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Local butcher a cut above the rest

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BEST SNAGS: Tender Cuts owners Sophie and Shaun Watson (right) and staff Neil Smith and Trevor Sayers were on a high this week after their barbecue butchers sausage were named the nation’s best in the traditional Australian class of the 2015 Sausage King competition.SA is officially the home of the nation’s best barbecue sausages, following Tender Cuts’ weekend win at the 2015 Australian Meat Industry Council National Sausage King Competition in Adelaide.
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The Naracoorte butcher shop was one of 36 state finalists in six categories scored on its raw and cooked sausages, graded for flavour and texture as well as shrinkage, splitting and crinkling.

Butcher Shaun Watson says it has been a huge thrill to come out on top in the traditional Australian section, in just their second time representing SA.

“To go from a group of about 3200 (independent) butchers to about 30 is an achievement in itself, but to win a section we are just over the moon,” he said.

Mr Watson says the sausage – which is one of their best sellers – is made from a mix of beef and lamb with a light seasoning.

It has been refined in the past 18 years the Watson family have had the butcher shop, with their theory to keep the ingredients simple.

“They are suitable for children but they are also classy enough to serve at a barbecue with friends – it is a bit of an allrounder,” he said.

Tender Cuts’ lamb, feta and spinach sausages were also runner-up in the Australian lamb open section capping off a fantastic night.

Fellow SA hope Barossa Fine Foods narrowly missed their third national win and inclusion in the Hall of Fame after being named a runner-up in the gourmet open class.

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Hawks ruckman kicks ag goals

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Ben McEvoy on his Joel Joel farm.HAWTHORN premiership ruckman Ben McEvoy is a country boy through and through, born and bred.
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He is just as happy spending hours on end in a tractor as he is tapping the ball down to Sam Mitchell at a centre bounce on the hallowed turf of the MCG.

Ben grew up on the family farm at Dederang, a small town located 50 kilometres south of Wodonga, where the family breed cattle and crossbred ewes.

Both his parents, John and Sharon, were school teachers and their 320-acre farm was a great way to bring up their four children.

For a young Ben McEvoy his youth was spent riding motorbikes from the age of about 8 to driving tractors and riding horses.

As a young boy, he remembers voluntarily missing out on trips to Melbourne just to stay by his dad’s side on the farm.

“We were pretty normal farm kids. Spent all of our time outside and running amok. From an early age, I was the one that was into it (farming) the most.

“Mum’s (originally) from Melbourne and she would come down to see her family and I remember a few occasions me staying at home with dad and all the rest of the crew would go to Melbourne.

Living on the land at an early age is where a young Ben also developed his love of training kelpie pups.

“Growing up I loved stock, I was into riding horses and got into dogs, I had a few kelpies and I still got a kelpie with me now in the city.

“That was one of my passions when I was a teenager, dad bought me my first dog and I had to train it,” he said.

Ben has since purchased two farms of his own next door to his brother-in- law, Paul, in the cropping heartland of the Wimmera, near the small town of Joel Joel, a 20-kilometre drive from Stawell.

The high demands that come with being an AFL footballer means that Ben cannot be present on-farm at peak times during the season. This pretty well rules out livestock but that is not lost on his love of machinery.

“As I’ve got older I’ve probably turned into a bit of a diesel head,” he said.

“I love tractors and machinery and it doesn’t bother me to sit on the tractor all day.”

Ben’s brother-in-law does most of the contract work (spraying, seeding etc) when he is absent with football commitments.

This season’s cropping program will consist of canola, oats and hay oats on his 250-hectare properties.

He is hoping for a much better growing season this year than last year.

“Last year was horrendous to be honest. I think we only had around less than six inches of growing season rain from end of May to the end of October,” Ben said.

A career after football can be difficult for some AFL footballers once their playing days are over, but a transition into agriculture will be a natural one for Ben when the time comes.

“I’ve got a house up there at Joel South that me and the wife (Nicki) are planning to move to whenever footy finishes.

“Hopefully that’s not for awhile.

“(But) That’s the direction we have chosen and we’re pretty happy about it.”

With such a passion for agriculture and being so far away from the farm when footy season kicks in, is there anybody Ben can talk to at the Hawthorn Footy Club about how the season is turning out on the land?

“Yeah there is a couple of guys off farms. Luke Breust is from a cropping and sheep farm up near Temora (Riverina NSW). We are always talking all things farming.

“Jonathon Ceglar who I actually went to school with at Wodonga does a bit of stuff of his own. He leases a bit of ground and got some cattle.

“And there is plenty of other blokes who are from the country,” Ben said.

He believes that more could be done on bridging the gap between the city and country where some people aren’t brought up to speed about farming and where their products come from.

