The kids have left home but busy dairy farmers David and Christine Poort from Katandra are not short of company, with two dogs and a cat that are great mates and regularly help to put a smile on their owners’ faces. Christine takes up the story.
Biodynamic dairy farmer Mark Peterson from Nathalia wasn’t convinced when his three children were badgering him to buy a pup they’d seen advertised at nearby Katunga, but a price drop helped to wear him down. The new arrival was named after a cartoon character, in a break from the family tradition of naming all the dogs after beer brands.
Nick James, who farms in Nathalia and Kaarimba, enjoyed working with sheep on other people’s farms, so a few years ago he added sheep to his cropping enterprise. About a year ago, as his flock was growing, a couple he knew Leigh and Jane Waser of Bearii, some other farmers were getting out of sheep and gave him ‘‘a couple of good dogs’’.
When former Melbourne-based consultant Gerry Ginnivan retired, he and his wife Louise decided to build a new home and spend more time on their property Narrawa at Ruffy.
Costerfield wool producer John (Jack) Harris knows his way around a mob of sheep, and has had plenty of good sheepdogs in his time.
Zeerust farmer Rex Frecklington stopped milking cows in 2008. Sons Luke and Jake had left and wife Elaine works as a nurse. He now has about 80 cows and calves and 100 steers. He has a few (about 40) sheep and a ‘‘clan’’ of dogs that were rescued or gifts from family and friend.
Not all farm dogs have to chase sheep of cattle to be good workers.
fLife is not all production figures and budgets on a dairy farm. You need someone to take care of the social and entertainment sides so you can keep your sense of humour when milk prices plummet or rain ruins the hay.
Girgarre East farmer Bill Purcell has had plenty of good dogs in his time, but reckons there is no reason a man’s best friend can’t be a cat.
Euroa’s John ‘Docker’ Donaldson has been training greyhounds for 53 years and it’s as much a way of life as a job.
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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