West highland white terriers Locky and Bridie are the smallest and oldest dogs at the Phillips’ sheep farm in Tallygaroopna, but they aren’t afraid to jump into the yards.
Boisterous black Labrador, Tally, was born into a litter of nine pups to a golden Labrador mother and a chocolate Labrador father.
Never leave home without him.....
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.
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The garden is the work of more than 100 people and has taken more than a decade to complete. Aboriginal community devleopment worker Chris Thorne shared stories of Benalla's Indigenous heritage.
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