Ben insists that it is not necessarily the fault of people in the city but more education could be done to inform those who don’t fully understand some of the hardships that farmers face in terms of drought, floods and low prices for commodities in certain years.

“A lot of people down here (Melbourne) would never have a chance to know,” he said.

“In most cases it’s not any fault of their own but there’s no doubt there’s a fair bridge there which is sad but it’s just the way it is I think.”

Playing grand final was a highlightLIKE most professional sports, the AFL is a cut-throat industry and Hawthorn’s Ben McEvoy has had to learn the hard way.

While on holidays in Cambodia at the end of the 2013 season, he received a phone call from his then club St Kilda informing him that he was to be traded to Hawthorn. “It was sad to be leaving, I had a lot of mates there but it wasn’t like I was going to lose touch with them, I’ve still got good mates there,” he said.

“You do get a bit nostalgic about moving on from a pretty significant part of your life, being at the St Kilda footy club for six years so I (was) fairly entrenched there but I recognised how the game works these days and nothing really sacred me anymore.”(In the end) I had this fantastic opportunity in front of me that’s just how the game is these days, I think it’s how life is sometimes, you get thrown a curveball but for me (a move to Hawthorn) couldn’t have been a better one.

“Twelve months on, Ben would be a premiership player at Hawthorn. But it wasn’t all roses. He was dropped near the end of the home and away season last year and faced an uphill battle to regain his spot in the senior side.

“It wasn’t the ideal run into the grand final. My form had lapsed a little bit (and) with two games of the home and away season to go I was dropped.

“So I played for Box Hill (Hawthorn affiliate side) in the VFL for about four or five games, so that was really tough and it came down to the wire, I was probably playing the best footy of my career (in the VFL) and still couldn’t get back into the (senior) team.”

“It came down to the last week. I was supposed to play in the VFL grand final the week before the AFL grand final. Just before I was about to go to the game I got the call from the club (Hawthorn) to say I wasn’t going to play because ‘you’re a chance to play in an AFL granny next week’,” he said.

Even though Ben was on the cusp of living out a boyhood dream of playing in an AFL grand final at the MCG in front of 100,000 people he still felt guilty about leaving behind his VFL team mates who were about to play in their grand final.

“That was hard too because I’d obviously played in a couple of finals with those boys playing in the VFL so I sort of left them in the lurch a little bit for the grand final but obviously for me personally it probably worked out very well because a few days later I found out that I was playing in an (AFL) grand final and next thing I’m a premiership player,” he said.

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Defying the fire odds

08.24.2018, Comments Off on Defying the fire odds, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

A milk tanker leaves the Bannister Downs dairy after being allowed access to cart milk.WITH 90 per cent of their Northcliffe dairy farm burnt out, most of its fences gone and with 850 animals on the property to keep track of, Julie Bettink is amazed she and husband Wally are able to keep going.
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Their farm, right at the end of Riverway Road south of Northcliffe, butts up to Karri forest that was turned into a charred black wasteland on Sunday and Monday last week after a lightning strike two days before in Shannon National Park ignited a fire.

“We’ve lost about 90 per cent and all but one of our lease blocks has been burnt out,” Ms Bettink told Farm Weekly on Tuesday.

“But we were lucky, we still have our house, and it’s wooden.

“The fire came from one side and threatened us on the Sunday (February 1) and then came back from the other direction the next day.”

By moving cows away from the exposed boundaries they managed to save the lot, with only three and their bull suffering some minor burns.

“I think it’s absolutely amazing that we didn’t lose any stock – that we know about yet – and that nobody (in the region) lost any,” Ms Bettink said.

The farm was continuing to operate with the milking shed and house running off a generator and tractors driving the rest of the equipment to run the farm.

“We were supposed to get a visit from the fuel truck, but fallen trees have blocked the road,” she said.

“It’s stopped on the other side of the trees waiting for them to be cleared.

“We can still milk, but it’s very difficult – before you let the cows go you have to think ‘where can I put them? Do they have feed, do they have water, is there a fence?’

“It’s a real challenge.

“There’s no power to run electric fences.

“We’ve got one chap who is on a tractor all day, all he is doing is feeding out hay.”

At a time when it was most needed the tractor used for feeding cows “blew up” and had to be replaced, Ms Bettink said.

“We were looking at it (replacing the tractor) anyway, but we had to bring that forward.

“John Della Gola (from Southern Forest Machinery) helped us out.”

But there was also some good news in a difficult situation.

They had thought their haystack had gone up in flames but later discovered it unburned and the irrigated green feed for the 300-cow milking herd was also saved, but they did lose some silage used to feed milkers.

