Taking a commonsense approach to biosecurity changes

TOP TIPS: About 90 people attended a Livestock Production Assurance workshop at the Bathurst Rugby Club last week.
TOP TIPS: About 90 people attended a Livestock Production Assurance workshop at the Bathurst Rugby Club last week.

CENTRAL Tablelands Local Land Services hosted a two-hour Livestock Production Assurance workshop at the Bathurst Rugby Club last week and my count told me that 90 concerned landholders attended.

Lucienne Downs and Neville Collins conducted the session and most attendees seemed to appreciate the take-home messages.

Some of the points to come from the evening:

  • Our LPA plans are now essential and should be completed ASAP.
  • Plans don’t have to be sent anywhere. Keep in an office drawer.
  • A vet signature is required only if beef cattle producers require a J-Bas score of 7 or 8. Score 6 is satisfactory for most producers.
  • Most frequently asked questions and answers can be located on MLA and Animal Health Australia websites.
  • Gate signs for property biosecurity issues are available from the MLA site.
  •  A bit of common sense and a low stress approach should see most of us create our biosecurity plan in about 20 minutes.

Trunkey on show

THIS Saturday brings the annual Trunkey Creek Show with a genuine country atmosphere.

Visitors should take the Goulburn road for about 30 minutes to Trunkey and stop when you hear the throb of real Australian music.

You’ll feel welcome at the show and the day’s program should suit all ages.

Farewell, Ross

THE recent passing of respected Georges Plains resident Ross Burge took away a member of one of our districts long-term country families.

Ross is remembered for his involvement in market gardening, fine wool production, his church affairs and his voluntary work for his community.

Remembering Jill

FROMER Evans Shire councillor Jill Williams also passed away recently.

Her family operated the “Combogolong” property at Fremantle for many years and Jill was employed in a government office in Bathurst.

She served several terms as a councillor of the former Evans Shire and was highly regarded by her peers.

Raglan’s 60 years

THE Raglan Rural Fire Service members are celebrating 60 years of volunteer service to their house and land holders.

This brigade, like most brigades in the late 1950s, had some old gear, reliable volunteers and lots of determination.

I think that the Raglan brigade deserves great credit and long-serving member Phil Smith has done his bit to help his community.

He is also a former alderman of Bathurst City Council.

Quality rams

FOLLOWING a successful auction of hogget rams at Bella Land stud near Wellington, studmaster Scott Brien delivered some of his higher priced rams to a property near Canowindra and commented on the lovely green grass in our district.

Bathurst/Blayney locals haven’t seen a decent blade of grass for many long months but we envy producers south of Mandurama and on to Canowindra.

These sheep have been referred to as “the best dual purpose Merinos in NSW” and they are certainly top quality animals.

I think that they are much sweeter in the wool than some other dual purpose stud flocks.

PRETTY BABY: This speckle calf, just two hours old, obviously has an early interest in cameras.

PRETTY BABY: This speckle calf, just two hours old, obviously has an early interest in cameras.

Dry argument

VISITORS to the car races this weekend will notice how dry the surrounding countryside looks as Bathurst has experienced a really cold winter with precious little rain.

Many residents on small out of town farmlets have been carting household water for some months and we’re all hoping that the Rain Gods will start smiling very soon.

Bathurst is proud of Mount Panorama and the Great Race and most of us love the excitement that comes with the crowds.

Wool report

AFTER  a week of volatility, the wool market settled this week with all microns pretty close to fully firm.

The northern market indicator finished the week on 1599c/kg.

Next week should see a similar result with good business being done out of China and Europe.

Mark Horsburgh, TWG Landmark

Laugh lines

MUM and dad were dining in the little town’s only cafe and when her T-bone steak arrived it was huge.

Dad gasped: Surely you’re not going to eat all those calories alone.”

She scolded him: “Of course not, he’s bringing the potatoes soon.”

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THREE clergy from different faiths were discussing how they divided the plate takings from their congregation.

One clergyman spoke wisely: “I take all the heavy collection plates around behind my church and throw all the contents up to the Lord.

“What He needs He keeps. What falls to the ground is mine.”