September, 2018

Most listed online award

Online sales award winner Tom Oates attends a more traditional sale at Inverell Saleyards earlier this week. ADVANTAGES held by today’s online environment are being being felt across many occupations, and now primary producers and their auctioneers are also able to take advantage of online livestock sales.
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Squires & Co Tom Oakes has certainly kept up, so much so that he was awarded AuctionPlus’ Australian Rural Marketing Agent for the most cattle listed on the site for 2016.

“There’s a lot of agents over the whole country do it every week,” Tom said

“We use it a lot and we put a lot through there, but I was surprised we came out with the most listed against all the other agents.”

AuctionsPlusrelies on qualified assessors like Tomto help agree on a reserve price before livestock are displayed to a gallery of national buyers.

The price achieved is ‘on property’, which means the purchaser pays the freight and there are no penalties if grid specifications are not met, as the price is flat.

“Online trading has become a massive part of the livestock industry. Everybody uses it,buying and selling stock every week of the year now,” Tom said.

“Everyone’s become educated to it and everyone uses it as a big tool for marketing their stock.”

Tom said while seasonality can be an influence at times, but stock can end up anywhere in Australia.

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Aussie Helpers offers helping hand to farmers

SUPPORT: Aussie Helpers founder Brian Egan with Ridley’s territory manager Tim Dobson. Picture: supplied.Relief organisation Aussie Helpers has begun on-the-ground “cold calls” in Tasmania to assist farmers to recover from the shock milk price cuts and floods.
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Aussie Helpers was founded 15 years ago by Queensland’s 2008 Senior Citizen of the Year Brian Egan to help “keep the bush alive” and “keep farmers on the farm” despite industry downturn and freak weather events.

The organisation has been in Tasmania before, when it assisted with the response from the Dunalley bushfires in 2013 and about 10 years ago during a period of drought.

Mr Egan said the company worked on the generous donation of corporate partnerships and local donations of money and products such as fencing equipment and alternative fodder and feed.

Since arriving about three weeks ago, Tasmanian volunteers for Aussie Helpers have travelled in equipped vehicles with grocery supplies and things such as hay and fodder and “cold called” on farmers who may be in need.

“Everyone gets a visit, even if they don’t need our help, that’s the way we work,” Mr Egan said.

Farmers are unaware they are getting a visit from Aussie Helpers but in 15 years, Mr Egan said he’d never had anyone turn him away from a property.

“They need help, they need someone to talk to, and most of them just act surprised and shocked, they don’t think we are for real,” he said.

Every property gets a donation of groceries and “pamper packs” as a gesture of goodwill and then a discussion between Aussie Helpers and the farmer gets underway.

“They let us know what they need and we tell them how we can help.”

The organisation also has trained psychologists as volunteers able to assist with the mental health of farmers, that can be done face-to-face or via technology such as SMS or email.

The Tasmanian response is being coordinated by Latrobe farmer Jim Lucas, who was on his way to head to the mainland when the call came.

“I was going to head over to help with their drought response, but then the dairy price happened and then not long after the floods came through so I decided to stay here and coordinate this,” he said.

Mr Lucas said the Tasmanian response had so far focused on the Deloraine and Mole Creek areas but they were looking to expand the area further depending on the need.

Aussie Helpers is seeking support from businesses, such as Ridley, who recently donated a large amount of pellet feed for livestock.

Mr Egan said any donations from any business was always welcome but it helped farmers to get back on their feet.

For more information on how you can help Aussie Helpers go to 梧桐夜网aussiehelpers.org419论坛orcontact Brian Egan on 1300 665 232 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Ellie splashes for Rio

Swimming sensation: Paralympian Ellie Cole became the first S9 swimmer to go under 29 seconds in the 50 metre freestyle earlier this year. Picture: Geoff Jones.Training preparations are going swimmingly for ParalympianEllie Cole.
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The Granville resident headsto the US in a fortnight for 10 day teamtraining camp in Alabama before they headto Rio

Cole’s busy program includesthe 50, 100, 400 metre freestyle, 100 metre backstroke in the S9 classification and possibly two relays.

This is her third Paralympics.Her currentmedal tally stands at four gold, one silver and four bronze.

Paralympian Ellie ColeSun.

“My approach is very different this time around. It was all about winning gold medals before. I’m not so focused on that now.”

Her Rio cheer squad will include her proudparents, twin sister Brittany and her mum’s best friend.

“I’ve been to Rio before.It’s party central so I’m excited for the atmosphere the city will bring to the Paralympics,” Cole said.

“Our swim squad has changed a lot since the 2012 Paralympics in London. Around 25 per per centhave never been to theParalympics.We’realways the biggest and loudest squad.”

There will be no time for rest after the Paralympics.

