Rural Notebook | Government's tax incentives help farming businesses

FAMOUS NAME: A 1954 Porsche tractor would be a collector's item.
FAMOUS NAME: A 1954 Porsche tractor would be a collector's item.

GENEROUS tax incentives that are offered by the Federal Government are now coming to the fore for every business as tax planning is being finished.

Immediate 100 per cent write-offs for both new and used motor vehicles, plant and machinery are a carrot on a stick offer to business owners and they are a huge fillip to dealers and retailers who must relish the chance to recover from the Covid restrictions of the past 18 months.

Tips for jobseekers

THE shortage of willing workers in nearly every field is now obvious but jobseekers need to sell their talent and ability and not just arrive at the worksite.

My choice of an employee would be pretty old-fashioned; I'd like to see people neatly dressed with a tidy appearance, no obvious tattoos and clearly spoken.

That's out-of-date thinking but it usually means that the person being interviewed wants to work.

Stud sale success

THE Jenkins family at Violet Hills Rydal reports a successful sale of 43 stud bulls that were sold to four states at their on-property sale last week.

The bulls topped at $15,500 and averaged $8312 while 15 joined heifers made $3200 each and eight unjoined heifers sold for $2600 to round off another very successful sale of stud Charolais.

Auctions Plus was again interfaced with the Elders auction and 10 young bulls were sold online.

Welcome, little Piper

HARRY and Macey Rudge who live near Perthville have welcomed home their brand new sister Piper.

This little family belongs to Lauren and John Rudge and they all live in a lovely new home on Hollis Lane.

A community leader

I NOTE the sad passing of Brett Bailey, Ginkin Station, who was regarded as a leading farmer in the Oberon district and as a community leader.

He purchased the Wetzlar property from Keith Armstrong's family in very recent times and Brett is remembered as a man who "had a go".

Harness racing legend

THE recent passing of Tony Turnbull takes away a real family man, a good friend and a non-stop worker in the harness racing field.

Others are much more capable of paying tribute to Tony but we will all miss a real Australian.

A great family man

THE grand old man of rural industry in Bathurst, Cam Ross, passed away last week and leaves memories of a successful farmer, an elder of his church and a great family man.

Cam and his late wife Jill, along with his brother Hugh and his late wife Joan, conducted The Springs property at Evans Plains for many years and Cam and his friend, the late Noel Williams, were long-time stalwarts of NSW Farmers Association.

SO LONG: Perthville farewells a good friend.

SO LONG: Perthville farewells a good friend.

Farewelling a friend

AMONG the noise of a rapidly growing country city we were shown a good example of what friendship really means when the Perthville community arrived in big numbers to farewell Shiva Kasturi last weekend.

Shiva had worked 12 hour shifts at the Perthville shop/servo for several years, knew all the kids' names and was the friendly face of the business.

A crowd of several hundred filled the Bridge Hotel and farewelled a very good friend.

Industry's changing

THE recently advertised dispersal sale of the Gullengamble Merino Stud at Yeoval on behalf of younger members of the Kerin family is an indication of the changes that are happening in rural industries.

That stud was once a very active member of Jim Watts SRS Merino system and the sheep that were bred were a type that has been used in a lot of nationwide studs, not always known to the public.

The current operators of Gullengamble don't intend to carry on as stud breeders and in many cases it can be an outlet for grandpa's hobby.

BMA's future plans

ON our local scene, there is some discussion on future plans for the sheep breeders Bathurst Merino Association that has almost chalked up 30 years of operation.

BMA was formed with a template of the Monaro Merino Association with a mission to educate sheep breeders and promote friendship among industry peers.

There must be good potential to take this mission forward as there are a number of younger farmers, boys, girls or managers who could take this association forward.

Hunted in the Hunter

LAST Saturday's Upper Hunter by-election was a disappointment for the Labor candidate and the party leader, a failure for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and a very sound win for the Nationals.

Former prime minister Turnbull failed once again as he tried hard to bring down the state Coalition Government.

Perhaps Jodi McKay will lose the Labor Party leadership as the premier has been seen as a strong personality during the Covid crisis.

As we look towards a Covid vaccinated future we can see the prospect of unvaccinated people being refused entry to cafes, doctors surgeries, airplanes and a host of other venues.

Dr Ross Wilson assures us that we are more likely to be squashed by a B-double in William Street than to be harmed by the Astra vaccine.

BLOWN AWAY: Wind farms are changing the skyline across the Tablelands and are a striking sight.

BLOWN AWAY: Wind farms are changing the skyline across the Tablelands and are a striking sight.

Pastures drying off

EVERY producer has noticed the quick drying-off of pastures as the run of frosts continues and winter rains are slow to arrive.

Supplies of good quality hay and silage are increasing in value and standing stock feed in paddocks has probably lost a lot of its protein value.

Stories and films of serious mice damage to baled cereal crops is showing us the heartbreak that is being caused to producers to our near west.

Lambing ewes and calving cows will benefit from some supplements and good quality grain, hay, silage or blocks will help female animals to cope with winter conditions.

Wool market report

THE week 47 series of Australian wool auctions saw a lift again of 35ac clean for 20 micron and finer wools and broader micron merino wools were up to 20ac dearer for the week

There was an offering of 41,857 bales of which 89.1 per cent, or 37,300, bales were sold.

The EMI lifted 0.7 per cent or 9ac, while in USD terms the market was 1.8 per cent dearer. This would suggest that demand from China for Australian fibre is strong as the Chinese predominantly buy wool in USD.

With the ever-increasing supply of burry types, buyers came under pressure to buy the mainstream vegetable matter (VM) 1.0 average types. This ultimately caused strong lifts in fleece lots under 1% VM as orders were filled.

The West Australian market had strong rises, as there is a much bigger selection of these low VM types there at present.

As the selection of higher VM wools increase, the buyers are rapidly adapting to this and those types are being well supported.

China is once again our biggest customer but we are seeing more interest from Europe, with a large European top maker very active.

While India is working, they are only working at very reduced capacities and potentially this may be for a while yet.

Larger than normal offerings continue to flow on to the market with an estimated 46,117-bale offering for week 48. All Australian wool selling centres will be operating in a two-day series.

Richard Butcher, Nutrien Wool

You have to laugh

OLD George told his doctor: "I'm having dreadful trouble with my memory. I forget where I parked the car, I lose my glasses, I forget phone numbers and it goes on."

Doctor said: "Before we start, I'll want you to please pay in advance."

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A MODERN problem: An old mate was sitting on the front porch when a pretty girl jogged past. His pacemaker opened the garage door.

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"I THIOUGHT you said you get real full after one whisky," said the doctor.

"Yes, I do," said Horace. "It's usually the 15th."