Agriculture & Livestock

Australia’s beef industry copping a roasting

By Dominic Geiger
Over recent weeks, the debate surrounding Australian live exports has been heating up like a flame grilled steak.

Following the exposure of horrific images of animal cruelty in a number of Indonesian abattoirs on the ABC’s Four Corners program, it seems that everyone in Australia has a view on the issue.

Most recently, the controversy has seen federal independents Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie submitting identical bills calling for a gradual phasing out of all Australian live exports by 2014.

At the same time, ABC Rural has reported a recent meeting between Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and his Indonesian counterpart has ended without either party reaching an agreement on new animal welfare standards.

While the Western Australian Minister for Agriculture, Terry Redman ,has said the live cattle trade with Indonesia may resume within weeks, continued pressure from animal rights groups means even if this were to occur, trade would be significantly limited.

With Central West Catchment Management Authority census data from 2004 indicating there were 42 sheep and beef cattle farming establishments totalling 64,506 hectares in the Lachlan region, the export ban will undoubtedly play a significant role for many people living in the Lachlan Shire.

Local beef producer, Sarah Wrigley, said although the ban would impact northern cattle enterprises the most, southern producers would also eventually feel the sting of an oversupply of cattle in the Australian market.

“[The ban] has an enormous impact on producers up north because they have a small window of opportunity to sell their cattle for the year,” she said.

“If they wait too long the wet season begins and they can’t muster.

“So the impact on us is most of that cattle will come south to NSW and Victoria and that will cause an increase in supply in our market, which will drive the price of all grades of beef down.

“We can only hope [this ban] is a short term wakeup call and Meat and Livestock Australia can prove there are systems in Indonesia that have acceptable animal welfare standards and that we can get cattle back into those systems.”

In response to Four Corner’s program, a former head stockman from the NT, Scot Braithwaite, has written a public letter criticizing the program’s decision to only show Indonesian abattoirs guilty of severe animal cruelty.

The letter has since spread virally over the internet.

In the letter, Mr Braithwaite said the majority of cattle slaughtered in Indonesia were done so according to Australian animal welfare standards, and the abattoirs Four Corners showed were in the extreme minority.

“I have watched literally thousands of cattle slaughtered in the boxes in Indonesia,” he said.

“Yes there are problems, as there are at every point of slaughter on every type of animal in the world, but 98% of the cattle I watched killed was quick and without fuss.

“The shots of outright cruelty are totally unacceptable and the slaughter of cattle is still gruesome and confronting but is not as prevalent as portrayed in [the program].

“Although I abhor the treatment of the animals shown in the video, [Four Corner’s] one sided approach to the subject and the possible effect of that of a ban on live exports is too big a price to pay.”


Mouse baits put farmers and wildlife at risk

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is reminding farmers to only use registered mice baits and follow all label instructions to minimise impacts on wildlife and domestic animals.

“Mice baits pose a significant risk to farmers, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife if they aren’t used correctly,” NSW DPI’s Director of Invasive Species, John Tracey, said.

“There are currently two rodenticides registered for baiting, bromadiolone for perimeter baiting and zinc phosphide for broadacre baiting.

“Registered baits have met strict requirements and their usage is overseen by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

“It’s critical farmers closely read the label and follow all safety and environmental directions, delivery rates, storage and disposal requirements.”

Mr Tracey said the adoption of good management techniques can minimise the impact on non-target species, particularly birds and other wildlife.

“Farmers should closely monitor mice numbers and baits should only be applied where there is high mice activity,” Mr Tracey said.

“Baits should also be placed late in the afternoon as the peak feeding time for mice is dusk and dawn.”

Mr Tracey said farmers should steer clear of illegal and home made baits.

“Illegal baits have shown to be ineffective in controlling mice and also pose a significant risk to non-target species, the environment, farm animals, pets and children,” he said.

“These baits also contravene pesticide regulations and present a major occupational health and safety risk for farmers who mix these baits at home.

“Poor practices and illegal baits can lead to ‘bait shyness’ meaning mice are less likely to eat the real bait next time.