“I’ll be getting straight back into the pool to start training for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” Cole said.

“They’re earlier on in the year than usual so there’s less time to prepare.”

Cole was keen to spread the word about Optus’ much needed fund-raising efforts for the Australian Paralympic team.As the official support network, Optus calls on Australians to get behind the team by donating $5 by texting #high5 to 1999 8787.

It costs up to $40,000 to sendjust one athlete to the Paralympics.

Australia hopes to send170 membersfrom 15 sports.

“The Paralympic commitee doesn’t get the full amount of governmentfunding to send the team,”Cole said.

“I hope people will think about how important it is to send a team and impact the Paralympics have on the community.The team could inspire someone lying in hospital recovering from a terrible accident.”

She welcomed the increased exposureof the Paralympics.“It’s heading in the right direction in comparisonto when I first made the team eight years ago.”

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Breastfeeding celebrated

Special gift: Port Macquarie Base Hospital Nursing Unit Manager, Maternity, Sandra Eadie accepts the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s gift hamper from Hastings group Education Counsellor Alissa Powell.NEW mums and their babies will receive a gift pack this week in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.
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The Hastings branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) hampersincludeeducation resources, books, wipes, change mats and a baby blanket. It is the group’s gift in recognition of the awareness week, which focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding and provides support for mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere.

The Breastfeeding Education Counsellor for the Hastings Group, Alissa Powell, said it was important to provide support to breastfeeding mothers if breastfeeding rates and long term health outcomes in Australia are to improve.

She added that it was also important to help breastfeeding mothers feel comfortable and accepted in society.

“World Breastfeeding Week is a fantastic opportunity to offer support, educate and demonstrate how breastfeeding contributes to the sustainability of the world we live in,” Ms Powell said.

“Societies promote lifelongwellbeing and sustainability when they support breastfeeding mothers. Our community can reach its goals by improving intergenerational education and our mindfulness of young families,even a few simple words of encouragement can go a long way.

“We encourage all mothers and carers to join our local group where they will find plenty of mother-to-mother support and resources to help them with feeding their babies and children, whether exclusively breastfeeding or not.

“We also provide access to trained volunteer counsellors, friendship to support young families and drive initiatives such as providing local businesses with ABA’Breastfeeding Welcome Here’stickers to show their inclusiveness of young families.”

Port Macquarie Base Hospital Maternity Nursing Unit Manager Sandra Eadie said breastfeeding helps provide babies with the best start in life and is a key contributor to infant health.

Australia’s dietary guidelinesrecommend exclusive breastfeeding of infants until six months of age, with the introduction of solid foods around six months and continued breastfeeding until the age of 12 months – and beyond.

“Breastfeeding also benefits mothers by promoting faster recovery from childbirth, and reduces the risks of breast and ovarian cancers in later life,” Ms Eadie said.

The ABA staffs a 24-hour hotline, 1800 mum2mum (1800 686 268) and provides email counselling, live chat, fact sheets and a range of resources through梧桐夜网breastfeeding.asn419论坛.

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FedUni’s tiger project

CROWDFUNDING: Federation University academics are raising funds, and undertaking research, to save Nepal’s tiger population.
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Federation University academics have launched a crowdfunding campaign to protect the Nepalese tiger population.

They will also undertake a new research project investigating how the economic benefits of tiger conservation and tourist dollars can be shared with local communities so people and tigers both benefit.

Associate Professor Wendy Wright from Federation Universitysaid Nepal has committed to doublingthe number of tigers in its national parks by 2022 as part of its international conservation obligations.

“Increased tiger numbers are likely to exacerbate human-tiger conflict in the agricultural areas immediately surrounding the parks,” Associate Professor Wright said.

She said student Babu Bhattari is on leave from the Nepalese Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation to do his PhD at Federation University.

Mr Bhattari is an experienced conservation biologist with a track record in successful conservation of large, carnivorous mammals.

“His project is focused on how to manage this challenge.”

Associate Professor Wright said Nepal plays a key role in conserving tigers, with most living in just a few national parks.

“Small rural communities live in a buffer zone around the park.

“The people farm and manage community forests in this buffer zone.

“They collect food, building materials and fuel from the jungle and graze their animals there.

“These farmers are amongst the poorest in the world.

“Yet they accept the responsibility at the front line of conservation, protecting an iconic species for all of us and our global heritage.”

Mr Bhattari has previously been a ranger for more than two years at the Bardia National Park, which not only hosts tigers but alsohas a large range of other rare and endangered species as well.

The crowdfunding campaign began on July 29, which is International Tiger Day.

It is hosted by the Chuffed Crowdfunding website at chuffed.org/project/nepal-tigers.

For more information on Federation University’s other wildlife conservation research, go to the websitefederation.edu419论坛/fost/wildresearch

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