Etiwanda rams, ready to go

Just some of the rangeland ready rams on offer at the Etiwanda sale on the 30th September. Cont

 

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 Rangeland Ready
Hardy, profitable, unpampered White Dorpers that have never been shorn, grain fed or hoof trimmed. Grass raised on the Rangelands of Cobar and performance recorded on LAMBPLAN. Rangeland Ready to go – bred like they ought to be!

Rangeland Ready Rules

We use LAMPLAN to provide practical information on the genetic potential of our animals & monitor our breeding program – objectively.

By running the animals extensively we apply sufficient pressure on the ewe flock to force out the unadapted and infertile animals.

The natural resources placed under our stewardship are managed in a regenerative manner.

In addition to growth and performance, we select for other vital economic traits like fertility, lambing ease, moderate ewe size, muscling ability, structural correctness, disposition and longevity.

Sheep are run in a real-world environment, as tough as, or tougher, than the environment most commercial ewes are run in.

Replacement ewes are developed on a low-cost, rangeland based diet with minimum supplements. We only want the most efficient and most adapted ewes to make it into the breeding flock.

We let the environment sort out the profitable ones; we show no sympathy for empty or dry ewes.

A ram lamb must be born unassisted to make it into one of our ram sales.

A ewe must produce and wean at least one lamb every year to remain in the flock.

Our honesty & integrity will not be compromised.

Further Sale information and Catalogue coming soon.

Enquiries always welcome.

Andrew & Megan Mosely
Etiwanda White Dorpers
Etiwanda Station, Cobar NSW
Office –  02 68 373797
Andrew – 0419 477 983
Megan – 0429 477 930
email: info@etiwanda.com.au www.etiwanda.com.au

 

 

 

 

All revved up for rally

Photo courtesy of Michael Holmes Photography

By Melissa Blewitt

The timing may have changed, but the Slattery Auctions Condo 750 is gearing up for its biggest year yet.

Forty four landholders will make the rally possible, and participants will navigate across the Lachlan, Forbes, and Cobar Shires, and also take in parts of Western Lands.

Nationally renowned, the rally will be held on 25, 26 and 27 March in 2016. This is a change from the regular second weekend in April format that the event has previously followed.

“There was a Motorcycles NSW Motocross series event being held on the same weekend as the 750, so we had to change the date,” Chairperson Sue Broad said.

“We tried for a few different dates, and if we didn’t do it [the event] at Easter, it would have had to be held in September.

“We settled on this date for the event and we are encouraging the local community to get involved and be part of the rally.”

For over 25 years the Condo 750 has been entrenched in the local events scene, and its stature is continuing to grow all over the country.

However, this year, things will be slightly different.

“In 2016, the event will be run from the Condobolin Showground, which will enable the community to see and interact with rally entrants three times a day when they have lunch, re-fuel and undertake vehicle maintenance,” Mrs Broad said.

“Sign on and scrutineering will take place from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, 25 March, with the community being able to look at and talk to participants.

“There will also be a jumping castle and face painting for children. We really want to emphasise that the rally can be a family orientated event.

“Competitors will all loop out of the showground, so the public will have the chance to see the rally entrants throughout the day. In previous years, people have had to travel out to Vermont Hill to see the rally.

“We hope that the community will be part of the event.”

Cobar shaken by double murder

By Lara Pearce

Cobar residents have been shaken by the double murder of a local elderly couple.

With a population roughly the same size as Condobolin, the usually quiet town resounded with the sound of gun shots last Wednesday evening.

At around 8:30pm, police and emergency services were called to a home on Bourke Street, where they found the bodies of 71-year-old Ian Settree and his wife, Margaret, aged 69.

A man was arrested nearby and taken to Cobar Police Station.

46-year-old Scott Settree was later charged with two counts of murder, discharging a prohibited firearm with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and other firearms offences.

The accused was refused bail and attended Bourke Local Court this morning, where he was formally charged.