“Farmers should discuss mice control measures and baiting options with their NSW DPI district agronomist or LHPA ranger.”

Office of Environment and Heritage regulate chemical usage and serious penalties apply for bait misuse.

Keeping stock of livestock

Compiled by Dominic Geiger

Police from across regional NSW including the Lachlan Area Command recently took part in a four day training workshop in Tamworth to learn how to bust stock rustlers.
Seventeen Rural Crime Investigators (RCIs) from across the state attended the course from May 9-12, where they learned the tracking procedures of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database for cattle, sheep and goats.
Phillip Tooth, Lachlan Shire landowner and someone who knows firsthand about the problem of stock rustling, said his dealings with the Parkes police stock squad following the theft of lambs from his property had been very positive.
“It’s very difficult for police; tracking stock isn’t an easy thing to do,” he said.
“Fortunately, some of my stock was recovered.
“Stock rustling is something I think is becoming more of a problem with the increase in stock prices.”
“I want to recommend to any other farmers suffering from this problem to go to the police stock squad as they were incredibly helpful.”
Western Region’s Rural Crime Sponsor, Detective Inspector Greig Stier, said the specialist training that occurred at the Tamworth meeting was essential for RCIs.
“Our officers attended two authorised properties for hands-on experience and demonstrations in the handling of livestock,” he said.
“They were also required to incorporate the NLIS training from the previous two days to identify animals and run reports from the NLIS database.”
Attendees also completed the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) StockSafe course, which taught them how to handle stock properly and safely in the field.
The course covered areas such as Occupational Health and Safety, animal behaviour and animal welfare.

Bidders dig deep at Dorper sale

Buyers inspect the Dorper Rams up for auction. OM.By Olivia McInnes

The Dorper breed is increasingly making its presence known in the Condobolin area after a very successful ram trial and sale last Friday.
Over 90 people attended the sale at the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station including 38 registered bidders, and eight active bidders online with AuctionPlus.
The overall sale was extremely successful with 44 of the 48 rams up for auction being sold, while another two met reserves after the sale.
Dorper rams averaged $1829 with the top selling ram bought by Robert Cooper for $4600. This was closely followed by a Type 5 local Burrawang ram which sold for $4500.
Top selling White Dorper ram was a Type 4 ram from the Uley Stud which sold for $3600. On the whole, White Dorper rams averaged $1695.
Sale co-ordinator for the Dorper Society, Graham Pickles, said he was very pleased with the support and interest shown in the trial and sale.
“This sale was our first and as such the pilot project with the Department of Industry and Investment,” he said.
“The second intake of rams was 105 up from the initial trial of 80 so we hope to offer around 60 to 70 rams for sale on March 23rd.
“This will become the regular time of year for this sale and should see more commercial support as it is in the autumn joining time of year.”
Graham said more studs are becoming interested in participating in the next intake, and he believes around 180 rams will start the third intake in February of 2012.
“Studs can see the benefits of identifying elite animals that perform in the top 25% of the figures and are also ranked as type 5 according to the international Dorper breed standard.
These are structurally correct animals with above average meat qualities” Graham said.
Graham believes these are the rams that need to be identified as they will have a high impact on the sheep industry in terms of increased productivity.

Weird and Wonderful…

New Zealanders are currently mourning the death of their most beloved  sheep, ‘Shrek’ nine msn reported.
Shrek became known nationwide when he was found in a cave after evading muster for six years, and growing himself a 27 kg fleece.
Shrek fever swept the country and in no time he was being chauffeured around hospitals and retirement villages bringing joy to the sick and the elderly.
The Prime Minister Helen Clark was even afforded the privilege of meeting the renowned Ovine.
Shrek is thought to have generated around $76 million worth of publicity for New Zealand’s export industry in his time.
Sadly, at 17 years of age and after an ongoing bout of illness Shrek had to be euthanised recently.
A funeral service will be held for Shrek this week.