Water in their tanks tainted by ash and possibly fire retardant dropped by helicopters was also replaced on Tuesday.

“It (water) was cloudy and didn’t taste quite right,” she said

When told of the fodder register and the fencing materials register being set up to help them and other farmers, Ms Bettink said it was more “good news”.

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Farmers baled out

08.24.2018, Comments Off on Farmers baled out, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Northcliffe farmer John Della Gola with some of the hay donated in response to a stock fodder register he initiated. IT only took two days from John Della Gola’s call for stock fodder going out before the first truck load of hay rolled in through his gate.
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“I went on the (local) radio last Wednesday to promote a hay register (to help Northcliffe farmers whose properties were burnt out by the massive bushfire feed their stock) and rang Farm Weekly and it was put up on their website, and by Friday I had three trucks worth of hay,” Mr Della Gola said on Monday.

“Three farmers from Narrogin got together and came up with two B-doubles worth of hay and (livestock exporter and rural trader) Wellard donated another truck load.

“We’ve got two truck loads of rolls and 100 big squares.

“It’s been a fantastic response in such a short time,” he said.

“I had a woman from Bindoon ring up with two rolls the first day.

“I was thinking ‘How am I going to get two rolls at Bindoon picked up?’

“So I asked her if she could get some more.

“She rang back the next day with enough hay to fill a B-double load, she’d rung around all her friends and organised it.

“I’ve got an exercise book with three pages of names and contact numbers of people prepared to donate hay, all since last Wednesday.”

Mr Della Gola, who is also the dealer principal of Southern Forest Machinery at Manjimup, said he and his wife Helen knew the farmers impacted by the fire and also knew that sourcing hay would be vital for them.

“When you run a lot of stock like we do, you tend to keep an eye on where supplies of hay are, so I made a few calls to see what was available,” he said.

They decided to use their farm as the donated hay delivery drop-off and collection point because it straddled the restricted area boundary at that time, with a road block right outside.

Trucks bringing the hay could get to his property without needing an access permit and fire-affected farmers could use another entrance inside the restricted area to come and collect hay without a risk of being denied re-entry to the area, Mr Della Gola said.

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Taking stock

08.24.2018, Comments Off on Taking stock, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

WITH the State’s largest bushfire still not controlled and expected to burn for three months, farmers, the Manjimup Shire Council, government and other agencies have rallied to help Northcliffe beef and dairy farmers impacted by the fire.
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A stock fodder register was initiated last week by local farmer John Della Gola whose property on the Pemberton-Northcliffe Road five kilometres out of Northcliffe is one of two local storage points where donated hay can be collected by farmers whose own stock feed has been burnt.

Department of Food and Agriculture (DAFWA) and WAFarmers Lower South West zone president Tony Practico are also organising fodder registers and the Southern Forests Food Council, some of whose members are in the fire-affected area, is now co-ordinating the fodder registers, transport and supply.

It is hoped that by the end of this week, with the proposed lifting of local road closures, that semi-trailer loads of hay can be delivered direct to the farms needing it most.

A register of fencing materials is also being set up this week as the Northcliffe fire operation moves towards recovery mode after 11 days of emergency fire warnings and more than 91,000 hectares – mostly Karri forest – destroyed within a fire perimeter stretching some 364 kilometres.

At this stage, Manjimup shire will co-ordinate the fencing materials register and it may well be expanded to include other vital farm supplies, like poly pipe and fittings needed to keep remaining pasture irrigated.

It is hoped that “grey nomads” and farmers from other areas will volunteer to help Northcliffe farmers rebuild fences and repair damaged farm infrastructure.

The Northcliffe fire has been declared a natural disaster, making Federal and State Government funds available to the shire and to farmers to help replace damaged infrastructure.

However, it is understood that while relief assistance may be available to replace boundary fences, it will not cover internal farm fencing destroyed in the fire – estimated to be more than 1000 kilometres.

A proposed local Business Continuity Committee involving the shire, government agencies and various farming group representatives, was scheduled to hold its first meeting in Northcliffe this week.

The aim of the committee, a shire initiative, is to establish what assistance is needed to keep the farms, particularly the dairy farms where cows have to be milked daily, operating and how it can best be provided.

Five of the region’s eight dairy farms have been impacted by the fire, according to DAFWA Manjimup area manager Ian Guthridge who has checked 28 of about 40 properties in the fire area with a department vet.

Three of the five, all south of the Northcliffe township and bordering Karri forest, have been significantly impacted with much of their dry pasture, fences and some hay destroyed, Mr Guthridge said.

“Two farms lost two-thirds of their dry pasture and will be relying on hay to feed non-milking stock and to supplement remaining green feed for milking herds,” he said.

