OPINION: Rural Notebook with John Seaman

DOGGED: The canine workforce of a sheep and cattle property was happy to pose for the camera.
DOGGED: The canine workforce of a sheep and cattle property was happy to pose for the camera.

ORGANISERS of a pest animal control and monitoring workshop at Oberon RSL on Wednesday, April 26 have put together some capable presenters who will address some topical subjects. 

Alistair Gordon-Smith will discuss predator control, including the Canid ejector; Emma Sawyers will present updates on the K5 rabbit virus; and Peter West will explain and demonstrate the Feral Scan App. 

The day is free and will start at 9.30am, with a light lunch at 12.30pm. 

All are welcome, but an RSVP is a must by Friday, April 21 to Jessica on 6391 3907 or jessica.marsh@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

Trade troubles

RECENT events in Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan have caused nervousness around the globe as we hope that cool heads will prevail on every side of these conflicts.

The possibility of superpowers such as China being drawn into problems raises the spectre of widespread trade disruptions. 

When we think of our country’s reliance on China for much of our mined product, 80pc of our raw wool and huge volumes of gas, we realise just how important a peaceful settlement of world conflicts will be to Australia.

SAFETY FIRST: This little bloke is only three years old, but seems to know all the basics of sheep races.

SAFETY FIRST: This little bloke is only three years old, but seems to know all the basics of sheep races.

Chewing it over

MARK Latham’s column in city media described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s approach as “the political equivalent of a cow chewing its cud as it watches the traffic speed past”. 

Something to think about

THE presentation of Easter’s message in last week’s Western Advocate and Western Times was received gratefully by many readers. 

Most of us would hardly be described as holy, but we strongly support our churches and appreciate living in our Christian country. 

There’s a lot more to Easter than chocolate eggs and car races, but they are also very much a part of Easter in Bathurst.

Board apathy

NOMINATIONS have closed for election to the board of Central Tablelands Local Land Services and at my last count there is not a large field to face the starter. 

The voting process will take place for those who bothered to enrol (90 per cent or so didn’t) during May, with results decided during early June. 

A small field of candidates would be in stark contrast to the 28 who stood for election three years ago. 

There is much apathy towards many government bodies at present, but genuinely elected board members are really needed if a major animal health issue arises at a future time.

Roads praise

DRIVERS who use the Hen and Chicken Lane or the Dunkeld-Evans Plains roads will appreciate the maintenance work that council has recently carried out on these connecting roads. 

My thank you goes to the staff who actually did the work and achieved an excellent job.

Wrapping up

SEASONAL conditions in the Bathurst basin could be described as:

* Unstocked or very lightly stocked – season is excellent.

* Cattle or crossbred lamb enterprise – season is satisfactory; hay for cattle.

* Self-replacing merino flock – prospect of hand-feeding by mid-winter.

NB: A long-term sheep and cattle breeder in a 32-inch rainfall zone tells me that he refrained from fertilisers and fodder crops for 12 years. 

He looked crestfallen as he added “then I hit the bloody wall big time”.

Laugh lines

GEORGE needs to advise everyone of the dangers of drinking too much tea. He said he had 10 schooners at the local on a recent night and landed home at 2am, only to find his wife wide awake after drinking endless cups of tea. He said he was peaceful, silent and calm and ready for sleep while she was like a red hornet and yelling and shouting. He asks all wives to be aware of the dangers of drinking too much tea if you can’t handle it.

THE man at the Bathurst employment agency told a 60-year-old chap that there was indeed a job vacancy; it involved helping prepare young ladies for being filmed in bikinis. He said: “Fill in this form and join the queue, please; the end of the queue is now at Meadow Flat.”​