Burrawang Stud moves sale

Burranwang Dorper and White Dorper Stud are moving their sale to the 30th January 2017. The Rams will be ready and willing for the autumn joining.



After nine consecutive spring season on-farm sales, Burrawang Dorper and White Dorper Stud owners, Graham and Jana Pickles, have elected to hold their next on-farm sale on Monday, January 30th 2017.  Inspections will be held at Burrawang West Station, Ootha from 9am and the sale starts at 11am on the day.

Since 2004, the Pickles have developed their stud’s genetics to ensure they offer animals for sale that can help their customers fully realise the whole array of benefits that dorpers and white dorpers offer to the commercial meat sheep industry, particularly in areas of variable and or, relatively low rainfall.  Burrawang’s sheep are now well recognised across the country and overseas for their sound and well balanced conformation and the longevity of their productive life.

“Running an efficient and profitable commercial meat sheep operation of 6,0000 to 8,000 breeding ewes, gives us the opportunity to test how well our stud rams and their ewe offspring perform in ‘the real world’.  There’s no special feed or handling in the real world and they have to perform under the harsh and often widely varying conditions that prevail across vast areas of the country, including in our area” explains Graham.

“We’re very impressed with the quality of the rams to be offered for sale in January.  They are magnificently structured, well-muscled rams and they’ll be well and truly ready to go to work in autumn”.

For additional information, contact Graham Pickles 0418 112 888


Utes in the Paddock coming to Condo

It has been eight years since the first Ute began the outdoor gallery near Ootha and four years since the last of 20 “Ute works” was installed and still today, Utes in the Paddock attracts thousands of visitors to view the collection for the first time or to revisit this unique Australian bush attraction. Cont


By Melissa Blewitt

 Utes in the Paddock is being relocated from Ootha to Condobolin.

Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has purchased a 60 acre block on The Gipps Way, which will be used for the outdoor gallery. The land is next to the stables opposite Forbes Road, past the Pony Club on Diggers Avenue.

LSC is in the process of obtaining a design for the co-location of the Jockey’s Memorial and Utes in the Paddock, hoping to create a major tourist attraction for the town.

The land will have to be prepared as it is in a flood zone and fencing would have to be erected around the site, according to LSC General Manager Robert Hunt.

He added that LSC was hopeful of starting to move the utes before Christmas.

Utes in the Paddock was a concept brought to fruition by Jana and Graham Pickles of Burrawang West Station. It has significantly increased visitation to the Central West region over the last eight years. Lachlan Shire Council is honoured to be entrusted as caretaker of the gallery and has committed to dedicate time, energy and marketing resources to further develop and promote the outdoor gallery into the future.

LSC Mayor John Medcalf is pleased the gallery is being relocated as the attraction will significantly contribute to the growth and resilience of the local economy and Councillor Medcalf is confident the town of Condobolin will be overjoyed to welcome the gallery into the town.

Businesses, residents and local farmers, donated several of the utes for canvasses used for the gallery and have always been supportive of this unique attraction at Ootha,” he said.

“It will be fantastic to feature the gallery in Condobolin as an ultimate bush experience on offer in the Heart of NSW and Council has dedicated resources to ensure the successful relocation and promotion of the attraction.

“Signage, promotional flyers, website development and the development of collectible Utes in the Paddock merchandise being among the top priorities along with a program to repair and revitalise any of the “uteworks” which have significantly deteriorated over the last eight years.

“Council would like to thank each of the artists for supporting the relocation of the Utes to Condobolin and Council looks forward to working with all artists to ensure they are widely recognised as one of the talented and creative “Ute Artists”,

“Utes in the Paddock is considered as one of the top ten experiences in our region and Council is dedicated to ensuring that the reputation of Utes in the Paddock is further developed for generations of local, national and international visitors to enjoy.”

New RFS station tanker for Ootha

The Ootha Rural Fire Brigade celebrate the opening of their new Rural Fire Station.

Compiled by Dominic Geiger

The Ootha Rural Fire Service recently conducted a ceremony to announce the opening of a brand new Rural Fire Brigade station and the acquisition of a new category one tanker.
The new two-bay station replaces the former one-bay station the brigade had been using in the town.
Team Manager at the Forbes Office Mid Lachlan Valley Team, Ken Neville, said the upgrade meant the Ootha Brigade now had state of the art equipment held in a station that would preserve the machinery well in to the future.
“The tanker is able to respond to any type of incident, including motor vehicle, grass, bush and structural fires,” he said.
Ken said although Ootha is located on the north west edge of the Forbes Shire, the brigade is active with responses to emergencies in their local area.
“The Ootha brigade is able to respond to emergencies in both the Lachlan and Forbes areas and both brigades have worked together in the past.”
Funding for the station was obtained through the Rural Fire Fighting Fund with local companies and trades people undertaking the majority of the construction.

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