COMMENT: Rural voters have an eye on the election

FROM markets to transport and research it seems every sector is closely watching how things will unfold in the upcoming NSW State Election.

If lessons are to be learned from the past some governments and parties are “better” at looking after our agricultural interests than others.

So it is understandable that many are on tenterhooks in what could best be described as an uncertain political climate.

And it seems almost nothing is off the table when it comes to getting voters onside. Interestingly Labor has pledged to provide funds for Q Fever vaccinations if successful in the upcoming election.

Unfortunately Q Fever vaccinations can be expensive and people often take a risk with their health when weighing up the pros and cons. 


CONGRATULATIONS to Adelong vendors John and Jenn Corbett who have broken all records with their two-year-old filly which sold to a high of $230,000 at the Landmark Classic sale in Tamworth.

The “Landmark Classic” concept has united the working horse industry in Australia and allowed buyers to secure some of the best bloodlines in the world. It has also given vendors a platform to showcase and sell their horses.

And there is a chance to put skills to the test in the campdraft pen and earn some prize money and prestige. 


THE latest in rural research is on the table in Wagga next week when the Grains Research and Development Corporation hosts a two-day forum.

The forum on February 19 and 20 at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will feature some handy research and tips that could just give some insights before planting of the upcoming winter crop starts.

This event is also an opportunity to see the work which occurs here in the Riverina from Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries researchers.