RURAL NOTEBOOK | Green tinge raises hopes for a brighter season to come

SAFE LANDING: This modern glider ran out of air and landed gently near Rockley Mount last week.
SAFE LANDING: This modern glider ran out of air and landed gently near Rockley Mount last week.

LAST week’s welcome rain varied from 100mm-plus near Lithgow to below 15mm in places.

Unstocked and understocked country looks bright and green and even the flogged country now has a bit of pick for hungry animals.

Of particular interest is the amount of fresh stock feed on the hated Chilean needle grass paddocks and this pest weed is somewhat manageable if never allowed to seed.

A super start

A LONG look at our district’s most regarded long term-managers of grazing properties show us that their first priority every year is “a bag of single super to every acre”.

Some see good results from chicken, saleyard or human waste while others see a future of cell grazing or organised panic destocking.

Future farming generations may see a vastly different landscape by mid-century.

Greatly missed

THE recent passing of Mrs Mary McSpedden of “Springfield” The Lagoon reminded us of a lady who was much involved in the life of our Bathurst and district community.

She and her late husband, Neal, raised their family at “Springfield” and she leaves lots of happy memories with her many friends.

Mrs Hazel Dean also passed away in Bathurst recently.

She is remembered for a busy life time and her continuous involvement in her sporting, community and work place activities.

Mrs Dean was pre-deceased by her husband Colin by just a few weeks.

Revised plans

REVISED plans for the stretch of road way from the centre of Perthville to the little Uniting Church on the Vale Road have been on public display for a short while and residents are urged to inspect the plans.

To me, it seems that community unrest and the many people who signed the public petition to Bathurst Regional Council have caused this change of plans and they deserve praise for their willingness to stand up and shout.

The lovely archway on the Vale Road is one of the prettiest spots in our Central Tablelands and must be retained at all costs.

Rams raided

LAST weekend’s Merino Ram auctions at Blink Bonnie and Fosterfield offered some well bred and well presented young rams to a discerning group of local producers.

Each offering displayed quite a few polled rams and the heavier cutting rams attracted the higher prices in most instances.

Among the prominent bidders were two Trunkey area producers who were showing a preference for the Roseville Park blood hogget rams with heavy bone and lustrous, white wool.

Top prices were $2700 at Blink Bonnie and $1800 at Fosterfield.

Around 300 wether lambs, five to six months old and unshorn brought $70 at Blink Bonnie and were plain bodied lambs in good store condition.

Some pretty handy young rams are still available at each venue, but act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Moving moment

BEST of luck to Bedwells Feed Barn’s Chris Frisby and family on their shift of business from Keppel Street to a big, roomy site on the Vale Road.

This business entity has built up a second-to-none reputation for quality and service and customers know that this will continue at the excellent new premises.

ALL TERRAIN: To mark the occasion of the last Holden rolling off the line last week, this photo shows an FJ Holden crossing the Turon River in the late 1950s.

ALL TERRAIN: To mark the occasion of the last Holden rolling off the line last week, this photo shows an FJ Holden crossing the Turon River in the late 1950s.

Ode to Holden

WHETHER we are Holden fans or not, we have to appreciate the feature article in Wheels magazine this month as reporter Phil Scott relates the influence of Holden cars on the life of his parents and their family since the arrival of the FX car in 1948.

The magazine retails for less than $10 and the current issue should be a great addition to many coffee tables.

Ladies who are still in love after many years should treat their best mate to this magazine.

Wool report

THE wool market had a week of mixed fortunes with the fine spinner type merinos gaining around 30-40c/kg while the medium to broad merinos lost around 20-30c/kg.

The crossbreds unfortunately continued to slide, losing around 15c/kg as the northern market indicator finished the week on 1657c/kg, up 1c/kg on last week.

Although it was a week of mixed results, the merino wools are still at very high levels and this trend should continue with strong demand coming out of China and Europe.

The crossbred wools are a different story with reports that there is a big supply of crossbred wool in the pipeline which will hold this market back until these stocks are depleted.

Next week will see 43,764 bales on offer nation wide.

Mark Horsburgh, TWG Landmark

Diary dates

Wednesday, November 1: Local Land Services land management reforms information session, Bathurst Rugby Club, 54 Hereford Street, 9am-noon. RSVP Jeff Boyd 0409 735 097.

Saturday, November 4: 70 Poll dorset rams at Mount Bathurst, Black Springs, 1pm. Go to

Laugh lines

PAT was trying to talk a worried man off the cliff top.

“Don’t jump, think of your wife and kids,” he called. But the man said he had neither wife nor child.

“Then think of your parents,” Pat shouted, but was told the man was an orphan.

“Then think of St Patrick,” yelled Pat and the answer came back: “Who the devil is St Patrick?”

Pat roared at him: “Jump, you beggar.”


SHE told George that Dr Spooner would call him a shining wit.

She also said: “My mother thinks you’re a great wit and she’s half right.”


HE said: “If you keep this up, you’ll drive me out of my mind.

She answered: “It won’t be a drive, it’s only a putt.”