Bill Tatt: Australian bushfires are nothing short of horrendous

Stock and property: Columnist Bill Tatt (pictured) writes about the devastating bushfires, the recent sheep and lamb sale in Dubbo and more. Photo: File.

Stock and property: Columnist Bill Tatt (pictured) writes about the devastating bushfires, the recent sheep and lamb sale in Dubbo and more. Photo: File.

Week Ending 10/01/2020

As we commence another New Year the writer would like to take the opportunity to wish everybody a safe, happy and much wetter 2020.

The fires raging across the continent are nothing short of horrendous and one wonders how long the efforts of firefighters can be maintained.

When these fires are eventually defeated, authorities must re-jig and implement new strategies to combat these disasters in the future.

Many more qualified people than I have advanced multiple suggestions on this matter.

Proven arsonist must be dealt with the full force of the law. Never again should National Parks Reserves etc be allowed to accumulate the amount of leaf litter and undergrowth that is presently the case.

Proven arsonist must be dealt with the full force of the law.

Bill Tatt

Finally my thoughts are that now government has seen fit to involve some 3000 plus army personnel these well-educated, highly skilled people with some on site training may in the short term be able to assist rangers to conduct 'cool burns' in the winter months.

Dubbo Agents on January 6 yarded close to 17,000 sheep and lambs.

Some of the buying fraternity did not really become involved but having said that the writer felt the market was on par or slightly better than the final sale of 2019, particularly for lambs and hoggets.

Mutton in the main looked similar to last day with some local and interstate interest on suitable lines. Prime cattle numbers for the first sale of the New Year stood at 2600 as this column was being compiled.

This figure is a few more than some of us had anticipated.

There is no official store cattle sale scheduled for January at this point in time as we move into the new year. Vendors are reminded that financial penalties exist for livestock delivered to Dubbo Saleyards that are not fit to be in the public domain.

These may include cripples, 'downers', cancers, ruptures, emaciated etc.

A golden rule probably is that if you as the owner would not buy or eat the animal well it probably should not be consigned to a saleyard.

The commencement of the southern weaner sales has seen an influx of cattle being spelled at the Troy Complex on their way North to feedlots.

Since the drought began feed lotting in the Northern State has almost doubled in size and one analyst has suggested that in the foreseeable future Australia may see two million head of cattle on feed on a regular basis.

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