Agriculture

FUTURE FIELDS OF GOLD – CROP PLANTING RISES

By Melissa Blewitt A forecast 22.93 million hectares of winter crop planting is expected across Australia including a massive six million hectares in NSW, according to Rabobank’s recently released 2021/22 Winter Crop Outlook report. The…


NRAR VISITS MORE THAN 2,000 PROPERTIES

By Melissa Blewitt Officers from the Natural Resources Access Regulator’s (NRAR) visited more than 2,000 properties over a six month period, including those in the Lachlan area. Undertaking NRAR’s routine monitoring program they clocked up…


LOCAL FARMLAND PRICES SHOW RESILIENCE

By Melissa Blewitt Australian farmland prices are continuing to show their resilience. According to the Rural Bank’s annual Australian Farmland Values 2021 Report, the median price per hectare of Australian farmland increased by 12.9 per…


MICE SET TO CAUSE DAMAGE AT SOWING TIME

By Melissa Blewitt Mice are set to cause damage at sowing time for winter crops in all regions including Condobolin and the Lachlan Shire, according to the Mouse Monitoring Project Update March 2021. The Update…



OUT AND ABOUT AT LOCAL SHEEP SALE

Many locals took the opportunity to check out the Condobolin Shedding Breed Female Sale on 15 April. A pen of Australian White Ewes made a top of $610, while many other buyers kept sheep local…


SUPER SUCCESSFUL SHEEP SALE

By Melissa Blewitt A pen of Australian White Ewes made a top of $610 at the Condobolin Shedding Breed Female Sale. The sale was held on Thursday, 15 April at the Condobolin Saleyards and was…


LACHLAN SHIRE GROWERS ON DISEASE ALERT

By Melissa Blewitt Lachlan Shire and NSW growers are being urged to be on disease alert in 2021. The improved seasonal conditions which helped deliver bumper crops in southern NSW in 2020 could now become…



PRODUCERS URGES TO VACCINATE FOR ANTHRAX

By Melissa Blewitt Vets are urging local producers to vaccinate following anthrax detection. Local Land Services together with NSW Department of Primary Industries are advising producers to vaccinate their livestock following confirmation of the first…


KARU PASTORAL TAKE OUT 41ST DON BROWN

By Melissa Blewitt Karu Pastoral (Harold, Phillip and Meg Crouch) have won the 41st Don Brown Memorial Merino Ewe Competition. Reduced to one day this year, 61 spectators were hosted by eight properties that opened…


BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LOCUSTS

By Melissa Blewitt Farmers across the Lachlan Shire and broader central west area are being urged to be on the lookout for locusts. Local Land Services are warning farmers to be vigilant after high density…


AUSTRALIAN BARLEY HEADED TO MEXICO

By Melissa Blewitt The CBH Group has signed a deal to ship 30,000 tonnes of Australian malting barley to Heineken, Mexico. This is a significant new market for the cereal grain and the Australian farmers…


A PROFITABLE YEAR AHEAD FOR AGRICULTURE

Australia’s agricultural sector is set to enjoy an overall profitable year ahead – underpinned by high commodity prices, positive seasonal conditions and low interest rates, and despite expected continuing trade tensions with China – according…


WELCOMING MADY

There is a new staff member at Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) in Condobolin. They are excited to announce Mady Paull has joined the team. Mady is CWFS’ new Extension Officer and joined in early…


8,000 PLASTIC DRUMS PROCESSED

Eight thousand non-returnable agriculture chemical containers have been processed as part of the drumMUSTER program in the Lachlan Shire. The plastic drums have been collected from Fifield, Condobolin and Tottenham waste facilities which are then…


MOOGENILLA SALE SUCCESS

The Moogenilla Angus Bull sale held on Friday, 7 August in Forbes achieved a 100 per cent clearance, with the average hitting $9,711. Overall the 45 bulls offered by Sarah Wrigley and Paul Sinderberry were…



RURAL LAND VALUES SOAR IN LACHLAN AREA

Rural land values have increased by a whopping 34.5 per cent in the Lachlan area, which includes Condobolin, as demand for broad acre rural properties remains high. The NSW Acting Deputy Valuer General, Paul Chudleigh,…


A GOOD START TO THE SEASON

Farmers across the Lachlan Shire have had a good start to 2020, with many able to undertake their sowing programs thanks to welcome rainfall. The paddocks have transitioned from brown to a sea of green…


TSRS OFF LIMITS FOR FIREWOOD COLLECTION

Lachlan Shire residents are being warned Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are off limits for firewood collection. With the cooler weather hitting NSW, Local Land Services is reminding people that it is illegal to collect firewood…