As grain harvest begins across the cropping districts of NSW, Essential Energy is reminding machinery operators to remain vigilant when working near overhead powerlines and power poles. Harvest machinery should be kept at least 3m clear from the electricity network to ensure the safety of agricultural workers. If your machinery does contact the electricity network, stay in the cabin and call Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.
The MAN’GO 12 aerial work platform is a new concept in platforms, combining the benefits of both articulated and telescopic platforms. Originally designed for rental operators, it’s also perfectly suited to professionals who need to get people up to 12m in height for construction applications as wells as industry professionals.
Compact and suited for all-terrain, it can easily navigate congested work sites and tight storage spaces. Once collapsed, its small chassis allows for easy storage, and with simple controls and upkeep, it also gives you performance levels that will impress your operators. Easily transportable equipment really is an asset for day-to-day operations, and we know how well that translates into productivity and effectiveness for your trade.
Whether it’s the generous number of slinging points, a more compact size or the ability to fit multiple machines onto a single trailer platform, our units are designed to make everyday operations easier for you. Compactness is a vital concept. If you have to deal with narrow aisles, areas with tight dimensions or low door thresholds, then the sizes of a machine will prove essential to you. And if storing the machine looks to be an issue, you can rest assured with its retracted dimensions.
Visit Sincock LVM in Parkes today to see this platform up close, or contact Bruce Cobb on 6862 5011 for more information.
The bushfire season is upon us and after a very wet winter it is vital to ensure your property is adequately prepared and protected. When bushfires threaten, you can protect your home if it has been well prepared. You can set up a fire protection system that will give you the best chance of defending your property. However, lives are more important and you should consider your family circumstances before deciding on your own survival plan.
Essential requirements include a property that is defendable in a bushfire, an adequate water supply and a quality, high performance fire pump. The Aussie Fire Chief, sold at Top Town Traders in Parkes, is the world’s best portable
A key aspect of getting the best out of the pump is regular maintenance to ensure the pump will perform as required.
You need to check the engine oil level, ensure the air and oil filters are clean, flush out stale fuel and ensure the engine starts easily. You also need to check the condition of the suction and delivery hoses and ensure the pump is primed. A pump that sucks air won’t prime.
Check for leaks and replace seals if necessary. Check suction filter on supply hose if fitted. The most important point is to make sure everyone knows how to operate the system and use a fire pump. Contact Top Town Traders for more information.
Two recent studies into the control of worms in working dogs has revealed mixed results. During the Australian Sheep Veterinarians conference recently, Dr David Jenkins from Charles Sturt University, said while farmers have made inroads into the control of parasitic disease in dogs, there’s still more work to be done in the area of parasite prevention.
“The results of these studies, which involved 1,670 dogs, are encouraging in that we’re seeing fewer cases of tapeworm in working sheep dogs. We can attribute this to palatable and relatively inexpensive commercial dry dog food, the inclusion of tapeworm control in parasite prevention products and the increased uptake in worm prevention from farmers. “Many owners are providing their working sheep dogs with a good diet and using a parasite prevention control, which are both critical in preventing worms. This is certainly good news.”
“The not-so good news is that hookworms and whipworms in rural dogs are still common and we need farmers to work with their veterinarian to ensure they are doing all the right things to prevent this type of parasitic infection in their dog,” Dr Jenkins said. According to the studies, dry dog food is the most commonly fed food for rural dogs. Yet despite this, many owners also feed raw meat or raw offal to their dogs, which increases the risk of parasitic infections, especially if owners do not deworm their dogs frequently enough to ensure they are adequately protected.
Due to the nature of living and working on farms, sheep dogs are at an increased risk of parasitic disease. It appears that owners are increasingly aware of the importance of preventing parasite infections and are trying to keep them healthy. In addition to deworming and feeding safe foods this includes keeping a clean area where the dogs are kennelled and providing a pen or similar space with a concrete base for the dog, which allows for easy cleaning.
“It’s essential that owners have all the right information and that they’re acting on it. These studies really point to the fact that an ongoing conversation needs to be happening between farmers and their veterinarian to ensure dogs on farms are best protected against parasitic infections,” he said.
The Landboss 800 UTV 4×4 is a very appropriate machine for the wet weather. Light enough to skip across the wet ground yet built to carry 450kg with a 700kg tow capacity. Other features include big tow-points provided front and rear and selectable diff locks front and rear – you select two or fourwheel- drive for the most challenging conditions.
The Perkins diesel engine, built in Japan, gives great economy with high torque and plenty of road speed. Transmission is a Canadian CVT with hi and lo ranges. You can crawl along slowly behind stock and accelerate
away to round up stragglers without changing gears.
Tyres are 6-ply heavy duty 14” in diameter with a 5-stud pattern. A bench seat with three seat belts provides accommodation for passengers. A tilt steering column gives the driver some extra room. The electric power steering helps prevent kick back from rough paddocks. The suspension is independent with adjustable load carrying springs. Available at SincockLVM Parkes and Condobolin for an amazing $17, 990 incl GST. Phone Bruce Cobb on 0447 560 342.
Further strength in the finer microns was somewhat overshadowed last week by weakness in the broader types. 19.5-microns was the pivot point with finer microns gaining 20 to 40 cents whilst the broader microns fell 20 cents.
