Two Wilgunya Merino rams make $2400

Two Wilgunya Merino rams make $2400

By Andrea Crothers Oct. 8, 2015, 5:13 p.m.

TOP PRICE: Jim Hunt, Elmore Spring Plains, Wee Waa, bought the equal top-priced ram for $2400 at Wilgunya Merino sale, pictured with stud principals Heather and Max Wilson. Picture: ANDREA CROTHERS.

WHEN Wilgunya Merino Stud principal Max Wilson saw the first hammer fall at $2400 for their annual ram sale today, he thought “you bloody beauty!”

The winning bidder was Walgett’s David Harthog.

His purchase of the auction opener toppled last year’s highest price by $250 to plant a firm smile on the Dirranbandi stud principal’s face for the remaining 79 single-pen auction rams as they all cleared.

“She starts strong and you’ll finish strong,” Mr Wilson later commented.

He was right.

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Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

15th October,

If you want to do something special, be inspired and connect with rural women sharing their stories on the 15th October 2015 then join

It's completely FREE, 100% online and is LIVE - so you can interact, ask questions and engage with all of our presenters.

Try something new and experience the joy that brings!

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Drought continues in the west

Drought continues in the west

Wee Waa and western regions are still in need of drought breaking rain, with the dry conditions persisting as the weather warms up.

Crops are struggling with the warm change and more rain is needed to ensure plants mature properly.

Gary Wooldridge from the Pilliga Community Links Centre said conditions have not improved.

“It’s still pretty shocking out here, wheat crops are going back into the ground and it’s not looking good,” he said.

“There have been a few little cloud bursts here and there, but there has been no decent rain events yet.

“We’re hoping for storms for the wheat crops, but it does seem to have dried up.

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Variable results expected for north west harvest

Variable results expected for north west harvest

Harvest time is near, but local agronomists and farmers are expecting highly variable results across the region.

ABOVE: Narrabri’s George Scilley, Shaun Thomson and Richard Scilley and a row of headers ready for hopefully a busy harvest.

For some grain growers this year’s crop will be the best they have had for many years, but for others, crops won’t be worth stripping.

Pursehouse Rural Agronomist James Fleming is currently seeing growers at both ends of the spectrum.

“There is patches that will go quite well and other patches that are fast running out of moisture,” he said.

“Some of my clients are having a really good season, while others aren’t having such luck.

“Rain is probably too late for most crops but some that were planted late would benefit.”

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Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

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University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

ABOVE: University of Newcastle researchers Dr Meg Sherval and Dr Hedda Haugen Askland. Interested parties should contact Hedda Askland on 0405 066 470.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

The collaborative pilot project is run by both the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and will form part of a planned state-wide study exploring changing land use in rural and regional communities.

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Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

A local farmer has called on all involved in agriculture to start actively promoting the industry.

ABOVE: Drew Penberthy, Bellata, Penny Blatchford, Gurley and James Tydd (Bellata) at the recent agribusiness forum in Narrabri.

At a recent conference held in Narrabri, agronomist Drew Penberthy argued that people in agricultural industries were failing to communicate their good news stories to the wider community.

He said the farming sector had much to be proud of.

“A lot of people have no idea how scientific agriculture has become, I think they’d be amazing if they knew what we’re actually doing out here,” he said.

“Robotics are coming in and new varieties released in the last few years have led to massive inroads.

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Plan points to CSG problems

Plan points to CSG problems

MOREE Plains mayor Katrina Humphries has criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) draft report into coal seam gas landholder benchmark compensation rates, calling it an “admission of guilt”.

The NSW government asked IPART to undertake the review, under Action 12 of the NSW Gas Plan, to provide benchmark compensation rates for landholders who host gas exploration and production activities on their properties.

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​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

Rotary scholarship began research career of achievement

ROTARIANS MEET RAJARAM: Narrabri Rotarians welcomed Dr Sanjaya Rajaram back to Narrabri on Friday, from left, Pat Carberry, Barry Keys, Dr Kedar Adhikari, Vesna Rendulic, Rotary president Daryl Bartlett, Dr Rajaram, Michael Carrigan and Clive Norrie.