Carp face casualties in Condobolin Cage

The carp cage trap is now in place to help eradicate carp from the Lachlan River system.By Dominic Geiger

A Condobolin business has been working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority (LCMA) recently to help eradicate carp from the Lachlan River system.
The trap, which was built by Condo Steel, will now be placed in Bumbuggan Creek, south east of Condobolin.
Condo Steel manager, David Salter, said the trap had been designed to exclusively trap carp and not native fish.
“Basically, it’s two cages,” he said.
“The first cage has a funnel in it (to allow the fish to enter) and the only way out is over a hurdle where the fish has to jump (into a second cage).
“Native fish are given to diving whereas carp are given to jumping and the initial trap is closed so the carp are forced to jump into a holding cage and that’s where they stay until the cage is attended to.
“The native fish that are waiting in the first cage are periodically released by an electric driver mechanism that allows them to escape out the bottom.”
NSW DPI Project Officer at Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Martin Asmus, said large numbers of adult carp will be captured in the cage in August and September, leading up to the spawning season.
“The cage installed at Bumbuggan Creek is the second cage to be put in the Lachlan River catchment, along with Island Creek near Condobolin,” he said.
“The cages are positioned on the exit gates of fishways used by native and exotic fish to move past weirs.
“A lot of research and development has been undertaken during construction of this second cage to fine tune its operation and maximise its catching ability.
“So far hundreds of thousands of carp have successfully been removed from the Lachlan catchment and plans are now in place to install a third carp separation cage at Booligal and possibly a fourth at Lake Cargelligo.”

Kennedy’s miracle cotton crop

Pat and Sue Kennedy of ‘White Gates’ Condobolin. Photo: OMIt’s been a long tough haul for many farmers around NSW over the past few years, but for one local family this year’s cotton crop has proved well worth the wait.
2005 was the last time Condobolin farmer Pat Kennedy of White Gates put a cotton crop in.
Drought conditions since then have devastated the family’s property like so many others in the district, and have prevented them from planting much since.
“We had to sell down all our machinery and our livestock, virtually everything just to stay afloat” Pat said.
Now, the tables have turned and the Kennedys are eagerly harvesting a predicted 10 bales of cotton per hectare.
“The main contributor to our success this year has been the increase to a 100% water allocation.
“We see cotton as an enterprise that can be grown very successfully and can help irrigators recover from the last devastating 7-9 years of virtually nil allocation” he said.
Pat believes that this crop will put the Kennedy family in the best position to move forward since the drought, and he says they couldn’t have done it alone.
“How we’ve survived to this point is with good advice, support from the local community and our rural councillor and above all and not least our church family. We give God all the glory for the success we have today” he said.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Condobolin, the Couplands are reaping a similar reward after a long drought.
Jock Coupland of Ag n Vet Condobolin says they’ve also “had a terrible time in the last five years waiting for water – the key driver to our success.
“This year’s crop is a better yielding crop then the last one of 2005. We’ve also used a lot less water this year; 6.5 mega litres per hectare as opposed to 10 mega litres per hectare in 2005.
“The big thing now is that we can carry water forward for the coming summer. We haven’t done this for over 10 years” he said.
“It’s [cotton] all picked and ginned and the quality results at this stage look good and there has been no discounting which is great” he added.

Mark Coulton talks about live export cruelty

The Four Corners program exposing the abuse of Australian cattle in Indonesia was the dominant issue last week in Parliament. I was absolutely horrified by the images and as someone who has spent the majority of my working life as a farmer, I found the images of Australian cattle suffering at the hands of inexperienced Indonesian slaughterman distressing.
I support the Minister for Agriculture for his swift response in banning eleven Indonesian abattoirs that were involved in cruel slaughter practices. However, more action needs to be taken to ensure these inhumane practices are stamped out in Indonesia, and unfortunately it will be a long road ahead.
I received numerous emails and phone calls about the live export trade. I do not support a blanket ban of live exports, as banning all live trading would not only be detrimental in our efforts to improve animal welfare standards in Indonesia; it would also impact heavily on our domestic cattle markets.
I had the opportunity to meet filmmaker Lyn White, from Animals Australia and representatives from the RSPCA during the week. Lyn White did point out that there were abattoirs in Indonesia that were using more humane methods to kill the cattle, and these were not shown on the program. While we were in complete agreement in our condemnation of the barbaric practices shown, we differed in our opinions as to the appropriate response.
To stop all exports to Indonesia we would be punishing the abattoirs that do use humane practices, and the welfare standards that industry has worked to improve would quickly fall.
This matter is very complex and there is much more I could say about this topic. I am against animal cruelty and I was disgusted by what I saw. I will be actively pursuing this matter and will work with the Government to improve the welfare standards for our cattle and Indonesian cattle – this needs to be our priority.

