Rural Notebook | Federal guest, giving thanks and drought relief

HOME, SWEET HOME: This flowering shrub in a suburban garden is a haven for small birds.
HOME, SWEET HOME: This flowering shrub in a suburban garden is a haven for small birds.

BATHURST Branch of the National Party invites ladies to a “Ladies’ Lunch; Secret Women’s Business” at Bathurst Goldfields Centre, Conrod Straight, from 10am-2pm on Tuesday, October 30.

This is an event to help raise funds for Daffodil Cottage and the wig library.

Guest speaker will be Tanya Davies, NSW Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for the Aging and representative for the electorate of Mulgoa.

Tickets are $45 each from Amanda Wilding, 0428 665 632, or Heather Larnach, 0409 157 246.

TRUE COLOURS: Rosella parrots are loving young lucerne trees in mid-spring.

TRUE COLOURS: Rosella parrots are loving young lucerne trees in mid-spring.

Word in his ear

THE upcoming visit to Bathurst by federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud will be a real opportunity for district primary producers to hear his address and, importantly, have a chance to raise their concerns and their wish lists.

It would be a great disappointment if members of NSW Farmers, Local Land Services and Bathurst Merino Association do not fully book all the dinner tables for this meeting.

When we think of the current issues such as drought policy that doesn’t appear to be a policy, future plans for Australian Wool Innovation and its board of directors, the stops and starts of live animal export schemes, and the broad outlook for our rural exports, we can see the importance of this visit. 

This dinner is organised by the Bathurst Branch of the National Party and bookings can be made through Westpoint Newsagency.

An all-rounder

HOBBYS Yards grazier Jim Cunynghame, who died last week, is remembered as an excellent judge of beef cattle and one of our district’s best farmers.

Jim was a handy first grade cricket all-rounder and a quality tennis player in earlier days.

Sympathy is offered to Pat and the family.

No spray delay

LANDHOLDERS who regularly employ boom spraying contractors are sometimes held up when the contractors face a logjam of spraying that all needs to be done immediately.

Local contractor Rob McLeod has forged a sound reputation for quality workmanship and reliability as a farming specialist in haymaking, pasture renovation and general farming activities. 

Rob is also set up for boom spraying contracts and is keen to be involved in that segment of agriculture.

Details on 0427 311 973.

In it together

TODAY is a good day for every farmer in the Central Tablelands to say a real thank you to our local churches, politicians, councils, charities and all who have given support to the cockies as they battle another serious drought.

Special thanks to the school kiddies who have done their bit to be mates to the farmers and the farmers’ children.

From the farmers’ corner, we must not forget to be ready to weigh in to support the city and townspeople when they will need support in the future.

We all stand together under an Aussie flag when times get tough.

Compare the pair

RADIO interviews with federal and NSW drought co-ordinators by leading industry presenter Alan Jones gave a quite different perspective on drought assistance to NSW producers.

The federal man was hard-pressed to outline much assistance as the charity organisations seem to be still doing much of the helping.

NSW co-ordinator Pip Job gave a quiet, caring interview and she named Rural Assistance Authority and the desk staff at LLS as first ports of call for producers who are genuinely stuck.

Pastoral conditions continue to ease across much of our Tablelands, hand-feeding of sheep has ceased on many properties, but producers are hopeful rather than confident for some weeks yet.

Look closely

MOST of the beef cattle and sheep stud auctions have returned good results and we now move to the annual group of local ram sales.

Sellers such as Blink Bonnie, Mt. Bathurst, Fosterfield, Turon Hill, Farnham and Pomanara each have their regular clientele and usually see a few new faces at their sales.

One of the hardest feats is to sell rams or bulls in our own district as personalities sometimes overrule quality of livestock.

Please don’t overlook the obvious quality at our local ram sales during the next few weeks.

Diary dates

Sunday, October 21: Fosterfield Finewools ram sale at Dunkeld.

Tuesday, October 30: Nationals dinner at Bathurst RSL. Guest Speaker is Minister Littleproud.

Tuesday, October 30: Ladies’ dinner at Goldfields, Conrod Straight for wig library and Daffodil Cottage.

Thursday, November 1: Mt. Bathurst Poll Dorset sale at Black Springs.

Saturday, November 10: Greening Australia Conference at Flannery Centre, Bathurst.

NB. Because this column has been apolitical for 26 years, meeting notices for worthy causes are always welcome. Phone me on 6337 2471 if you would like to announce a date in this column.

Wool market

THE Northern Market Indicator rose by 20c/kg to 2070c/kg this week, led by a strengthening of prices in the 19 to 21 micron range.

Buyer competition was strong on both sale days, however, the finer types less than 18 micron ended the week softer with falls from 5c/kg to 12c/kg.

Skirtings increased from the previous week, especially the freer types.

Fine crossbreds were 20c/kg to 30c/kg cheaper, with the broader types unchanged.

The merino cardings indicator finished the week down around 5c/kg.

Next week will see 37,664 bales on offer nationwide.

Mark Horsburgh, TWG Landmark

Laugh lines

THE meeting was heated as a lady proclaimed her knowledge of live exports, battery hens and lamb mulesing.

A grizzled old cockie could stand no more and shouted: “How would you know, blossom, you wouldn’t even know how many toes a pig has.”

She raised her eyebrows and called back: “Why don’t you take your boot off and show me how many.”

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PLEASE note: Ladies who weigh 10 to 15 kilograms more than hoped for will live an expected 15 years longer than husbands who mention it.