Don’t put off talking about any footrot fear

HISTORY: Carcoar was a great Australia Day venue and the re-enactment, stalls and entertainment were a credit to all involved.
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NOTICES inruralnewspapers are urging landholders to enrol to vote in the upcoming Local Land Services election for board members.

Three members will be elected to represent areas around Cowra, Orange, Blayney, Oberon, Molong, Lithgow and Mudgee and a cross-section of community members are expected to nominate.At present there is no board member who resides north of Perthville (either appointed or elected).

RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE: Sisters Sami and Anna stood beneath their flag with Mount Panorama as a backdrop on Australia Day.

As neither Bruce Gordon nor myself will be standing for election there are opportunities for representatives of genuine primary producers who can make their voices head.

A lot of LLS board time can be used up with “thought bubbles”,but serious day-to- day issues need to be discussed on a regular basis.

Be vigilantREPORTS keep coming of a worrying incidence of virulent footrot across many districts -certainly not of epidemic proportions, but of enough numbers to cause us all to be very careful.

Owners of identified flocks often state that they don’t know where the infection came from and all the usual suspects are discussed.

Producers who are concerned by the presence of lame sheep in their flock would be wise to contact their chosen vet, either Local Land Services or private, as problems only get worse as time marches on.

Positions vacantFULL-TIME job vacancies in The Land newspaper ran to two-and-a-halfpages last week and positions cover the spectrum from tractor drivers through stationhands, property managers andchemical company repsto agronomists and the many facets ofruralbusinesses.

Reliable younger members of our community assure me that part-time jobs are plentiful, but applicants need to be well-presented, good mannered and keen.

For workers who are proud of their ability to work hard, there is full-time work available with fence and spray contractors and these are well paid for the right workers.

Money talksI THINK that a very mature-aged lady deserves to have this edition’s saying of the week:“If Malcolm Turnbull has made an $80 millionfortune, just about anyone can.”

I doubt if she’s a staunch Liberal voter.

Last callsTHE sheep classing day with guests Stuart Hodgson and Sally Coddington will getunderway at Blink Bonnie, Tarana with a 9.30am start next Wednesday, February8.

If you have missed registering for the event, a last minute call to Peter Moore may be worth a try.

Make a moveTHIS week’s handy gadget,a livestock handling aid called Trev’s Rattle, is a hi-vis orange tool, made of hard, durable plastic and containing enough noisy baubles to cause stock animals such as cattle and sheep to move more easily into yards and races.

For the significant number of stock owners who don’t use dogs, these little gadgets are useful for packing races and for drafting animals.They retail for $38, and mine came from Sid Newham Rural Supplies.

New arrivalsTHREE brand new 2017 models have arrived in Bathurst and surrounds:

Amelia is a little daughter for Jan and Craig Hotham.Evie is Kristy and Wes Larnach’s new daughter.Rhys is a new son for Sonya and Ian Clarke.I hope I’m still around for these youngsters’ 21st birthdays, but you’ll get good odds that this won’t happen.

Looking aheadSEVERAL long-time couples who are approaching retirement and who don’t want to be a drain on pension funding from the government are looking at strategies that could make life a bit more comfortable.

The topic of a reverse mortgage on their family homes was discussed and needs serious advice and planning before signing on the line.

Some fivebanks or lending institutions provide this type of facility.

There are about 39,000 reverse mortgages operating nationwide.The maximum draw down total is normally 20pcof the house value.We would assume a variable interest rate of 5.8 to 6pcand this interest will compound monthly as no payments will be made.The loan is finally repaid when the home is sold.Laugh linesGEORGE’S little wife snuggled up to him and whispered: “Do you remember the first night we went out together?Your team won the cricket final that day.Gee, you were bold then, darling.” George was surprised and said: “No, I was caught at mid-on that day.”

He said that going to aparty with his wife is like going hunting with a game warden.

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