LHPA prepares record mice bait for landholders

By Katharine Marsh, LHPA District Veterinarian

To assist landholders to combat increasing mice numbers, the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities have now treated over 100 tonnes of grain with Bromadiolone for use as crop perimeter bait.
Tim Seears, LHPA Pests Manager, says record amounts of bait have been distributed to help landholders control the pest.
“This is the most bait prepared in over a decade and it’s likely more will be prepared,” Mr Seears said.
“LHPA rangers have also been assisting landholders with mice problems by providing information on early detection, advising and instructing on ‘bait card’ monitoring techniques, and assisting with designing of bait stations for on-farm situations.
“Rangers can mix liquid Bromadiolone with grain (supplied by the landholder) for the control of mice around crop perimeters. Bromadiolone is recommended when monitoring indicates that there is evidence of increasing mouse numbers and there are no mice in the crop.
“Zinc phosphide is not available through the LHPA but can be purchased from your rural suppliers. Zinc phosphide is recommended when monitoring indicates that mice numbers are increasing within a crop and there is potential for an economic level of damaging occurring.
“If mice are in both the crop and the perimeter, landholders will need to treat both for effective control.
“Due to record demand, there have been ongoing difficulties sourcing rodenticides from suppliers and manufacturers. Advice from suppliers that demand has slowed down recently should allow supplies to catch up over the coming weeks.”
Mr Seears said cold, wet weather doesn’t necessarily have an impact on mice populations.
“Breeding will generally stop or decrease over the winter period depending on available food supplies. A high population going into winter usually guarantees mice problems in spring,” he said.
“So keep up the monitoring and control activities where they are required.”
If you are considering mice control consult with your LHPA ranger or district agronomist for the most up to date information.

Mining moratorium to make way for better planing

The implementation of the Strategic Regional Land Use Policy demonstrates a new, balanced and far more transparent approach to mining taken by the NSW Government.
NSW Farmers’ President Charles Armstrong has welcomed a moratorium on new exploration licences, which will remain in place for 60 days.
“Imposing a moratorium until a new planning regime is implemented is a clear sign that this Government is taking the concerns of farmers seriously,” Mr Armstrong said.
“The Government has followed through on a pre-election promise to take a responsible and balanced approach to mining exploration in NSW,” Mr Armstrong said.
NSW Farmers’ Mining Taskforce Chair Fiona Simson is pleased the Association’s hard work has paid off.
“The transitional arrangements include a number of measures backed by the Association’s own Framework for Sustainable Development,” Ms Simson said.
“The decision to publicly release all proposals for coal, coal seam gas and petroleum exploration licences will make way for a more transparent application process.
“We’re also pleased to see all applications will have to be accompanied by an Agricultural Impact Statement,” Ms Simson said.
NSW Farmers’ anticipates these two measures will continue once the transitional measures expire, and Regional Strategic Plans are completed.
“This is the start of a long process of mapping out a plan for regional communities which will ensure balanced development, and the sustainability of both farming and mining into the future,” Fiona Simson said.

