Reggie recalls peaks and troughs

REGGIE Tomkins can remember buying a pen of cows and calves in the high country for $31.
REGGIE Tomkins can remember buying a pen of cows and calves in the high country for $31.
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A FARM boy from Beeac in Western Victoria has grown up to try his luck at managing an agricultural venture near the Italian city of Perugia, north of Rome. A FARM boy from Beeac in Western Victoria has grown up to try his luck at managing an agricultural venture near the Italian city of Perugia, north of Rome.
FEATURE breeder's lines of steers and heifers aided a strong sale at Pakenham yesterday. FEATURE breeder's lines of steers and heifers aided a strong sale at Pakenham yesterday.
THE Tasmanian government has moved to extend its ban on fracking for another five years. THE Tasmanian government has moved to extend its ban on fracking for another five years.
A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee. A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
KEN and Kym Skews, Ensay, have sold weaner cattle at the Mountain Calf Sales for 18 years - Hereford steers at Ensay and black baldy steers and heifers at Omeo.
4:00 AM KEN and Kym Skews, Ensay, have sold weaner cattle at the Mountain Calf Sales for 18 years - Hereford steers at Ensay and black baldy steers and heifers at Omeo.
AN EXCEPTIONAL year for pasture growth puts producers in the high country in a very good position for their annual Mountain Cattle Sales on March 10 and 11.
28 Feb 15 AN EXCEPTIONAL year for pasture growth puts producers in the high country in a very good position for their annual Mountain Cattle Sales on March 10 and 11.
WEERAN Angus achieved a solid result at its 25th annual autumn bull sale this week, clearing 51 of 68 bulls to $8000.
27 Feb 15 WEERAN Angus achieved a solid result at its 25th annual autumn bull sale this week, clearing 51 of 68 bulls to $8000.
FEATURE breeder's lines of steers and heifers aided a strong sale at Pakenham yesterday.
27 Feb 15 FEATURE breeder's lines of steers and heifers aided a strong sale at Pakenham yesterday.
BARRY Newcomen describes this season as one of the best he can remember, and he's been in the game a long time.
27 Feb 15 BARRY Newcomen describes this season as one of the best he can remember, and he's been in the game a long time.
THE current demand for weaner cattle is expected to continue to at least September when the next new wave of breeder cattle is due to enter the market.
27 Feb 15 THE current demand for weaner cattle is expected to continue to at least September when the next new wave of breeder cattle is due to enter the market.
The Victorian fox bounty will resume in March with collection centres opening across the state.
26 Feb 15 The Victorian fox bounty will resume in March with collection centres opening across the state.
A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
26 Feb 15 A FUNDING submission for a proposed $1.4 million new multi-species abattoir on King Island has been knocked back by a Federal Government committee.
PHIL and Kerry Geehman sold the top-priced pen at last year's Ensay cattle sale and are hoping the good season in the high country will pay off again this year.
26 Feb 15 PHIL and Kerry Geehman sold the top-priced pen at last year's Ensay cattle sale and are hoping the good season in the high country will pay off again this year.
JOHN 'Cookie' Cook has faced a few challenges in his lifetime on the mountains.
26 Feb 15 JOHN 'Cookie' Cook has faced a few challenges in his lifetime on the mountains.
In 2013, the Australian pork industry lost one of its most passionate and valued members, Bridget Dunn.
25 Feb 15 In 2013, the Australian pork industry lost one of its most passionate and valued members, Bridget Dunn.
Farmers in NSW and Victoria today called for a senate inquiry into increasing market consolidation taking place in the Australian red-meat processing sector.
25 Feb 15 Farmers in NSW and Victoria today called for a senate inquiry into increasing market consolidation taking place in the Australian red-meat processing sector.
BUTCHER, feedlot, processor, and Gippsland bullock finisher competition was eager at Ballarat’s annual grown and weaner steer sale,  without breaking records.
20 Feb 15 BUTCHER, feedlot, processor, and Gippsland bullock finisher competition was eager at Ballarat’s annual grown and weaner steer sale, without breaking records.
Mount Difficult Hansen H34 stole the show at the Mount Difficult Poll Hereford stud dispersal fetching the sale high of $20,000.
20 Feb 15 Mount Difficult Hansen H34 stole the show at the Mount Difficult Poll Hereford stud dispersal fetching the sale high of $20,000.
GROWN steers met heavy feedlot inquiry in a much larger than anticipated yarding of store cattle at Hamilton yesterday.
20 Feb 15 GROWN steers met heavy feedlot inquiry in a much larger than anticipated yarding of store cattle at Hamilton yesterday.
A STRONG local focus assisted in a solid result at the Leongatha store sale yesterday.
20 Feb 15 A STRONG local focus assisted in a solid result at the Leongatha store sale yesterday.
DISCUSSIONS over pre-weigh and post-weigh selling methods came to a head today when up to 10 buyers failed to appear or buy cattle at the first prime cattle at the new Barnawartha saleyards.
17 Feb 15 DISCUSSIONS over pre-weigh and post-weigh selling methods came to a head today when up to 10 buyers failed to appear or buy cattle at the first prime cattle at the new Barnawartha saleyards.
AN ABSENCE of Gippsland and South Australia districts buyers saw demand for joined and calved females fail to meet seller expectations at the Ballarat feature female sale on Friday.
16 Feb 15 AN ABSENCE of Gippsland and South Australia districts buyers saw demand for joined and calved females fail to meet seller expectations at the Ballarat feature female sale on Friday.
STORE sheep rates at Wycheproof responded to recent falling prime prices on Friday, with softer values recorded on the day.
16 Feb 15 STORE sheep rates at Wycheproof responded to recent falling prime prices on Friday, with softer values recorded on the day.
PRICES remained strong at today's store cattle sale at Bairnsdale, with 1097 cattle yarded and steers selling to 216 cents-a-kilogram.
13 Feb 15 PRICES remained strong at today's store cattle sale at Bairnsdale, with 1097 cattle yarded and steers selling to 216 cents-a-kilogram.
PROCESSORS, feedlots and local buyers contended for the 1400 store cattle on offer in the muggy heat of the Euroa saleyards on Wednesday. However, with the absence of any bigger lines of cattle, fewer northern buyers attended on the day.
13 Feb 15 PROCESSORS, feedlots and local buyers contended for the 1400 store cattle on offer in the muggy heat of the Euroa saleyards on Wednesday. However, with the absence of any bigger lines of...
PEOPLE flocked to the new Barnawatha saleyard in Victoria for the inaugural sale.
13 Feb 15 PEOPLE flocked to the new Barnawatha saleyard in Victoria for the inaugural sale.
THE Victorian government has split the operations and policy of wild dog management between the two super-departments.
Operational and community management is under the jurisdiction of staff in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
13 Feb 15 THE Victorian government has split the operations and policy of wild dog management between the two super-departments. Operational and community management is under the jurisdiction of...
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I think it is very wrong that Greg misfud thinks that some of us doggers fraud the system maybe
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Sounds like you may have some median, mode, mean shoppers over your way Bushie Bill. A few
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So the man who has never run a business in his life condescendingly says that new red tape will
THE Tasmanian government has moved to extend its ban on fracking for another five years.26 Feb 15 THE Tasmanian government has moved to extend its ban on fracking for another five years.
For Australian agriculture to meets its enormous potential, the government must play a key role in supporting research and development, and collaboration, an international expert has said.26 Feb 15 For Australian agriculture to meets its enormous potential, the government must play a key role in supporting...