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March 27, 2020
Strong Reaction to Saleyards Staying Open

By Janie Jordan THE local livestock saleyard industry has welcomed today’s announcement from the Minister for Agriculture and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, who confirmed that livestock saleyards and wool auctions are able to continue.   The Federal Government has deemed saleyards are an essential part of the broader agriculture supply chain because of their importance […]

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January 15, 2020
Tool For More Sheep

THE NSW Department of Primary Industries is seeking sheep producers to use a new hand-held device that gauges condition scores of breeding ewes to increase pregnancy and lambing rates. Gordon Refshauge, livestock researcher with the DPI, said the device has the potential to accurately score the body condition of billions of sheep and goats and […]

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October 24, 2019
Beef Bonanza Begins Tomorrow

THE Beef Bonanza held in Scone has become the biggest beef cattle youth event of its kind in Australia and begins its 15th event tomorrow with a record 480 cattle entries at White Park.  The event draws more than 800 competitors ranging in age from primary school students to 18 year old high school students […]

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October 10, 2019
Calling on Young Farmers

THE Department of Primary Industries is scouting for four young farmers to join its Young Farmer Business Program Advisory Committee. Brett Fifield, deputy director general of engagement and industry at the DPI, said they hope the views of young farmers will give fresh insights into emerging issues and industry trends.  “The program aims to improve […]

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September 17, 2019
Scone Stock Report: September 17

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,150 yarded at the Scone sale yards today, with the market firm to five cents easier but the market held up quite well. There were a very good number of export cattle penned. Trade cattle were cheaper on quality and feeder cattle were back 10 cents. However, younger feeder were […]

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September 17, 2019
Local Farmers Take to YouTube

THE drought is dragging out and while there are no clouds gathering on the horizon, some local farmers have found silver linings talking to other farmers and welcomed the chance to do a YouTube video for the Local Land Services. Rob and Jenny Lee from Merriwa, said there are many tough decisions they have made […]

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September 11, 2019
Free Upskilling During Downturn

DUNCAN Macintyre and his wife Jill, who run Invermien in Scone, are amoung 210 local farmers to take advantage of fully subsidised AgriSkills courses during the drought and they encourage other farmers to seize the opportunity. Duncan and Jill have completed three courses to date and said for a few hours a week, the courses […]

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September 10, 2019
Longhorns Decide To Settle In Scone

IN a tough market the Texas Longhorns Australia annual show and sale in Scone had surprising success. The new facilities at White Park allowed the sale to go online for the first time, creating a bigger market, explained John Hoare, organiser of the event. “It was a good sale considering the conditions, vendors knew it […]

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September 5, 2019
Young Gun Helps Farmers

TO help local farmers, Skye Louise Newling has organised a mini-field day with expert suppliers, the Local Land Services veterinarian and the Rural Resilience Officer on hand, to give farmers advice and information.  Skye works MacCallum Inglis and is one of ten young people selected from throughout Australia to be part of the Australian Independent […]

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September 4, 2019
Scone Stock Report: September 4

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 850 cattle yarded yesterday in a market that was fairly firm for all descriptions. Good cows were firm to five cents dearer, lighter cows were fully firm. There was a good run of heavy feeder cattle. Steers were fully firm, heifers were slightly easier but still a good result. Calves […]

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