Farmer of the Year nominations open

Condobolin and its surrounding district breeds some of the most resilient and innovative farmers in NSW and possibly Australia; and it’s high time we showed the world.
Deputy premier and Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner and NSW Farmers Association General Manager Commercial Services Guy Hannan launched the 2011 NSW farmer and Young farmer of the Year Awards at this years Royal Easter Show.
The annual awards recognise excellence in agriculture through management skills, the use of innovation, profitability, environmental sustainability and community involvement
A joint initiative by NSW Farmers’ Association and NSW Industry & Investment and supported by the Royal Agricultural Society and The Land, the awards have a particular focus on acknowledging farmers who combine sustainable environment practices with profitable production.
Deputy premier Andrew Stoner said “Our farmers have faced drought, floods and plague locusts in recent years yet have remained resilient, determined and adaptable – three attributes highly valued by the Farmer of the Year judges.
Our judges are looking for farmers that have put the best strategies in place to manage their land and enterprise profitably and sustainably – each year the competition is strong” Mr Stoner said.
The Young Farmer of the Year Award is open to farmers aged 16-35 years, while the Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers aged over 35 years.
The Young Farmer receives $5,000, and the Farmer of the Year wins $10,000.
Application forms are available at or at

CSIRO develops Hendra Virus vaccine

Compiled by Dominic Geiger

CSIRO scientists have recently announced successful progress in developing a new experimental vaccine which helps to protect horses against the deadly Hendra virus.
Dr Deborah Middleton from CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) made the announcement at the Australian Veterinary Association conference in Adelaide last week.
“Our trials so far have shown that the vaccine prevents the infection of horses with Hendra virus,” she said.
“Stopping the disease in horses could also help protect people from the disease.
“A horse vaccine is crucial to breaking the cycle of Hendra virus transmission from flying foxes to horses and then to people, as it prevents both the horse developing the disease and passing it on.”
Hendra virus first appeared in 1994 and five of the 14 known outbreaks have spread to people.
Depending on further development, field trials and registration the vaccine may be available as early as 2012.
Katharine Marsh, District Veterinarian at the Lachlan Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA), said despite the news, horse owners still needed to exercise extreme caution if they suspected the virus in their animals.
“Even though we’re not as at risk in the Lachlan Shire as other areas, mainly because we don’t have a large bat population, horse owners still need to be aware of the virus,” she said.
“Certainly once a vaccine is released, and if horse owners vaccinate their animals, concern about the virus should be minimised.
“All horse owners should seek immediate veterinary advice if they suspect their horse has the virus; especially if it has just been moved from a high bat population area.
“Hendra virus should be suspected if a horse’s health deteriorates rapidly and especially if they display respiratory or neurological signs including frothy nasal discharge, weakness, loss of balance or muscle twitching.”
Any horse owner who suspects their horse may have Hendra virus is encouraged to contact a vet or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline on 1800 675 888.

Rural Women’s Farm Business seminar

Central West Farming Systems held a Rural Women’s Farm Business office workshopCentral West Farming Systems (CWFS) held a Rural Women’s Farm Business office workshop at the Condobolin Motor Inn last Thursday May 12.
The workshop was targeted towards women in farming businesses who are seeking to learn new skills in computer based accounting systems to help analyse and gauge their farm business performance.
Those who attended the meeting learnt how to understand accounting statements, the importance of recording documentation and how to set up their own record system.
Presenter, Michelle Todd from Pigot Miller Wilson in Forbes, gave a practical session demonstrating the various computer software programs that are currently commercially available.
Throughout the evening, the women discussed which programs provided the most benefits in terms of versatility, support features and cost effectiveness.
The event was funded through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under the Recognising Women Farmer’s Grant in conjunction with three other workshops.
These included a Manildra flour mill tour and grain marketing seminar, a women’s professional development and fashion gala held in West Wyalong and a rural women’s livestock “Paddock to Plate” seminar held in Eugowra.
Co-ordinator of the rural women’s events, Lisa McFadyen said there was a great response from rural women across the central west area in attending the events.
“It has been an opportunity for the women to learn more in various key areas of their business and lifestyle whilst also having a fun time and meeting new people,” she said.

