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.
Strathmerton dairy farmers Emily Brown and Stephen Fisicaro describe their dogs as larrikins.
A multimillion-dollar redevelopment of one of Shepparton’s central business districts has resulted in an influx of new customers and increased trade.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca United and Moama will play for the 3Jacks trophy at Echuca South Oval today.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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