Local farmers have met with overwhelming success at one of the largest cattle competitions in the southern hemisphere.
Cattle judging at the Royal Brisbane Exhibition Show, or the EKKA, started last week with thousands of head of cattle descending on the showgrounds to be paraded, judged and displayed.
Steers bred by Dennis Power from ‘Glenrowan’, Minnamurra Pastoral Company, near Boggabri won the 70 day feedlot ‘Paddock to Plate’ challenge this year.
A bull from Narrabri, Wave Hill Jager, bred by Philip and Sylvia Kirkby, won the Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Bull.
Press Release from Local Land Services North West
The Brigalow Nandewar Biolinks (BNB) program is an initiative of the North West and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and serves to protect, restore and manage existing vegetation to connect the plains with the tablelands.
"The program involves planting and protecting vegetation corridors, shelter belts, tree lines, wind breaks and clumps so that birds, insects, reptiles and mammals are able to move around the landscape. These corridors are essential if species are to survive and flourish in our agriculturally-altered environment," said Simon Turpin, Team Leader Land Services at North West LLS.
"These areas of native vegetation provide homes for many of our native fauna species which, in turn, assist our cropping and farming enterprises through the provision of ecosystem services. For example, birds, bugs and lizards that use the native vegetation for habitat eat insects and grubs that attack crops and pastures; it's a win-win situation both for landholders and native species.
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The sun shone brightly in a perfect opener for the massive farm field day AgQuip, with thousands pouring through the gates yesterday for the start of the three-day event.
Organised by Fairfax Rural Events, the 43rd Commonwealth Bank AgQuip covers 26 hectares on a site about 6km west of Gunnedah and features the involvement of more than 3000 companies and organisations.
Police have warned of heavy penalties for shooters firing onto private property following an incident on the Bingara road on Friday night.
A pet goat, Billy, was allegedly shot on private land, about 100 metres from a property homestead.
The distressed owner, Mrs Kath Hamilton, said the goat was a family pet of 11 years.
“I heard three shots,” said Mrs Hamilton, who was in the homestead kitchen when the shots were fired.
“These were shots from a high powered rifle from the direction of the road and our house is in a direct line from where we found Billy dead.
“The house is only about 300 metres from the road and is clearly visible.
Funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015) and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.
Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6
Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program Round 6 funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015)
and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.
Eligible project areas for Round 6 include:
- NSW Border Rivers: General security (Class B), high security and supplementary entitlement;
- Namoi River catchment downstream of Keepit Dam: General security, high security and supplementary entitlement;
- Barwon Darling: Unregulated (Class B and C) entitlement.
Applications for infrastructure funding for Round 6 close on Friday 30 October 2015.
Irrigators wishing to submit an application for funding must have a DPI verified Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency
Assessment (IFWUEA). Irrigators who need to prepare an IFWUEA must submit to DPI no later than Thursday 1 October 2015.
STBIFM is being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Australian Government is
providing up to $111M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.