Budget impact on regional Australia

By Dominic Geiger

The recent Federal Budget has faced considerable criticism over the past week for its apparent lack of allocated funding for regional areas, particularly in the agriculture industry.
CEO of the Western Research Institute, Tom Murphy, said although there wasn’t a lot for farmers in the budget, a significant amount of money had been allocated for regional hospitals and mental health.
“The government has allocated (half a billion dollars) to mental health and that’s a positive because we’ve seen a flow on affect from years of drought that has been particularly tough on farmers,” he said.
“However I think the budget hasn’t cut back enough to prevent the Reserve Bank increasing interest rates.
“This will be bad for export dependent industries like agriculture because it means the Australian dollar will remain strong against other currencies.”
Mr Murphy also said it was important to note that while the regional hospitals of Wagga Wagga and Tamworth received 55 million and 120 million dollars respectively, Dubbo base hospital received only seven point one million.
“I think Dubbo missed out, whereas the hospital in the region where one of the independent MPs is from did very well,” he said.
Leader of the Australian National Party, Warren Truss, said the budget would do nothing to help revitalise regional communities.
“Regional Australians are to be forgiven for being more confused than ever about where this government is headed,” he said.
Mr Truss said most of the funding announced for regional projects would be dependent upon revenue from the proposed mining tax, which was a “lose-lose” situation for regional communities.
“If the tax does not go through the Parliament, the regional development projects will not proceed,” he said.
“If it does pass, then those regional communities will lose the jobs and economic prosperity created by mining development and mineral processing.”
A spokesman for the Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, said the Coalition could not be taken seriously about regional Australia as Opposition and Liberal Leader Tony Abbott did not mention regional development once during his budget reply speech.
“As usual the Nationals are all rhetoric and ignored by the Liberals, meanwhile the Federal Labor Budget delivered $4.3 billion over four years to the regions,” he said.
“(This includes) $19.1 million over three years to develop a more strategic approach to combating high unemployment and skills shortages in regions with the engagement of 34 Education, Skills and Jobs Coordinators.”
Despite this, Mr Murphy said more investment needed to be spent on encouraging young people to join the agriculture industry.
“I believe we are headed for a global food shortage and agriculture is going to be more important in the future,” he said.
“Agriculture has suffered losses in its workforce from the mining boom… so it would have been a good idea to get more people working in the agriculture sector.”

Alpacas for everyone

With the chilly winter months fast approaching, you might now be on the lookout for some new winter woollies.
But before you go straight for that pair of cotton or wool socks, you might want to consider something different this season.
Debbie O’Neill, part owner of Condobolin based Signature Alpacas, is championing alpaca fleece as a way to keep warm: stylishly warm.
“It’s a luxury fibre with exceptional thermal properties perfect for keeping you warm in winter and cool and dry in summer,” she said.
“The great thing about it is the fleece isn’t itchy; people who are allergic to wool most likely won’t be allergic to alpaca fleece.”
Debbie also said mature, castrated male alpacas made excellent sheep herd guards.
“We’ve found them to be exceptionally successful at guarding flocks of sheep from foxes and with the price of lamb as it is these days, you really can’t afford to lose any stock.
“It’s quite economical as well; you only have to save a few lambs before you’ve recovered the money you spent on the alpaca.
“In most cases they will pay for themselves in their first lambing season.
Debbie said she has gone from spending $1000 on fox bait per year to around $30 to $40 with the help of the alpaca wethers.
“The alpacas won’t leave an area until all the lambs are with their mothers,” she said.
“They patrol the paddock during the day and will check out any new additions as they arrive, they also tend to hang around the vicinity of lambing ewes.”
Debbie said because her alpacas are farmed commercially and run over large areas of land, they tended to grow out better and healthier than pet animals reared in small pens.
“From a green point of view alpaca is the only true natural black fibre so this reduces the need to dye; alpacas also put less pressure on the soil than a kangaroo and a lot less than sheep or cattle which is good for not compacting grazing land,” she said.
“We’ve been able to work different blood lines as we have the area to do this and this is assisting us in increasing the rate of improvement in our stock.
“We’ve got a flock of 200 at the moment and that’s growing.”
Debbie is also currently spreading the word about National Alpaca Week.
Held during May, National Alpaca Week will see alpaca farmers all over Australia opening their gates and supplying information to those curious about beginning an alpaca enterprise of their own.
Debbie will open Signature Alpacas on Grassmere Road, Condobolin on Friday May 27- Saturday May 28 from 10 am – 2 pm on both days.
Anyone interested in visiting Signature Alpacas on another day is welcome to contact Debbie to arrange a time.
Information will be available and both alpacas and alpaca garments will be for sale.
For more information, check out, or contact Debbie on 02 6895 7665.