Cobar rodeo a huge success

Uralla cowboy Duncan Elks shows how it’s done on Nackadoo Rodeo Company’s ‘Deadly’. OMBy Olivia McInnes

Competitors and spectators flocked to the Cobar showgrounds last Saturday for an adrenaline filled day of non stop rodeo action.
Despite being the first rodeo for Cobar since 2002, the committee received an astonishing 276 entries.
Cobar rodeo committe president Cameron Cutting said the motion to hold rodeos again began when “someone said let’s have a rodeo meeting.
“I was elected president and the committee just pulled together and we got it happening,” he said.
“The community have paid for  [the rodeo] through their sponsorship, kindness and donations. If they couldn’t give us money, they donated their equipment and machinery to get the grounds in order.
“Today is really important for the community. It’s a great time for us to just get together in the bush.”
The rodeo consisted of a full day of events including the ever popular bull ride and saddle bronc which offered plenty of excitement for the eager crowd.
Other popular events included calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and the inaugural Cobar Rodeo Princess competition.
“The day has been excellent,” Cameron said.
“ It has more than met everyone’s expectations and I just can’t thank everyone who has been involved in running it enough.
“We want to continue to run this event and make it  bigger and better in the years to come.”

Cowboys & cowgirls head to Cobar this Saturday

This weekend’s Cobar Rodeo has received more than two hundred entries.
Cobar Rodeo Committee Inc President, Cameron Cutting, said he was impressed with the amount of entries for the 2011 Rodeo.
It will be the first full day of rodeo entertainment to be held in Cobar for many years.
Some of the top Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) Rodeo competitors in NSW have nominated for the Rodeo to be held at the traditional home for rodeo in Cobar, Dalton Park Racecourse this Saturday the 4th of June.
Popular events include steer wrestling, steer undecorating,  team roping, junior, juvenile and ladies barrel racing and of course the spectacular novice and open bull and bronc rides.
The bull rides which are always the crowd favourite will feature bulls like Peter Kennedy’s (“Nakadoo”) bucking stocks ‘Russian Roulette’ a (ABCRA) national finals selected bull, ranked in the top 15 in Australia and “Party Boys” a mean looking black bull that has only ever been ridden once. Nakadoo’s ‘Jackass” a young bull showing plenty of spunk and attitude is certain to give the cowboy who draws him a run for his money and the spectators plenty to cheer about when he struts his stuff  after he is bucked out. A drawcard in the broncs is ‘’Ride Tuff Dark and Stormy’’ twice winner of ABCRA national bucking horse of the year.
The rodeo clowns are the unsung heros that will entertain the spectators with bravado and quick moves to ensure the safety of the bull riders, whilst the pick up men back up the bronc riders.
Children’s entertainment on the day will include air brushed tattoos and a jumping castle, Shane Josephson will be entertaining the crowd during breaks with live music and the mechanical bull will be at the grounds for all ages to enjoy.
Some of the confirmed trade stalls include Curio Clothing, Landmark Russell, Kangaroo Gardens and a western outfitter of the Hunter Valley.
Cameron said the gates for the rodeo will open at 8am and it is expected that the drawcard events will be well underway by mid morning, so come along early and grab a good spot. Vehicles cannot be parked near the arena rails this year as they were in past years due to safety concerns, there will be grandstand seating supplied, but spectators are welcome to bring a chair if they choose.
A bar will be operating and the Cobar Pony Club will keep the hunger pangs at bay with their canteen.  No alcohol is to be brought into the rodeo grounds and a security guard will be on the gate to confirm the over 18s by licence identification and wristbands.
People who are keen to party on after the rodeo can hop on the courtesy bus that is being provided by the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club after the last event.
Cameron said the committee would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support and look forward to a great day on Saturday.

Public meeting on roads gets support

A public meeting including representatives and mayors/ presidents from the shires of Bogan, Cobar and Lachlan, on Tuesday 25th January at the Nymagee hall focused on the condition the Cobar – Condobolin road (SR61), which passes through each shire.
Residents of Nymagee and surrounds are concerned with the safety of the road and are requesting that 100 kms of the road known as the Henry Parkes Way be fully sealed.
A resolution was passed seeking support from the three councils to seal the road along with the recommendation to form an action group.
Also in attendance were the State member Kevin Humphries and Federal member Mark Coulton.

Kids get cooking with a little help from Variety ‘Bashers’

Lake Cargelligo Central School is looking forward to receiving a special gift of cooking equipment and a shade shelter worth $5,000 when more than 200 ‘Bashers’ come to town as part of the 26th annual NSW Variety Bash.
The special presentation will be made during lunchtime at 1:00pm at the school on Monday August 23rd. The children will get a chance to see more than 100 pre-1974 colorful Bash vehicles and also meet a number of Aussie celebrities including Australian singing legend John Williamson.
The Bash starting on the 22nd of August marks the 26th anniversary of the fundraiser, which was started by Australian business man Dick Smith.  Given that since its inception in 1985, it has been tradition for the Varity Bash to start and finish at a destination starting with the letter B, this year the Variety Bash left from the “B” Shed at Sydney Markets and will finish in Byron Bay.  The adventure will detour through some of NSW most remote regions including Cobar, Bourke and even crossing the border into Goondiwindi and Toowoomba in Queensland before completing the 3,557 km journey on the most easterly point of Australia.
The Bashers’ stop at Lake Cargelligo is one of many of the many schools they will visit during the adventure, donating over $75,000 in equipment and resources to help and support local communities and schools.

