January, 2019

Seymour Vale to $10,500 top in Santa’s sale

SUITABLE SIRE: Top bull buyer Lance Cramer, NT, with auctioneers Tom Penna, Elders, and Gordon Wood, Landmark, and Seymour Vale principal Mandy Lintern, Tungkillo.
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​STRONG bidding set a new stud record for Adelaide Hills-based stud Seymour Vale during the Walmona Santa Gertrudis Invitational Sale at Truro on Saturday.

The sale featured 32 bulls and 24 pure-bred Santa Gertrudis femalesfrom studsWalmona, Truro, Seymour Vale, Tungkillo, Glen Rufus Park, Eden Valley, Nangaringa, Loxton, and Rockingham, Lake Cargelligo, NSW.

The top price bull –two-year-old Seymour Vale Nate (P) Seym656 –sold at $10,500to Lance Cramer, Temple Bar, via Alice Springs, NT.

The 726-kilogram bull, sired by Yarrawonga Coach H804,had an eye muscle area of 121 square centimetresand 9-millimetre rib and rump fat.

Seymour Vale studmaster Kevin Lintern said the price was a record for the stud and they also had full clearance of the seven bulls they offered.

“It’s the best sale we’ve ever had,” he said.

“It’s all pretty overwhelming but it will sink in eventually.

“The bull has been my pick pretty much all the way along. It’s the complete package.”

The stud sold another bull at $9000to Yarrawonga Cattle Co, Wallumbilla, via Roma, Qld.

Seymour Vale Noel (P) Seym658 –a half-brother to the top pricebull –weighed 724kg, with a 10mm rump fat, 8mm rib fat and 118sqcm EMA.

During the auction, 25 bulls of the 32 on offer sold, whilethe remainder were sold shortly afterwards.

An 18-month-old bull from Nangaringa, which did not reach its reserve in the ring,sold shortly after the sale for $10,000 to Yarrawonga Cattle Co.

Nangaringa Len Nan15ML457, sired by Macaire Shannon 909, weighed 764kg, with an average daily weight gain of 1.3kg, 126sqcm EMA,16mm rumpand11mm rib fat.

Nangaringa sold six bulls overall.

Walmona sold 17 bulls to $5000, while Rockingham sold two bulls to $6000.

Walmona also sold a 2014-drop cow with three-month-oldcalf at-foot for $2200 to Driver Enterprises, while its12, 2015-drop heifers, sold to $1700, all bought by RM&DV Fogden, Loxton.

Glen Rufus sold five2016-drop heifers, averaging 327kg, at $1340, to DD Smith, and a further six at $1200 to Terlinga Farms.

Volume buyers were McDouall Peak Station, via Coober Pedy, with nine bulls to$6000, whileCowarie Station, on the Birdsville Track, bought five bulls to $5000.

Elders Kapunda agent Paul Kilby said the sale had gone well.

“The bulls looked exceptional, and all buyers bought in confidence knowing the cattle will perform,” he said.

Landmark stud stock manager Gordon Wood said the sale had reached “some good highs”.

“The cattle were in ideal condition to head into the pastoral zones, where most of the cattle sold to,” he said.

“The young heifers sold particularly well, with strong competition for the younger females.”

The sale was conducted by Landmark and Elders, with Gordon Wood and Tom Penna sharing the auctioneer duties.

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Kiwis up for chukkas at Tambo

Top shots: Tambo players Jamie Sargood, Jekka Lloyd and Jacob Ross playing against Taroom at Emerald’s annual carnival in 2016. Photos: Anne-Maree Lloyd.A polocrosse spectacle not seen before in western Queensland is in the making, thanks to the Tambo Polocrosse Club.
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Vowing to save the sport from the ravages of drought and hard times, the club is bringing some ofNew Zealand’s best polocrosse players across the ditch to takeon the cream of Queensland’s clubs at its annual carnival.

The chance to play against a team from thePutaruruTirauPolocrosse Club, a North Island club which boasts several NZ representative level players, is expected to attract around 40 teams for the May 20-21 carnival, and large crowds.

Tambo club president Rachael Sargood said the initiative was designed to save polocrosse in the west.

“One pregnancy, or one person moving away, and our club is in jeopardy,” is how she described the current state of play for what is undoubtedly the region’s most enduring club.

“Tambo’s done it tough –everyone’s busy and trying to make a dollar. Even hardcore players couldn’t muster last year.”

Jamie Sargood taking the ball up against Jess Taylor at Emerald’s 2016 carnival.

The effects have been felt even more deeply elsewhere –neither Longreach nor Muttaburra clubs were able to host a carnival in 2016 –and Rachael and others fear that with only one active club, there will be no more central west polocrosse zone.

“The main thing is to keep holding carnivals and giving spectators really top level competition,” Rachael said. “We can put on a great carnival every year but you don’t get that same adrenalin rush without a crowd there cheering.”

As well as the highest seeded teams playing a round robin against New Zealand, the Bob Sargood Memorial competition will take place below that.

Charleville is Tambo’s closest club, two hours away, but as the central west competition has declined, players generally have to travel upwards of four or five hours one way to get a game on weekends.

“Polocrosse is growing hugely in the south east, and we needed to find a way to drag those players up to our part of the world,” Rachel said.

Tambo Polocrosse Club president Rachael Sargood with club patron Robyn Sargood.

Theidea has received a lot of support from clubs in the south–Tansey, Chinchilla, Wandoan, Warwick and Cunningham are expected to send teams up for the chance to try out their horsemanship against an international team.

The Tambo club is paying for airfares for New Zealand the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council has offered to house them for their five-day stay.

Arriving on Wednesday night, the Kiwis will try out their mounts on Thursday and Friday as well as taking part in a sponsor meet and greet, before “hooking in” on Saturday.

