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Shearing schools kick off for 2015

05.21.2019, Comments Off on Shearing schools kick off for 2015, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Participants learn the ropes in the wool shed during a tafeSA shearing and wool handling school at Nadda.TAFESA conducted their first shearing and wool handling school for the year at Nadda, via Loxton, in the Mallee last week, the start of more than 20 to be held across SA over the coming months.
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Students learnt a variety of skills, including the handling and shearing of sheep, wool throwing, skirting and classing.

There were eight students participating at the Hampel Farm at Nadda when Stock Journal visited last Thursday.

Brian Hampel said they were keen to host the course on-farm because of a need in the local area for trained shearers.

Upcoming course dates include:

Feb 16-20: Penong – Learner

Feb 23-27: Marrabel – Learner

March 10-27: Pandurra, via Pt Augusta – Improver

April 7-10: Glenroy (via Carrieton) – Improver

April 20-May 8: Curnamona (via Yunta) – Improver

May 11-29: Teetulpa (via Yunta) – Improver

May 11-22: Oakden Hills (via Pimba) – Improver

May 18-22: Roseworthy Campus – Learner

June 1-12: Yalymboo (Oakden Hills) – Advanced

July 13-17: Willalooka (Pinindi) – Learner

July 27-31: Elliston – Learner

Aug 3-7: Karoonda – Learner

Aug 3-7: Langhorne Creek – Learner

Aug 10-14: Maro Creek (via Snowtown) – Learner

Aug 10-21: Belmore (via Renmark) – Improver

Aug 17-21: Ki Ki – Learner

Oct 6-16: Moreview (via Kingston SE) – Improver

Oct 12-16: Wattle Range (Millicent) – Learner

* Details: TAFE office 08 8562 0525

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Mudgee rams increase average by $410

05.21.2019, Comments Off on Mudgee rams increase average by $410, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Demondrille stud, Harden gained equal top price of $3500. At left is the champion superfine ram purchased by Tony Roche, “Meroo”, Gunning with the ram held by Andrew Davis. At right is the supreme champion ram held by Pat Davis while buyer Daniel McMahon, “Mulgrave”, Triangle Flat, looks on with his daughter, Clare.Mudgee Merino Ram sale achieved an increase of $410 on last year’s average, with more rams sold.
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Eight Merino studs sold 28 of 36 rams to a top price $3500 twice and averaged $1639 at the 59th annual event held on Monday at the Mudgee Showground.

The Davis brothers’ Demondrille stud, Harden, was again hard to beat when their superfine and fine wool champions both topped the sale.

Return buyer, Tony Roche, “Meroo”, Gunning, was first to spend the money when he secured the superfine wool champion.

Daniel McMahon, “Mulgrave”, Triangle Flat, paid the same price to gain the fine wool champion and overall supreme exhibit of the show.

Demondrille stud picked up an average $2186 for seven rams.

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Olympian to visit top Picasso cow

05.21.2019, Comments Off on Olympian to visit top Picasso cow, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Swimming legend Michael Klim will visit the winning Western Victorian school from the Sungold Field Picasso Cows contest. The winner will be announced at the event this week, and Klim will visit later this year.Three-time Olympian and Legendairy Ambassador Michael Klim will visit one lucky western Victorian school to meet the winning cow from the Sungold Field Days Picasso Cows competition.
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WestVic Dairy, together with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (formerly DEPI, now DEDJTR) and the National Centre of Dairy Education (NCDE), will host three Picasso Cows in the Dairy Tent, where people can vote for their favourite exhibit.

The Sungold Field Days will run from February 11-13 in Allansford.

The winning school will be announced by Dairy Australia’s managing director Ian Halliday on the final day of the Sungold Field Days and will receive a visit from swimming legend Michael Klim later in the school year.

Michael Klim, who became an Ambassador for Legendairy in November 2014, said Picasso Cows was a great project and he was looking forward to visiting the winning school.

“As a dad, I know how much impact hands-on projects, like Picasso Cows, can have on primary school-aged kids. It’s a terrific way to educate them about where milk comes from, the great job our farmers do and the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet,” he said.

“The kids put a lot of work into painting their cows and I’m really looking forward to hearing their stories and ‘meeting’ the winning cow.

“Dairy was an important part of my diet as an athlete and still is a favourite on our family table. For that reason, I’m rapt to have the opportunity to back our Legendairy farmers and show Australians how they can benefit by starting and ending every day with dairy.”

