Angus cow makes $22,000 

TOP GENETICS: Jeanette and James Newman, with managers Tim and Jemma Reid, Melon pastoral Company, Roslyn, and agent Tom Wilding-Davies, Landmark Albury pictured with the $22,000 cow. Picture: Brett TindalANGUS breeders love a dispersal and the opportunity to take advantage of good genetics.
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At N BAR Angus dispersal sale buyers shelled out a top price of$22,000 for a donor cow.

Stud breeders put plenty of bids in for thewell-known genetics that featured many show champions.

Donor cows topped the unreserved sale at $22,000 with 34 cows averaging $2859, 64 cow and calf units topped at $14,000 to average $3302.

Meanwhile,38 heifers topped at $3800, averaging $1650 and 47 Angus bulls averaged $2322 after topping at $7000.

The top cow was N BAR A115 Bara C133, who was part of the 2011 Sydney Royal Horden Trophy winning team, by Circle 8 0699 Bando A115, and was snapped up by James and Jeantte Newman, Melon Pastoral Company, Roslyn, with the help of their new managers and former N BAR Angus managers Tim and Jemma Reid.

Mr Newman said they took the opportunity to buy the eight-year-old HBR cow to flush and breed bulls and females for their own commercial operation, as well as selling bulls to interested parties.

Mr Reid said she was a cow that would pay herself back in spades, through quality progeny, as she showed on the day, grossing $70,000 for her progeny sold at the dispersal.

The Newman’s went on to buy a second cow at $7000 and four heifers averaging $4125.

The second top priced cow N BAR765JH Champagne E43, was secured by Landmark Goulburn agent Daniel Croker for an undisclosed client for $21,000.

Once again the animal tracedback to the Circle 8 line on the dam side, with Circle 8 5321 Champagne, by a Harb Pendleton sire.

She was +6.1 for birth through to +115 for 600 day growth, with positive carcase data.

Tamworth livestock agent Chris Paterson and his son Jye, Heart Angus,who arethree years into the newly formed Angus stud were looking to increase numbers.

They secured15 cows to $14,000 on two occasions to average $5513, before buying two heifers for $2700.

Jemma and Tim Reid, JTR Cattle Company, Goulburn, paid $12,000 for N BAR 004 BLKCAP Mary D08, by Sav 8180 Traveler 004, with moderate birth, high growth and a good balance of carcase data, before securing another two cows for $2800 and $11000.

Fellow stud breeders the Geard family, Premier Angus, Mittagong, paidto a top of$5000, averaging $2567.

Jim Wedge and Jackie Chard, Ascot Angus, Warwick, Queensland, averaged $2467 for three cows and $2800 for three heifers.

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Pru’s commitments for health

Last week Goulburn MP Pru Goward announced funding to enhance health services in Yass, with the construction of a new ambulance station and Multi-Purpose Service (MPS), as another election commitment under a re-elected Baird Government.
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If re-elected on March 28, the State Government will invest $3.7 million for a new ambulance station and $8 million to construct a new MPS building for the benefit of the Yass community.

The Liberal party’s $11.7 million funding promise was the third announcement last week, following $3 million set aside for the Barton Highway and the $6.3 million promise to address sewerage problems in the Yass Valley.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the government will be quick to make-good on its promises.

“Planning for the new MPS at Yass will be complete by the end of the year, which will determine the type of services to be delivered by the facility,” Mrs Skinner said.

“The new Multi-Purpose Service for Yass will care for the community for decades to come.”

Ms Goward welcomed the announcements saying regional and rural health is a key focus of the Baird Government.

“These health enhancements not only deliver enhanced care for patients but they will act as a magnet to attract new staff to Yass,” Ms Goward said.

“The Baird Government is committed to ensuring rural and regional communities have better access to health services closer to home and these announcements are a great example of this commitment in action.

President of the Yass Valley Aged Care Limited Ron Badger said that the NSW Government has been unable to facilitate the provision of aged care packages for home care service programs to be actually used in Yass over recent years.

“The announcement of the new Multi-Purpose Service is welcomed as it might address this deficiency,” he said.

He added that Ms Skinner’s promise that plans for the new MPS at Yass will be completed by the end of the year is also welcome.

“NSW Health has already established the Community Consultative Committee in Yass as part of the Southern NSW Local Health District and I look forward to that being part of the consultation for the proposed MPS.