The winner of the World Food Prize, the agricultural research equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, returned to say ‘thanks’ to Narrabri last week.

“I owe it all to Narrabri” the world renowned plant breeder told an audience of Narrabri Rotarians and researchers at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI)on Friday.

Dr Rajaram is the keynote speaker at the 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney this week.

Last year he was awarded the World Food Prize for his work in developing 480 new wheat varieties which have been adopted in 51 countries and provide the annual wheat consumption for more than one billion people.

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Narrabri beef producer receives MLA Nuffield award

Narrabri beef producer receives MLA Nuffield award

By Beef Central, 20 September 2015

Liz Manchee, from Narrabri in New South Wales, has received a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship supported by Meat and Livestock Australia.
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PBA Nasma released at Narrabri

PBA Nasma released at Narrabri

RUTH CASKEY22 Sep, 2015 04:00 AM The Land Newspaper

GROWERS looking to maximise nitrogen fixes and improve crop rotations could look towards the latest faba bean variety on the market, PBA Nasma.

The variety was released at the annual University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute field day at Narrabri last week.

It's the first variety released since PBA Warda in 2012.

Narrabri-based University of Sydney plant breeder Kedar Adhikari said Nasma was a much improved version of Warda, improving crop quality while maintaining a solid disease package.

"The biggest improvement is that Nasma can yield three to five per cent more than Warda, in both irrigated and dryland operations," Dr Adhikari said.

"It does that with no compromise in the disease package, so farmers are sure to be happy about that."

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Wee Waa High School show team takes out national title

Wee Waa High School show team takes out national title

ABOVE, The winning team: Hayley Constable, Emily Shearin, Dylan Dixon, Verity and Jack Gett, Caitlyn and Maddison Galagher, Alana Bennett Clancy, Tom Pattison, Rylee Sadler and Harry Kinstler.

Wee Waa High School’s agricultural show team has secured a national title, winning Grand Champion school at the National All Breeds Heifer Show held in Dubbo recently.

Students exhibited five Charolais heifers for local stud Myona Charolais and won numerous awards.

Emily Shearin won reserve champion in Junior Judging, Maddison Galagher prepared and presented the reserve champion heifer in her class, Jack Gett won first place in his paraders class and Dylan Dixon placed fifth in his paraders’ class.

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Dorper sells for $12,000

Dorper sells for $12,000

A ram bred locally has achieved top price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently.

Pictured: The Gett family’s top selling ram.

A ram bred locally has achieved top price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently. 

The ram was bred by the Gett family and fetched $12,000, almost tripling their previous best price of $3750.

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Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

PICTURED: Bellata farmers Glenn Fernance, Drew Penberthy and Mick Coffey at the Lochearn field day.

About 150 people travelled to ‘Lochearn’ east of Bellata on Tuesday to see exciting trials of the newest winter crop varieties.

Farmers, agronomists, bankers and industry representatives attended the field day, run by Kalyx and Drew Penberthy of Penberthy Agricultural Consultants (Penagcon).

New wheat, faba bean, chickpea, canola and safflower varieties were demonstrated.

A new variety of durum, Lillaroi, developed by the Department of Primary Industries was also launched on the day.

Crown rot resistance in wheat and legume treatments to induce higher yield in legumes were key discussion points while Richard Daniels from the Northern Grower Alliance spoke about nitrogen management and protein accumulation.

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Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair

Media Release

 

3 September 2015

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with applications opening today for the 2015–16 round of both schemes.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the schemes helped those doing it tough during drought to restructure existing debt, or to fund operating expenses or drought preparedness and recovery activities.

“Through the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper, we are ensuring farmers have greater certainty about the support available to them during periods of drought. We are delivering on our White Paper commitment to continue both drought-related concessional loans schemes during 2015–16, with up to $30 million available for Drought Concessional Loans and up to $25 million available for Drought Recovery Concessional Loans in NSW,” Minister Joyce said.

 

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