Staggering response to electricity petition in regional areas

Member for Dubbo, Dawn Fardell, has now received a staggering 7,500 signatures on a petition protesting the State Government’s savage electricity price hike.
Businesses, councils and pensioner groups have supported the petition including concerned individuals from communities such as Forbes, Bourke, Canowindra, Cobar, Condobolin, Coolah, Coonamble, Corowa, Dorrigo, Dubbo, Eugowra, Eumungerie, Gulgong, Hermidale, Narrabri, Narromine, Nyngan, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trangie, Trundle, Tullamore, Wanaaring and Wellington.
“This is one of the biggest petitions I have received during my time in office,” Ms Fardell said.
“It is an extraordinary response, especially when you consider that a Statewide, online petition organised by the Daily Telegraph attracted 12,500 signatures, mainly from the metropolitan area.
“While that is still a large protest, it is much harder to coordinate a protest in regional areas and this incredible response shows just how angry country people are over the Government’s bungling.”
In Parliament today Ms Fardell again called on the Government to urgently “address and decrease the extreme hikes in electricity prices, which will severely affect the people of NSW, financially and emotionally.”
“The Government says families struggling with the cost can access energy vouchers of up to $480 a year but that does nothing to ease the inflationary pressures of rising prices on small business and councils which will eventually be passed on to households.
“Without decisive action by the Government homes and businesses across the region will have no option but to switch off as rising costs bite. “
Ms Fardell has already presented the first round of petitions with over 5000 signatures to Parliament and will present the other 2500 next week.

A flying stop-over

By Melissa WallerMegafauna Flyers descend on Condobolin

Twenty eight sets of wings descended upon Condobolin on Sunday 23rd May, when the Mega Fauna Flyers made a stop-over as part of their bi-annual holiday tour.
The group, which take a break from everyday life twice a year to spread their wings, flew from Yarrawonga on Sunday morning, stopping in Narrandera and West Wyalong for a break before coming to roost in Condobolin on Sunday night.
There are 28 pilots and 25 passengers (53 in total) from all walks of life participating in the flight many of them with amazing stories, including that of paraplegic Dave Jacka from Melbourne who has a specially designed aircraft which allows him to fly his plane using his mouth.
Another of the pilots, Daryl Patterson also flies an SESA replica World War One fighter, which he built himself.
The fighter plane joins a mixed flock of micro-light and ultra-light aircraft, including the latest trike aircraft which resembles a motorcycle with wings, upon which the pilot rides in the open air.
Organiser Peter Mclean insists the flights are purely for recreation; they are in no hurry and enjoy taking in the beautiful view of the region along the way.
“When we flew over Condobolin it looked like a large geographical quilt,” he said.
The rest of the group’s journey included a morning tea in Tottenham and stop-over in Nyngan, Cobar and Griffith before returning to Yarrawonga.

Federal Member visits to discuss important issues

By Sally Willoughby
With Condobolin redistributed into the electorate of Parkes come the next election, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton visited Condobolin last week to talk to the community about the issues most pertinent to the local area.
Door knocking through the area, Mr Coulton also met with his future constituents at Condobolin RSL Club last Thursday.Robyn and MP Mark Coulton with Joan Cleaver, Ann Tunks and Nell Lowe
“There’s always a concern with a large electorate that [constituents] will never see their local member but we run the election from the car intent to make sure residents know us and we know them,” Mr Coulton said.
Also travelling through Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Coolah, Mr Coulton said that the need for infrastructure funding was a common concern within the region.
“Roads are always a big deal, particularly in regional areas and that is certainly a point that has arisen throughout this trip,” Mr Coulton said.
“Residents have also been expressing concern for water security and management and agricultural issues including the price of grain and grasshoppers,” he said.
Elected to represent the seat of Parkes in 2007, Condobolin along with surrounding towns including Tottenham, Lake Cargelligo, Trangie, Narromine and Cobar have been redistributed into the Parkes electorate which now covers 250000 square kilometres with 14000 new constituents.
Coming from a farming background, Mark said he had a realistic understanding of what families in regional and rural areas needed and was intent on ensuring the voices of the bush were heard at a national level.

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