“I would expect the planning to include a revision to the NSW Health Policy for Multi-Purpose Services last addressed in July 2010, so that it aligns with the Living Longer Living Better initiatives used at our Warmington Lodge and Horton House and other local facilities.”

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Beaudesert SES needs more members

Beaudesert SES group leader Tuli LauLau said he gains a lot of satisfaction from being part of the SES.BEAUDESERT SES has put out the call for more local volunteers ahead of a recruitment drive on Saturday, March 21.
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The group is keen to boost volunteer numbers in town to be better prepared to serve the community, with rescue attempts sometimes held back by a lack of available volunteers.

Beaudesert SES group leader Tuli LauLau said he loved being a part of the SES and would do it full-time if possible.

“People don’t see the exciting side of it, when you get that activation call at 9pm at night and you’re trekking through the bush with a stretcher, you really get the adrenaline flowing,” he said.

Mr LauLau said he and his team gained a lot of satisfaction from being in the SES and serving the community.

“When you complete the rescue and you’re placing someone in an ambulance and you realise you’ve done it, you really do get some genuine satisfaction from it,” he said.

Mr LauLau said the issue the Beaudesert branch currently faced was a large portion of its members work outside of town, leaving few available to immediately attend callouts when a situation arose.

“If we had people who can get things ready while everyone else gets back to town, that would a huge help,” he said.

Mr LauLau said the SES, which meets every Tuesday night in town, had several positions available for people of all fitness levels.

“You don’t have to go out on activations, when we have a rescue we need administrative help to man the forward base, there’s jobs in providing food and supplies, so you don’t have to be Superman to join up.

Beaudesert SES will hold a recruitment drive and fundraising day this Saturday outside Woolworths in Beaudesert.

Food and drinks will available from 7.30am to 3pm.

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Tourism masterclass to hit Beaudesert

AN alliance of tourism organisations is calling on local operators throughout the Scenic Rim to join them for a free business masterclass in Beaudesert on March 25.
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With the aim of showcasing the the beauty of Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and Northern NSW, the Australia’s Green Cauldon masterclasses are aimed at helping operators develop their business.

Ways to increase profit and encourage repeat visitors will be a focus, while tips on generating media publicity and an understanding of distribution and packaging will also be discussed.

The masterclasses are the result of the Green Cauldron alliance between the Queensland and New South Wales government and several local councils, with the aim of using the size of the alliance to leverage long-term business opportunities for the area in the coming years.

The free Beaudesert masterclass is open to any tourism operator in the Scenic Rim and is one of three planned for the region, with the others to be held in Lismore and Coolangatta.

Presenters include Krista Hauritz and Amanda Kruse, with guest appearances from Scenic Rim tourism stalwart Jane O’Reilly from O’Reilly’s Guest House and Heidi Ross of the iconic Nightfall Wilderness Camp.

The masterclasses will be held The Centre in Beaudesert on March 25 from 9am to 3.30pm.

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Whitewash allows Port Macquarie Golf Club to win Battle of the Hastings

Retaining the trophy: Port Macquarie Golf Club director Brian Harrison, left, receives the Battle of the Hastings trophy from Wauchope Golf Club captain Dennis Hughes. Port s club retained the trophy.A HOME whitewash enabled Port Macquarie Golf Club to easily retain the Battle of the Hastings trophy in the annual clash with Wauchope Golf Club.
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At Wauchope, Wauchope won five matches to Port Macquarie’s three in the four ball, best ball event, but at Port Macquarie the home side won all eight matches.

This gave Port Macquarie a win by 11 matches to five, thus retaining the trophy.

Two pairs made 49 points with Dave McGrath and Dave Lynch beating Ken Stonestreet and Rod Noble on a countback. McGrath and Lynch made three pointers at all of the last eight holes. All up they had thirteen three pointers.

Stonestreet and Noble had a front nine that contained two four pointers and four three pointers, but they made only one point at the fourth hole. They had a countback nine of 24 points after their 25 points out.

Nick Ambrose and Mark Bensley were third with 45 points and the scratch score was taken out by John Heagney and Terry Davis with a best ball of two under par.

The ball competition went down to 41 points with a countback of 23 and the nearest to the pins went to Graeme McLaren, John Scaysbrook, Dave McGrath and Frank Godfrey.

Sunday’s medley fourball was won by Pat and Jenny McCormack who have been members of Port Macquarie Golf Club for about four months. They made 43 points to edge out Brian and Lesley worth and John and Yvone Heslin, both of whom had 42 points.