The other two properties, including the region’s best known and largest dairy Bannister Downs, suffered relatively minor damage with some fencing lost.

“We still haven’t got around to all the properties yet because we can only get into areas that the incident management team allow us into,” Mr Guthridge said.

“Some areas are still not deemed safe enough for us to get to.”

There were no reports of stock losses, although there were reports of cattle missing, he said.

DAFWA veterinarian Tom Hollingsworth said only three cows with minor burns on their udders had been found and treated.

So far more than 1700 cows have been checked.

Ninety beef cattle from another fire-affected Northcliffe property were trucked out on Sunday to Busselton on agistment for three months with Mitchell’s Transport donating the stock transport.

However, the region’s dairy herds are calving at this time of year and farmers are reluctant to move them because of the high risk of stressed cows aborting.

A member of the DAFWA farmer liaison team, Jason Dearle, said he had been “acting as the farmer’s legs” picking up and delivering supplies, including vital diesel fuel needed to keep farm generators and irrigators operating with Western Power infrastructure severely damaged and more than 80 power poles destroyed.

Other locals have also been obtaining permits and taking food, fuel and veterinary supplies out to farms inside the danger area road-block cordon.

Initially, under the voluntary evacuation procedures in place after Northcliffe township was first threatened on Sunday, February 1, farmers who left their property for any reason were not allowed back into the danger zone.

A shire-managed permit system was put in place late last week allowing farmers and farm workers in and out of the area, but at that stage people had to go to the evacuation centre in Pemberton each day to argue their case for a permit to re-enter the area.

In one instance, a woman was allowed through a road block to take her 15-year-old son to work at Bannister Downs Farm in the morning but when she attempted to return that evening to collect him she was not allowed through.

The boy had to be driven to the roadblock by another farm worker.

After the permit issue was raised by an angry community information meeting in Northcliffe hall last Sunday, a recovery centre and permit application point was set up at Northcliffe tourist information centre the following day and the road blocks relocated closer to the fire ground, alleviating some of the objections.

DAFWA southern region manager Neil Guise said part of the a crucial farmer liaison and support role Manjimup DAFWA officers had played since early last week involved negotiating access for milk tankers to the restricted entry zone.

“It was important to liaise with the incident management team to negotiate permits for essential access for milk tankers so that the eight dairies in the area could have their milk transported,” Mr Guise said.

Manjimup Shire president Wade DeCampo confirmed after the final Northcliffe community meeting on Monday that the permit access system had “provided the most angst” during the bushfire emergency.

“We understand some residents need to get back to their property to attend to stock, but we don’t want to find ourselves before a coronial inquest because we let somebody back in,” Mr DeCampo said.

John Kilrain, produce co-ordinator for the Southern Forests Food Council – a Royalties for Regions-funded project to promote agriculture and grow the value off it within the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole regions – said he was glad to co-ordinate the fodder register.

“Our involvement comes as we have lots of members in Northcliffe and we need to look after them,” Mr Kilrain said on Tuesday.

“We have been working closely with John Della Gola and Les Brown (Northcliffe residents) to make sure hay is available to all effected landowners and hay is available from both of these guys now.

“We would like to thank those many readers and listeners out there that gave us an extensive list of potential hay donors and transport companies that have donated time to help these farmers in their time of need.

“We are still keen to hear of potential donors and transport companies prepared to assist with freight.

“Unfortunately, these producers have been hit pretty hard and we need to do everything possible to help them on the road to recovery as quick as possible.”

Paul Bawden, Manjimup shire’s disaster co-ordinator, said it was hoped that rural supplies businesses, fencing materials manufacturers and the public would help with donations of rolls of fencing wire, droppers and posts.

“We have the hay (register) under control now so we are starting to look at the other areas where farmers will need help and fencing to stop stock wandering is the next priority,” Mr Bawden said.

Bunbury horse feed suppliers Wight & Emmett is one of the rural businesses helping Northcliffe farmers.

James Searle of Wight & Emmett said he had organised a 30-tonne truck load of hay to be delivered to Northcliffe today, Thursday, after phoning suppliers and other companies he dealt with.

St Allard Lodge and Semini Custom Feeds in Margret River; Wight & Emmett, MGIB Insurance, T & V Fencing and Loves Bus Company, Bunbury; Animal Health Solutions, Perth; and Western Hay, Bindoon, had contributed, Mr Searle said.

A stock feed and agistment register has also been set up for farmers impacted by a bushfire in the Boddington area last week.

Sarah Easton of Landmark Boddington is the contact on 0437 906 510.

Two DAFWA veterinary officers are helping with assessments of livestock on 32 properties impacted by that fire.

Six stock losses have been reported so far, a DAFWA spokeperson said.

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