The New Zealand polocrosse season runs from December to April so the players will be match fit and ready for the many challenges expected from NSW, Victoria and Western Australia, as well as around Queensland.

Rachael hopes Tambo’s initiative will pave the way for clubs such as Longreach to “have a crack” at doing something similar in two years’ time, which they would be standing ready, willing and able to support.

“The ones that are playing now want to keep playing, and their kids are coming through,” she said.

“It’s an amazing family sport. (My husband) Jamie and I both play, as well as our two sons, aged 11 and 13, who will be representing Queensland in April.

“Polocrossegives them the opportunity to play at all sorts of levels. It would be sad for people not to have the chance to play such a good sport in the future.”

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Mosquito danger

VIRUS ALERT: Murrumbidgee Local Health District has received a record number of reported Ross River Virus cases in January.A record number of reported Ross River Virus cases in January has prompted public health officials to warn Young residents to safeguard against mosquito bites.
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Ongoing detections of arboviruses in mosquitoes trapped in the region has prompted the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) to issue a warning message for the local region.

In January, the Public Health Unit received 148 notifications of people infected with Ross River Virus, up from 116 in December.

Director Public Health Tracey Oakman said this is a significantly higher number of notifications than they usually receive in January.

“Over the current season, I have received notification of a number of different arbovirus detections in mosquitoes, including Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus, Kunjin and Sindbis Virus,” she said.“There is a heightened risk to people in the region of contracting one of the arboviruses if they are bitten by a mosquito.

“There is no specific treatment for these viruses. The best way to avoid infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.”These mosquito-borne viruses are spread by bites from mosquitoes that have fed on animals that carry the virus.”

The viruses are not fatal to humans but they can cause persistent and debilitating symptoms such as joint aches and pains, fever, chills, headache and sometimes a rash.

“The rash usually disappears after seven to ten days, but some people may experience these symptoms for weeks or even months,” Mrs Oakman said.

Mrs Oakman saidpeople can take simple precautions against mosquito bites.

“People should screen all windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from coming inside, avoid being outside unprotected, particularly during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. When outside cover up as much as possible with light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and covered footwear,” she said.

“Apply mosquito repellent regularly to exposed areas, but don’t use repellents on the skin of children under the age of three months. “Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water.”

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Trailerboats transforming game fishing

HAVING AN IMPACT: The evolution of trailerboat technology and capability has put game fishing within the financial reach of many anglers.This year’s Interclub will see an increase in entries with upwards of 140 boats tipped to hit the water.
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WATER WARRIORS: Modern trailerboats are more than capable of heading out wide in and can match it with the big game fishing boats.

It’s atrend being noted across all game fishing tournaments this year and is being attributed to the new generation of trailer boats making the sport more accessible.

In days gone by, the relative costs of running a big marlin boat out to the Shelf meant you’re only option was to get on board as a team member of the millionaires’ club.

BIG RIGS: A number of the US designed Viking gamefishing boats from Port Hacking Game Fishing Club are heading up for this year’s Interclub.

But new technology has been slowing breaking down the financial barriers.

“These big trailer boats run on the smell of an oily rag compared to the cruisers and are well and truly capable of mixing it with the big boats,” NSWGFA president Gary Chenoworth said.

“It can easily cost you $1000 in fuel alone just to get out to the Shelf and back.

“The new trailer boats have a similar range and are financially within reach of a lot more guys who seem to be opting into the market for themselves.”

This year’s Interclub will have a great range of boats on display showcasing the new and classic styles.

“We had a big convergence last weekend for the Billfish Shootout and a lot of them will have hung around for Interclub,” Mr Chenoworth said.

“Port Hacking are bringing up five or six 50ft Vikings. Top Notch, a striking Cabo Express Entourage, will be part of a three-team attack coming up from Shell Harbour.”

There will be no sail past this year.Instead, 140 boats will line up at the heads between 7am and 7.15am on Friday for a spectacular shotgun start.

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‘Abusing the system’

PART OF THE TEAM: Wall Flat farmer Sam Martin, with his working dog Blue, claims the 75 per cent rebate on dog registration currently offered by Mid Murray Council. Photo: Emmalie Balnaves-Gale.Mid Murray Council have proposed toremovetheworking dog registration rebate to ensure people “stop abusingthe system”.
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Dog owners could facethe standardregistration fee of$70, compared to the $15 they currently pay, when they register next financial year.

Council CEO Russell Peate said a reasonable number of people were registering their dogs dishonestly.

“People are registering their dogs as working dogs just to get the rebate when they’re not actually working dogs,” he said.

“We’ve got breeds like poodle, miniature schnauser, shihtzuand silky terriercurrently registered as working dogs.”

Across Mid Murray, 464 dogs are registered as working dogs, allowingowners to claim a 75 per cent reduction on their registration rates.

Mr Peate said council were looking at ways to ensure farmers weren’t penalised by the change.

“There is sympathy from councillors for genuine primary producers with genuine working dogs but we have to ensure we don’t have people abusing the system,” he said.

A council report stated thata voluntary rebate wasnot required by council, as all costs relating to a working dog, including registration, weretax deductible and fully refundable.

However, Mr Peate said this only applied if the owner was making a profit and so many local farmers were struggling.

He said council would discuss a more practical system of verifying a sincere registration.

In the past, acouncil officer has beenrequired to view each dog undertaking its work activities to determine whetherit is used primarily for the purpose of herding stock.

Mr Peate said this had proven verytime consuming for Regulatory Services Staff and impractical for the future.

In 2016/17, council received $8,120 in registration fees.

Without the rebate, council’s income would double to $16,240.

Deputy Mayor Kelly Kuhn said the current system was costing council a lot of money.

Mr Peate said the proposal remained on the table for the next council meeting on March 14.

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