The ball competition went to 41 points and the nearest to the pins were won by Chris Dickson, Ian Jackson, Col Hardwick and Heather Williams.

In the Lower North Coast pennant Port Macquarie were to play Wingham but Wingham forfeited the division one match.

In division two, Port Macquarie suffered its first defeat, going down four matches to two against Tallwoods. Nick Ratcliffe and Bruce Duncombe were the only players to win with Stuart Rayner, Stephan Tessede, Mick Couper and Dave Lacey all losing.

The division three Port Macquarie team maintained its unbeaten record with a four and a half to one and a half win over Forster Tuncurry.

Andrew Goulding, Tim Gwyther, John Cullinane and Steve Cox all won their matches while John Oakey had a half and Nick Payne went down.

Jeremy Tydd was the only Port Macquarie player to win in the division four team’s 5-1 loss to Forster Tuncurry.

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Bishop charged with concealing sex abuse

Former Catholic Bishop of Wollongong, Philip Wilson. FILE PICTUREThe former Catholic bishop of Wollongong, now Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been charged over the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse in the Hunter region.
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The charge relates to the 64-year-old’s alleged concealment of child sex abuse carried out by priest James Fletcher during the 1970s, when both men were working in the Maitland diocese.

Fletcher died in 2006, a year after he was jailed for at least 7 years following his conviction on nine sexual abuse charges relating to a 13-year-old boy between 1989 and 1991.

A special commission of inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by the church in the Hunter found Fletcher had an ‘‘extensive history of sexually abusing children in the diocese, exclusively abusing young males and particularly altar boys.

‘‘His offending history dates back at least to the 1970s,’’ the inquiry found.

Archbishop Wilson was charged with concealing a serious offence by NSW Police on Tuesday and is thought to be the most senior Catholic official in the world to face charges of this nature. If sentenced, he could reportedly face up to two years behind bars.

He said in a statement that he was disappointed by the charges and intended to ‘‘vigorously defend my innocence’’.

‘‘The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976, when I was a junior priest, that a now deceased priest had abused a child,’’ he said.

‘‘From the time this was first brought to my attention last year, I have completely denied the allegation.’’

Archbishop Wilson served as Wollongong’s bishop from 1996 to 2000.

In June last year, he gave extensive testimony at a royal commission hearing into the Wollongong Catholic diocese’s response to child sexual abuse complaints made against Father John Nestor.

Nestor was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 1997 but acquitted on appeal seven months later.

However the commission heard other complaints had emerged – including that Nestor had watched boys showering, made boys bathe naked, conducted bodily ‘‘soap inspections’’ and touched a boy ‘‘on the penis and the bum’’ – leading then Bishop Wilson to fight to have him removed from the ministry.

The Archbishop told the commission he felt so strongly the priest should not be allowed to practise that he was willing to ‘‘take the matter all the way to the Pope’’ and resign if necessary.

He also criticised the Congregation for the Clergy (CFC) – one of the Vatican’s most powerful bodies – for always taking the side of priests accused of abuse.

On Tuesday, Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham issued a statement saying he was ‘‘deeply saddened’’ to learn Archbishop Wilson had been charged.

‘‘Acknowledging that due respect must be accorded to the criminal justice system and the matter properly dealt with before the court, it is inappropriate at this time to make any further comment in relation to the case,’’ he said.

Archbishop Wilson is due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on April 30.

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Rural roads undergo repair

Tony Donohue talks to Katrina Hodgkinson and John Seymour.
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COOLAMON Shire Council will receive $15,000 in state funding to undertake a load assessment of Smokey Creek Bridge.

Candidate for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinsoncongratulated the shire on its successful Fixing Country Roads funding application for more than$1.3 million.

Coolamon Council will also receive $75,000 for the reconstruction of the access road to Emerald Grain, which will improve access into the Emerald Grain Site for high mass limit (HML) vehicles transporting 80,000 tonnes of grain per year.

The total project cost will be $150,000, with Coolamon Shire Council contributing $75,000 towards the project.

Croker Grain, Marrar (Easticks Lane, Lyne Street, Canola Way, Marrar South Road) will benefit from an injection of $617,000 which will result in improved access to Croker Grain Hub, which in turn is expected to reduce the number of freight movements into the site by up to 37 per cent by permitting the use of high productivity vehicles.

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Kevin Bacon becomes a spokesman… for eggs

Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB
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Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB

Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB

Kevin Bacon has finally found the role he was born to play: a national spokesman for eggs.