The Picasso Cows Program, which is linked to the Australian curriculum, is a Dairy Australia initiative aimed specifically at primary schools. Now in its eighth year, the program educates students, teachers and parents about the importance of dairy health and nutrition and the industry itself.

As part of the project, participating schools receive a life-size, fibre-glass cow, which they then decorate in one of three themes: Unbeatable Bones; Fuel for Life; or Farm to Plate. They also document their experiences in a corresponding learning journal.

WestVic Dairy’s executive officer Paula Doran said Michael Klim’s involvement was the “icing on the cake”.

“The competition is really a celebration of the great project that is Picasso Cows and has seen project officers ‘cow herding’ in all corners of the region,” she said.

“This year’s Dairy Tent at the Field Day will be a one-stop shop for dairy farmers and service providers and we are looking forward to catching up with everyone,” Ms Doran said.

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Flying high as cashflow lifts

05.21.2019, Comments Off on Flying high as cashflow lifts, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Willowie farmer Joe Koch with his new quad-copter, which has given him the ability to identify soil types, crop disease areas, heavy weed patches and crop damage caused by insects, slugs, snails and sheep.THE extended Koch family have farmed in the Willowie district since 1876, with Joe Koch the sixth generation on-farm.
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In 2007, the family decided to incorporate no-till into their cropping operation and began using auto-steer technology in 2008, followed by variable-rate technology in 2010.

Mr Koch said their investments in PA technology had paid for themselves with money saved, along with an increase in productivity from managing each soil type to its potential, resulting in greater profitability.

By using variable rate technology for their phosphorous and nitrogen applications, it had resulted in a more efficient use of these inputs, not only saving money but making it.

“All of these targeted soil zones have been highlighted through yield mapping, and is now confirmed by what we can see from above with our new quad-copter,” Mr Koch said.

It was a harvest of highs and lows in 2014 for the Koch family across their two properties, resulting in one of the earliest finishes in the operation’s history.

At Booleroo Centre, a much-needed rain in late September kept their crop, above average, while at Georgetown the sharp finish meant crops were below average.

Their wheat averaged about 3 tonnes a hectare, with high-quality and no screenings at Booleroo depending on the paddock, while Georgetown had higher screenings because of the lack of rain.

Barley averaged slightly better at 3.5t/ha, but tests weights were down and screenings high, making only Feed 1.

It was their canola that was the hardest hit, mainly from frost, but also hindered early by aphids, slugs, and the late dry finish.

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Volunteer numbers surge after fires

05.21.2019, Comments Off on Volunteer numbers surge after fires, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

LINE OF DUTY: Naracoorte CFS Brigade captain Shane Smith (front) with firefighters Andy Bartosek, Graham Dickson, Malcolm Johnston and Grant Sambell. Brigades in the South East, particularly around Wattle Range and Mount Gambier, have received plenty of enquiries from potential firefighters.IN the shadow of the Sampson Flat fires, Country Fire Service offices have seen prospective volunteer numbers surge, so much so that many have not found placements.
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CFS assistant chief officer Mick Ayre said the rush of volunteers was a familiar trend.

“Pretty much after a fire of some significance we tend to see this,” he said.

“It prompts people who had been considering (volunteering).”

Mr Ayre said the service was always in need of volunteers but in this case, most of them had enlisted to work in the metropolitan areas where numbers were so high some brigades had waiting lists in place.

“The biggest need happens to be in rural towns where the population is declining,” he said.

“In these areas our brigade numbers are suffering; that’s where we really want those numbers.”

Mr Ayre said the expense of training and equipping volunteers could be in excess of $1000 a person. As a result, a risk assessment was undertaken to work out a minimum and maximum number required at each station.

“We try to keep as close to the maximum,” he said.

“Often, where these people want to volunteer, there are already a significant number on the waiting list.”

He said it was also important to put people through a training system, including attending a number of smaller incidences before heading out to a significant event such as the Sampson Flat fires.

Mr Ayre said retention with regional brigades remained a problem as people moved away for study or work opportunities.

“We have a lot of 40-year veterans but we also get a lot of people who leave after 12 months to 18 months,” he said.

“We lose a lot of younger ones, the ones we need to keep for succession.”

Some regional areas had seen a spike in volunteer numbers, including Region Five in the South East lifting after a major fire at the start of the year.

Region Four, which covers the Flinders, Mid North and Pastoral regions, had a similar boost in the past 12 months after the Bangor fires in January and February last year.

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