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Northern NSW : Rescue Aut 2016
The McLaren family donated a ram that raised $1800 for the Service after being bought by Jock and Shara Menzies, ‘Conningdale’, Winterbourne Pastoral Company. Nerstane Merinos Stud principal Hamish McLaren was instrumental in getting the New England-North West base established and remains on the Advisory Committee. More than $5,000 was raised for the Rescue Helicopter on the day and it was also a successful sale for the Woolbrook stud. A new on-property sale record was set when Nerstane’s top ram sold for $18,000. Nerstane sold 189 of its 202 rams in its annual production sale for a clearance of 93 per cent and average of $1863. Westpac Rescue Helicopter volunteers from the Walcha Support Group battled the rain on 29 January at the McLaren family’s annual Nerstane Ram Sale, but it didn’t dampen their enthusiasm or that of the buyers. Our community Riding on the sheep’s back Spirit of the land The generosity of the rural community continues to amaze as grain growers, and lamb, beef and wool producers, contribute about $100,000 in fundraising each year for the Service. Producers in the state’s north raised more than $5000 for the Tamworth-based operation through the fifth annual Westpac Tag-a-Calf sale on 4 March. The charity drive, held in conjunction with the fortnightly store sale, allowed farmers to nominate proceeds from an animal. The initiative has raised more than $45,000 over the past five years. ‘T he farming community has some of the most generous people we come across,’ said WRHS community liaison officer Michael Wilson. ‘ Many farmers were eager to assist again at Tag-a-Calf.’ People in the agricultural industry make their donations a little differently from the traditional money tin or raffle. Farmers such as those on the Liverpool Plains and other grain-growing regions donate by the tonne. Graziers donate cattle, sheep, or even wool fresh off a sheep’s back. Agricultural companies see the farmers’ involvement and make their own donations as well as assisting to make the process of support easier. Jim Meckiff from Allflex, Nerstane Merinos Stud principal Hamish McLaren and buyer Jock Menzies, ‘Conningdale’, Winterbourne Pastoral Company, Armidale. Photo courtesy of The Land Michael Wilson (WRHS) and Simon Burke from selling agent Burke & Smyth. Photo courtesy of The Land 8 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2016
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