The Footloose actor is the face of the American Egg Board’s new campaign, “Wake Up to Eggs with Bacon”.

Bacon, 56, stars in the campaign’s web film, in which he appears in a woman’s kitchen as she is cooking eggs for breakfast.

The video begins with the woman saying, “There’s no better start to the day than eggs for breakfast, except for maybe eggs with a side of—”

“Bacon,” Bacon himself interjects.

Bacon, who has starred in television drama The Following since 2013, later explains that “nobody knows eggs better than Bacon”.

Never one to take himself too seriously, the commercial is filled with jibes at the actor.

“Did you know that each egg contains six—” he says, before the woman cuts him off to say, “Six degrees of separation! Right?”, referencing the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” game which emerged after Bacon gave a 1994 interview boasting he had worked with everyone in Hollywood, or worked with someone who worked with them.

“No,” Bacon replies.

“I was going to say six grams of high quality protein.”

It isn’t the first time Bacon has poked fun at himself in the name of a brand.

The actor appeared in an advertising campaign for British telecommunications company EE Mobile in 2012, in which he found connections between himself and British celebrities using the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” framework.

 

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5 characteristics of great dads

GREAT DADS: It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids. Photo: Louise KennerleyWe’ve long lived with the model of the ‘provider’ dad who went off to work to earn the bacon, while the mum cared for the kids at home.
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Fortunately we’re not living in the 1950s anymore, and there’s much more flexibility and choice about how families structure themselves. More mums are working and more dads are actively involved in caring for their kids.

This is all beneficial for our kids, as dads are just as important as mums when it comes to a child’s healthy development. The interactions, connection and activities that dads share with their kids help them develop socially, emotionally and cognitively.

And when dads support their partners, they also have a big influence on their children’s and the entire family’s wellbeing.

Dads do matter. A lot. Which is why it’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

It can often seem that long work hours can get in the way of dads having a more active involvement in their kids’ lives. But new research from the Journal of Family Issues, which assessed up to 1159 children living in two-parent families, shows that long work hours aren’t strongly related to dad’s involvement.

There’s a subgroup of dads who are still very involved with their kids even though they work long hours. They tend to carve out time with their kids by cutting back on their own leisure time, or involving their kids in their leisure activities.

It seems that a dad’s attitude makes all the difference. Dads who value their family life and their role as fathers prioritise and make the time to be involved. These more non-traditional attitudes ensure that they are more involved dads.

Here are five ways to think about the role of dads these days as described by Father-Inclusive Practice Guide.

Dads are responsible

A responsible dad can be relied upon to be actively involved in his kids’ everyday care including bath time, dinner time and bedtime. He’ll also be involved in their child care or preschool routines, and help make important decisions about his kids’ education and care.

Dads are thoughtful

A remembering dad regularly thinks about his kids and keeps them in his mind even when they’re not together. He also remembers special events and supports his kids’ interests and friendships.

Dads are nurturing

A nurturing dad enjoys spending time with his kids. He uses time together to guide and teach his kids, encourage and support them, guide their behaviour, and have fun together.

Dads are affectionate

An affectionate dad shows his kids that he loves and cares for them. He gives them kisses and hugs, comforts them if they get upset, and listens and responds to them so they feel valued and heard.

Dads are interactive

An interactive dad plays and communicates with his kids during everyday activities such as gardening, cooking and shopping. He plays and explores with his kids, reads and talks to them, and takes his kids out into the community for events or activities.

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May Day returns to May in 2016

Qld treasurer Curtis Pitt. Photo: Robert ShakespeareThe Queensland Government is moving May Day back to May.
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Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Labour Day public holiday would be returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May next year, in time for the 125th anniversary of the 1891 Shearer’s Strike.

The LNP moved the holiday to October during its term in government, claiming it needed to spread out the state’s public holidays across the year.

Unions and Labor protested the move when then-attorney-general made it, arguing the Queen’s Birthday could be moved instead given Labour Day’s historic links to May. Queen Elizabeth was born in April, but her birth is commemorated in Queensland in June.

Mr Pitt said he was righting an “arrogant decision” by the former government.

“I have discussed this change with business and industry, unions, and others and the government has taken their views on board in coming to its decision,” he said in a statement.

“This decision honours our election commitment while also delivering certainty and stability for everyone.

“From 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on the first Monday in May and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on the first Monday in October.”

The government will also reverse the LNP’s workers’ compensation changes, which was also an election commitment.

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