September, 2018

Yarding shows pens need

The combination of a strong market, an excess of prime cattle and dry roads saw Dubbo agents draw for 7975 head for their regular sale on ThursdayOctober 13.
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Scanning of the yarding hadnot been completed at the time ofwritingbut needless to say the complexhadoverflowed with many agents requiring a re-run at the end of the day.

A re-run often consistsof cattle that were not booked in prior to adraw. Progress is being made with the improvements to the yards but with the number of wet days not helping the cause.

From an agent’s point of view the most important part of construction is yet to commence –the addition of another 150 to 200 promised sell pens.Thursday’sdraw was based on 28-plus head per penwhich, unless the cattle in question are Bobbiecalves, become impossible to fit. This in turn necessitateswithdrawing some cattle from sale orhaving a re-run.

Once again, the quality and finish of the cattle was outstanding. This should continue far into coming weeks.

The National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) has released the numbers for the cattle yards reported on in its market survey.

The top 10 yardsshow very little change and are ratedas follows: 1. Dubbo 236,651 head,2.Wagga 187,105 head, 3.Carcoar 146,667, 4.Tamworth 112,118,5. Casino 107,462, 6.Gunnedah 97,294, 7.Forbes 72,922, 8.Moss Vale 67,752, 9.Inverell 67,406, 10.Scone 60,505.

Tamworth moved from sixth to fourth. Casino from seventh to fifth and Moss Vale tenth to eighth.

Losers were Gunnedah and Forbes both of which seemed to lose a spot or two. It will be interesting to see where the new complexat Yass fits in after a full 12 months of operation. My guess is this centre will quickly assume a position in the top 10if the (NLRS)includes it in itsregular market reporting.

Dubbo has again displayed the important role it occupies in the livestock and agency industry by being selected by TopXAustralia as the venue for its annual conference and training seminars.

TopX,with a network of 12 offices in Queensland and one in NSW, has its headquarters at Roma. From October 21 to 24,35 to 40 of its employees will take part. This influx of people will do no harm whatsoever to the localeconomy.

David Monk of NLRS has finalised his report for this sale with most grades considerably cheaper. Best vealers lost closeto 30c/kg. Young feeders were 25 to 30c/kg back.Young restocker calves were stronger with 465c/kg the best price.Grown steers came in at 15/16c cheaper. Cows were seven to 13c less, topping at 267c/kg. Best bulls recorded 287c/kg. Best heavy feeder steers sold from 322 to 388c/kg.

Stock news: Local stock and station agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest industry news from across the region, in particular the big yarding at Dubbo. Photo: File.

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Multicultural festival unites cityPhotos

Multicultural festival unites city | Photos Aarya Thapa, 12, and Pragya Oli, 12, in Nepalese dress.
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TRADITIONAL DRESS: Svetlana Krasnova moved to Wagga from Russia five years ago and wore a traditional headdress to Saturday’s Fusion 16 festival. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Robyn Kirk from Wagga.

Soban Kamran, 9, from Wagga tries on medieval dress.

Theo Cawthorne and Phoebe Cawthorne from Wagga.

Mariangela Osiecki from Wagga and Joy Walker from Culcairn appear with the Society for Creative Anachronism from the Shire of Bordescros medieval recreationists.

Performers from True Vibenation.

Performers from True Vibenation.

Performer Aaradhna from New Zealand.

Elsie Shephard, 7 months, from Wagga.

Salah Khodedah, 16, from Wagga with his portrait.

Henry Pavert, 2, and Simon Pavert from Cootamundra.

Madeline McPherson, 3, and Emily McPherson from Wagga.

Peter Labang cooks Burmese delicacies.

Kristy Nariya, 15 months, finds her portrait with her mum, Amita Nariya.

Kristy Nariya, 15 months, finds her portrait.

DJ Saca La Mois from Melbourne spins some tunes from South America.

Erica Fallon, 6, from Wagga.

Sam Hulford from Cootamundra Bollywood All Stars.

Kon Kudo with the Circle Holics jugglers.

Maddox Tokley, 18 months, from Wagga.

Fusion 16.

Fusion 16.

Fusion 16.

Fusion 16.

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Greyhounds back in action at Wauchope

THE dogs were back barking at Hastings River Greyhound Clubon Saturday for one of the first meetings since New South WalesPremier Mike Baird’s ban backflip.
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Winner: Mini Cousin stormed home in race five at Wauchope on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko

And it was Mini Cousin who celebrated in style in race five for Bellangry trainer Karl Miller.

She finished the race in a scintillating time of 21.56 seconds ahead of Eye’s Brodie and Showtime Lucy.

It was a staggering one-tenth of a second, or a length and a half,outside the track record.

“It’s a very rare, very fasttime,” Miller said.

“They thought it was close to the record, but it wasn’t quite.”

It was Mini Cousin’s first run in more than a month after the industry stopped following Mr Baird’s original plan to ban greyhound racing.