Condobolin Special Autumn Sheep Sale

Bryan Colless, Rob Staniforth, John Hall and Greg Moncreiff at Condobolin's Sheep SaleBy Dominic Geiger

Condobolin is set to become the selling centre for Dorpers in NSW following the success of the breed at the recent inaugural Condobolin Special Autumn Sheep Sale.
Top selling pen for the day was Belleforest Pastoral Company, Ungarie, with a line of 90 F3 White Dorper Ewes, 2009 drop, 200% scanned in lamb to Burrawang West White Dorper Rams making $294.
Tom Tyson, Livestock Manager at KMWL Condobolin, said he was incredibly pleased with the success of the sale.
“The breed is becoming more popular,” he said.
“This is the first major Dorper sale to get off the ground in Condobolin.
“Altogether there were 6500 to 7000 head yarded with 100% clearance.
“I’m very happy with the support we’ve seen from the surrounding area.
“This sale will now become an annual event however we’re yet to specify the exact date for next year’s event.”
Other highlights from the sale are as follows:
Belleforest Pastoral Company:
77 White Dorper F3, June July 2009 drop, 100% scanned in lamb to Burrawang West White Dorper Rams making $236.
31 White Dorper F3, 2010 drop, 200% scanned in lamb to Burrawang West White Dorper Rams making $242.
107 White Dorper F2, 2009 drop, 200% scanned in lamb to Burrawang West White Dorper Rams making $204.
159 W/D/Mo x F1 ewes, 07/08 drop, scanned in lamb to White Dorper Rams making $182.
240 F3 White Dorper Ewe lambs, May/ June 2010 drop at $170 NSRY.
West Pastoral “Lake View” West Wyalong KMWL:
252 F2/F3 White Dorper Ewes, April/May 2010 drop at $170, depastured to White Dorper Rams 6 weeks.
20 Pure Dorper White eye lambs, Oct/Nov 2010 drop, at $215 NSRY.

Increasing rabbit numbers in Lachlan Shire

By Dominic Geiger

The Lachlan Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) is currently undertaking rabbit inspections across properties in the Shire to monitor an increase in the pests’ numbers.
Earlier this week, ABC online reported the Central West branch of the LHPA had said it was becoming increasingly difficult to control rabbits across NSW due to the good season.
Despite this, Senior Ranger with the Lachlan LHPA, Craig Ridley, said the Lachlan region had so far been spared any evidence of an impending plague.
“The early results we’ve received from the inspections haven’t revealed anything alarming, although there has been a natural increase,” he said.
“As always we’re encouraging landowners to be vigilant and to take the necessary control measures to help reduce numbers, be it poisoning, trapping or destroying warrens.”
Craig said anyone wishing to obtain baits for poisoning could do so through the LHPA.
“People will have to come to us if they choose to poison with 1080 and we will then give them the necessary information in order to avoid non-target poisoning,” he said.
“It is important to remind landowners that it is their responsibility to manage rabbit numbers on their property.”