Over the past month the finer microns have firmed slightly whilst 21 to 23-microns have lost ground, resulting in the Northern Region 19 – 21 micron price differential jumping from 25 cents in early August to 134 cents this week. Thursday provided a strong finish to the week, with all fleece categories closing in front. Lots with a low CVH found good support attracting significant premiums to the rest of the market. The skirting market followed a similar trend with finer microns holding up reasonably well. While the medium to broader microns were generally 10 to 20 cents cheaper.
Crossbreds were reasonably limited in supply but managed to post increases for the broader microns, while the finer end eased. Oddments also firmed slightly on a limited selection.
We are a month into Spring but are yet to see a break in the weather. This has lead to a slow start to property sales, as it is too wet to get onto most prospective properties. This gives us time to look at the options of auction or private treaty. In many cases there are neighbours or parties that might be interested, but it is also important to advertise the sale of your largest asset, in many cases.
These days there are many different options, from traditional newspaper to varied online advertising. Your agent will know which is best for your property. With values where they are, advertising is a small marketing cost that could bring large returns. We are constantly receiving enquiries from outside our local area, showing how much
demand there is for property from Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
An auction may come with a definite end day, depending on whether the property sells. Auctions come with a higher advertising cost due to the need to push your property onto prospective buyers. It must also be noted that all properties are not right for auction. If your property has been on the market for a while to turn around and put it up for auction isn’t necessarily going to bring buyers out. It may be better to consider where you are advertising or how you are promoting the property’s assets.
Private treaty combined with the right marketing is a good option with rural property due to the many varied considerations, for example the inclusion of crop, sale of livestock, organisation of clearing sales and walk-in, walk-out options. It is easy to say that commission is a cost, as is advertising, but remember this is the sale of your largest and in many cases your final asset. It costs nothing to talk to us and discuss your options.
Our livestock markets have been heavily affected by the weather in recent weeks with numbers varying as roads opened and closed. The sucker market has been solid until last week when we saw numbers increase
and prices fall to between $5.50/kg/dw to $6.00/kg/dw. The weather has meant that many lambs booked in direct have been unable to be delivered and are waiting on farms for a break in the weather. Old sheep have remained strong on minimal supply.
The cattle market has seen feeder steers and heifers fall slightly while cows and heavy cattle remain very solid. We need to consider what numbers are out there waiting to hit the market. Our markets are still very good and even with corrections will still remain solid.
By Geoff Rice
A senepol bull of the Southern Star Rural Senepol stud at Canowindra achieved a top price of $12,000 at the 14th annual 5 Star Senepol and African Hybrid Bull Sale held at Rockhampton recently. Clayton and Sarah Maynard own Southern Star. Their bull was sold to the Goodard family from Bollon, Queensland. With 81 lots auctioned, the sale grossed a total of $545,000 with an average of $7,569 and the top lot going for $16,000. Buyers came from Queensland and northern NSW. What sets these bulls apart from other Senepol bulls is that they are selected from over 500 male progeny. Selection is done whilst running on ticky forest country at Mt. Eugene, Jambin and Belmont Research Station, Rockhampton.
They have to perform on grass, adapting to heat, ticks, flies and Lantana, with minimal chemical treatment. Geoff Maynard, stud principal for 5 Star Senepol, said there had not been a better time for the cattle industry with record prices throughout the country. Clayton and Sarah also produce Senegus Bulls (Senepol Angus cross) which were all sold at the auction for an average of $6,000. The Senegus bulls are small birth weight and suited to heifer matings.
They also have many more variables that affect ease of calving, namely gestation, length, muscle pattern, and nutrition especially in the third trimester.
By Cheryl Newsom
A.A.Blatch has been an icon of the Central West farming community since 1952 and is now operated by third generation owners, Allan and Susannah Blatch. Not only is A.A.Blatch your exclusive supplier of “Black Bearings” from NTN, the world’s finest agricultural ball bearings, it is also your official distributor of Timken-Fafnir and NSK bearings to name a few. If this is not enough, A.A.Blatch is the only place you can buy Tsubaki chain, the world’s number 1 roller chain.
This harvest, for bearings, belts, roller chain, feeder house slat chains, filters, idler pulleys, flame-hardened tooth sprockets, industrial hosing, clutch and much, much more, remember A.A.Blatch has been serving the Central West since 1952. A.A.Blatch is open from 7am-5pm Monday to Friday and 7am-12pm on Saturdays. Call them on 6862 2666 with any queries.
I was pleased to accept the appointment to Parkes as Branch Manager for Sincock LVM recently. The business is based in Parkes and Condobolin with the majority of sales happening in Condobolin at this point. My role is to steadily improve the business in Parkes with good service.
With my background as a technician on agricultural machinery, I understand that above all, customers want professional support for the products they purchase. The work environment at Sincock LVM is very friendly, which flows from the owners of the business, Garry Hopper and Darryl Henley (Dags). They are very personable and customer focused. My wife and I moved from Horsham in the Wimmera, Western Victoria, where many dry years made business difficult. I’m already enjoying the green and lush growth in the Central West. My wife has also joined Sincock LVM in a support role assisting the service managers with the sometimes tricky processing of warranty and insurance claims.
Our team is very welcoming, so don’t be afraid to pop in for a chat any time.
By Bruce Cobb