Club on Tuesday, February 13 from 4pm to 6pm.

Topics will include early weaning, creep feeding, hand-feeding, livestock health problems, fodder options and pasture management.

Bruce Watt, Clare Edwards and Brett Littler will host the sessions and producers are urged to ask topical questions.

The workshops are free, but please book in for catering purposes by phoning Brett on 0427 007 398 or

See ewe later

THE steady seasonal decline has forced the Bathurst Merino Association Committee to cancel this year’s Maiden Merino Ewe Competition that was scheduled for early March. 

Conditions vary across the Tablelands, with much of the river hills to the north of Bathurst looking threadbare.

Out and about

BATHURST Merino Association has arranged a bus tour to the Fletcher International Dubbo facility on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 and seats are limited. Bookings to Kirby McPhee on 0401 402 351 or

Please remember the Sheep Field Day at Borenore Field Day site on March 13; and the Bathurst Ram Expo and Dog Auction on August 11.

Little Liam

CONGRATULATIONS to Connor Seaman and Teneille on the safe arrival of their little son Liam Alexander.

The young bloke makes Donna and Scott grandparents and Lynne and Brian great grandparents.

Liam is a welcome addition to the extended family.

Burr battles

FOR those with a cute partner who loves to cut burrs: areas that have been lucky to catch a decent storm now have a quick growing crop of Bathurst burrs that must not be let go to seed.

Producers with cattle-only enterprises may be tempted to not worry about these mongrel weeds, but they have the potential to infect large areas if let spread.

Under review

FOLLOWING 20 years of government dithering on the management of OJD, the current National Plan is to be reviewed by late 2018.

Producers are asked to submit their suggestions on whether a detailed plan is needed for the future or whether the status quo of vaccination, sheep health declarations and the Sheep MAP are adequate to support the principle of buyer beware that applies to every transaction that happens in the real world.

If our human vaccines would work as effectively as the Gudair product, our medical scientists would be rejoicing.

Remember that upwards of $80 million of public monies have already been swallowed by this issue that vaccination controls.

FLAT OUT: These Murray Grey cows are doing a great job with young purebred calves on irrigated flats.

FLAT OUT: These Murray Grey cows are doing a great job with young purebred calves on irrigated flats.

Looking back

A CUTTING from the Western Advocate of December 3, 1993 shows us that Chris Porter of TWG provided these prices from Yennora Wool Auctions that week: P & A Healey, Duramana, 16.5mic. 2700c; M & J Inwood, Glanmire, 16.7mic. 2400c; D & G Bosanquet, O’Çonnell, 16.5mic, 2200c; H Whalan, Duramana, 16.7mic, 2100c; The sale list tapers down by micron until a local 21.3mic. sold for 425c.

The same cutting reported the Ron Rayner, “Glanna” team leading the first shearing of the 40 teams in the Orange Field Days wether trial.

This came from the completion of the first year of operations of Bathurst Merino Association and wasn’t long after the collapse of the Wool Reserve Price Scheme. Superfine wools were really scarce, while anything broader than 19 mic. was hard to sell.

Wool report

THE wool market had an up and down week, with all micron categories losing ground on the first day of selling and then picking up 80 per cent of the loss on the last day. The Northern Market Indicator finished the week on 1829c/kg, down 16c/kg.

The 17 and finer microns continue to rise, while the 17.5 to 22 microns have lost some ground over the last two weeks but are still at very good levels, being 300c/kg better than this time last year.

The merino cardings, which have broken all records, are now starting to slip and have lost 288c/kg in the past month.

The crossbred wools are fluctuating from week to week and are strongly influenced by the movement in the Aussie dollar.

Next week will see 40,686 bales on offer nationwide.

Mark Horsburgh, TWGLandmark

Laugh lines

THE cow cockie had four sons; three were tall, ginger-haired and pale-skinned and number four was stumpy, with dark hair and brown eyes. Dad’s last request to his wife was: “Please be truthful, dearest, is number four son definitely mine?” She answered clearly: “As the Lord is my judge, Herbie is definitely yours.” To a friend at hubby’s wake, she confided: “Thank heavens he didn’t ask me about the other three.”


HE patted young Tommy on the head and asked: “And is your mummy as pretty as ever, lad?” Tommy replied: “Oh yes, Uncle, but it takes her a fair bit longer.”