Bill Tatt: fairness needed with water allocations

Stock and property: Bill Tatt talks about water allocations, a great result at a lamb sale and the live export debate. Photo: File.
Stock and property: Bill Tatt talks about water allocations, a great result at a lamb sale and the live export debate. Photo: File.

Week Ending 19/07/19

They were an iconic company in our industry and with this comment we refer to Winchcombe Carson Ltd who were taken over by Dalgety & Co in 1979.

Some of the staff over the years have kept in touch and no doubt had the odd reunion but this the 40th will be the final muster.

The event will be held at the Souths League Club Newcastle on Saturday, September 28.

Plenty of accommodation available at good rates close to the venue. My early advice is to contact one of the following Bob Berry 0418 636 954, Bill Pitts 0421 949 234, Denis McGrath 0435 855 144, Phil Rourke 0418 667 659.

The column will try to remember to refresh your memories closer to the actual date, but you should start making your plans now.

Spoke with Phillip Morris from Peter Milling & Co Wellington with regards to a wonderful sale he achieved for his clients Ray and Annie Inder, 'Farley, Merriwa at last Mondays lamb sale.

The family sold 83 second cross lambs by White Suffolk and Poll Dorset's for a new Dubbo saleyard record of $349.00.

The lambs were estimated to weigh between 68/70kg liveweight and were finished on crop and feeders.

Hopefully I have misheard a recent comment made on rural radio about water allocations.

The spokesman who I suggest knew the stats and was able to speak with authority suggested that in the fullness of time South Australian irrigators should receive 97 per cent of their water allocation for this year.

How can this be fair when many irrigators in Queensland, NSW and Victoria have been told that on many major river systems their entitlements will be zero.

There must be something that the writer does not understand about how our irrigation water is allocated.

There must be something that the writer does not understand about how our irrigation water is allocated.

In the last column I briefly touched on the fact that the minister of Agriculture in New Zealand was contemplating a submission to their Parliament that the country ban all live exports of cattle.

Officials are currently reviewing all options.

This should be music to the ears of Northern Australian cattlemen.

READ BILL TATT'S PREVIOUS STOCK AND PROPERTY COLUMN HERE.

In 2016 New Zealand exported 40,000 head and in 2018 they sent 14,460 head worth about $30 million to China.

The minister feels that the continuation of live export may damage the New Zealand brand.