“Icouldn’t get her a run with everyone being shut down so I gave her that time off and it did her good becauseit’s the fastest time she’s ever ran,” Miller said.

“She jumped reasonably welland then took off from the first turn and it was all over.When she gets to the front she’s got very good sections.

“She never used to jump, she used to come out a couple of lengths behind and then she’d find trouble trying to get through. She got into second on Saturday and shot past them.”

Miller felt drawing box five contributed to Mini Cousin just missing out on the track record.

“I knew she was a pretty good little dog, but having box five makes it a little bit harder because it’sright in the middle,” he said.

“If she had have had the inside or the outside box I believe she would have beaten the track record. She’s got a big future.”

Miller himself had to overcome a heart complaint which had seen him lyingin a hospital bed for the last six days.

“It was beating a bit too fast, so they’ve had to put me on a few things but hopefully they’re on top of it now,” he said.

“I got a bit excited yesterday and I thought I was going to go down on the track, but I was lucky I had good friends there to take over.”

He had hoped to head to Maitland on Thursday, but will have to wait until Grafton next Monday for his next race.

“I was going to go to Maitland this week but they’re maiden heats so we’ll go toGrafton next Monday night,” he said.

“She loves Grafton; she’s had three starts for two wins and a third.”

Miller said he would now look at the Wauchope Cup at the end of the year for Mini Cousin to continue her good form.

“I think keeping her fresh and not give her too much running will be the key,” he said.

“She hates the walking machine and goes out in her little yard four times a day and then does her own thing.”

The trainer said there was a different feel at the track on Saturday.

Trainers and owners alike were relieved to be back doing what they loved.

“It was unbelievable, it was a different feeling to go back and see all your friends.”

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Tiger takes gong

WINNING GRIN: Gundagai lock Brett Eccleston took out the Eric Weissel Medal at the Group Nine presentation at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Saturday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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Gundagai lock Brett Eccleston dominated the final rounds of the Group Nine seasonto be crowned a comfortable winner of the Eric Weissel Medal on Saturday.

Eccleston polled 12 votes in the last six roundsto defeat Southcity’s Kyle McCarthy by seven votes.

Junee’s Daniel Foley was a further vote behind.

Eccleston was surprised by the margin of victory.

“I was saying to Damian Willis that if I was to win it I would be up there with someone else,” Eccleston said.

“I just didn’t think I would win it by myself and to win it by this much is a real honour.

“I am a very happy man.”

The end of the season flourish also coincided with Eccleston taking over the captaincy with James Smart sidelined through injury.

It was a role he clearly relished.

“As a captain, and with James out, I felt I had to step my game up and lead the men around,” he said.

“Obviously I did that with the points polling when I captain.”

Eccleston is yet to commit to another season with the Tigers but the chance to win back-to-back medals is another incentive for the 32-year-old.

“I need something to give me that little extra motivation and now that I have won this I’m thinking if I can win it this year why can’t I win it next year,” he said.

“I just need that one little thing to spark me along.”

It is the second year in a row that a Tigers player has been named the best player in Group Nine after James Luff’s big win last year.

Eccleston is now theseventh Gundagai player to earn the Weissel Medal, joining Peter Kennedy (1974), Pat Smith (1978), George Ashby (1986), Peter McDonald (2003), Patrick Clark (2006),Smart (2013) and Luff on the honour board.

Eccleston and Luff were joined by teammates Phil Latu and Blake Dunn in the Team of the Year.

The star studded outfit also includedFoley, Usaia O’Sullivan, Robbie Byatt, Jack Lyons, Nathan Rose, McCarthy, Hayden Jeans, Aaron Slater andDave Cowhan.

Outgoing Young mentor Neil Thorman was named as Coach of the Year.

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Boardrider win for North-West team in state battle

CELEBRATION TIME: The North-West Boardriders after their win on Saturday in the Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle.
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The North-West Boardriders won their first Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle crown in an exciting finish over South Arm Boardriders on Saturday.

Tasmania’s top four boardrider clubs headed south following last week’s postponement at Scamander, with the Tasmanian qualifying event held atCalverts Beach on South Arm.

North-West Boardriders’Zoe Gray got off to a flyer with an excellent first ride in the first women’s heat defeating 2016 open women’s state champion and 1996 world junior champion Dara Penfold.

This seemed to rattle the SABR team who faulted in several other heats.

But they still remained in the race through the final in the team’s event.

When Hamish Renwick hit the surf as SABR’S power surfer it appeared they could hold on for their fourth victory.

However, time and a high scoring ride eluded Renwick and NWBR scraped home.

NWBR were well served by Mark Cadle, Zeb Critchlow, junior Shae Cadle, Liam Viney and Matt Gaby.

Their club will now represent Tasmania in the national finals at Newcastle on February 17-19.

The Tasmanian event was the third in the 2017 Nudie Australian Boardrider Battle Series.

The series moves to northern New South Wales at Yamba on October 29.

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