The Condobolin Argus – 10 years old

With The Condobolin Argus’ 10th birthday nearly upon us, first week of May, it seemed appropriate for a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the issues and events that have been critical in making The Argus the influential and relevant community newspaper it is today.
With so many editions archived in the depths of the Argus library, the task of revisiting important stories and campaigns seemed daunting at first, though with much perseverance, the team at The Argus has managed to compile a fairly concise list of ten achievements it feels have been most relevant to the Lachlan Shire community.
They are (in no particular order):
Joining the battle to keep the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station up and running.
In March 2009, The Argus reported on the NSW Labor Government’s decision to close the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station (CARAS). A surge of public protest culminating in a rally in Condobolin’s main street reversed that decision.
Helping prevent the closure of Target Country in Condobolin.
In January 2003, The Argus confirmed Condobolin Target Country would remain open despite pressure to close the store. The Argus supported the store during the resulting six month trial period through a ‘shop local’ campaign.
Helping to promote the Condobolin skate park project.
The Argus has been supporting the Condobolin skate park project for a number of years. The project is finally becoming a reality with the final draft becoming available for public comment following Lachlan Shire Council Meeting on 20th April.
Supporting the RTA’s ‘Three Shires’ initiative to help reduce the region’s road toll.
This project aims to increase road safety throughout the Lachlan, Forbes and Parkes shires. Part of this project has been the wheelie bin initiative, encouraging children to decorate wheelie bins in an effort to highlight road safety. The Argus played a large role in encouraging people to take part in this project, and now also has a very happy looking bin.
Providing full yet sensitive coverage of breaking news including human tragedies.
For example on the 2nd of December 2005, a ten-seater Piper Chieftain light plane crashed on Neil Baxter’s property ‘Craig End’. Unfortunately, the incident resulted in the loss of several lives and resulted in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau inquiry. The Argus printed continuous coverage of the incident from the crash to release of the inquiry.
Coverage of natural disasters.
The Argus has been instrumental in keeping the community aware of various fires and floods which have affected the region over the past ten years. With the real time news delivery available with the internet, The Argus can now deliver information to readers as soon as natural disasters unfold. This was most recently demonstrated during the floods in Ungarie last month.
Promotion of local tourism initiatives, particularly ‘Utes in the Paddock’.
Owing to the Argus’ commitment to improving tourism in the Lachlan Shire (and perhaps due to the fact our editor is one of the artists) Utes in the Paddock has become a ‘must see’ on any visitor’s to do list. Beginning in 2007, The Utes in the Paddock Project now includes 15 ute artworks and has been nominated for a NSW Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award and People’s Choice Tourist Experience Award.
Coverage of Aboriginal issues and events in the Lachlan Shire.
The Argus has strived to help ‘close the gap’ on Indigenous inequality though a focus on providing fair and unbiased reporting on events and issues important to the Wiradjuri community. The Argus has frequently reported positively on Aboriginal tourism, educational and employment initiatives.
Promotion of major events such as the Condo 750, Tattoo,  Condo B & S and our Australian Idol Shannon Noll.
The Argus has thrown its support behind various community oriented events over its ten year history. This promotion has been in the form of editorials, advertorials and extensive advertising features before, during and after events.
Support of local Charity Organisations
When major charity events and fundraisers happen in the Lachlan Shire, The Argus is always in the thick of the action, lending its promotional power to the event. Various charities and charitable organisations.

Support for Community much more than just words in a newspaper.
Born out of a large gathering of members from right across the community forming the view more could be done to promote our region, The Condobolin Argus actively pursues promotional opportunities in may different ways.
The paper looks to attract staff with high level skills and talents that offer its community additional benefits. One staff member worked tirelessly on submissions and promotion for the Professional Bull Riders event. That event attracting large crowds enhancing business for the local community. Yet another staff member successfully competed the local Show Girl promotion being awarded State Runner Up at the Royal Easter Show, thereby doing a magnificent job of promoting our region.
Focus for The Condobolin Argus is very firmly on assisting local community to promote itself, diligently managing advertisers funds to employ high level skills providing a holistic service. One portfolio sponsored by The Condobolin Argus in this way is that of ‘Community Promotions Officer’.
All of this has only been made possible by your strong support over the past ten years. Thank you for helping us to provide this service to our community.
To help your local community newspaper celebrate its 10th birthday and plan for many more, please drop on by the office at 93 Bathurst Street Condobolin during the first week of May -We’ll have some birthday cake.

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