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Drama dream come true

20/08/2019 Posted by admin

STARLET: “I want to become an actress when I get older. I want to act for as long as I can,” Maiah said. She plays the leading role in Ruby Productions Goldilocks.
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For Maiah Duffy Brown, landing the lead role in Ruby Productions Goldilocks was a dream come true.

Two days before the 10-year-old was told she would play the lead role as Goldilocks, she had a dream she got the part.

“When I woke up, at first, I thought it was real and I really did get the role. But then I realised it was all a dream and felt a little upset,” the Bella Vista resident explained.

“A few days later I was told I got the part and I was so excited!”

Maiah’s mother, Emma Duffy said she couldn’t have been prouder of her daughter.

“She absolutely loves acting and all her teachers tell me they think we will all see Maiah on the big screen one day,” Ms Duffy said.

“Even though she’s only been taking drama lessons for the last two years, her passion for acting shines bright. By taking part in Goldilocksand playing the main character, she has taken her acting to the next level.”

Unlike the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Ruby Productions version tells the tale of a grown up Goldilocks who has got herself intonewmischief.

Filled with all kinds of creatures like witches, wolves and weasels, characters bring afairy tale land to life as theyjourney through it withGoldilocks.

Maiah’s father, Alex Brownis arguably one of her biggest fans. He plays the role of Wicked Witch Bette in the production.

“I thought if I was driving my daughter to and from rehearsals and supporting her personal interest,I might as well audition and be a part of the show too,” Mr Brown enthused.

“I didn’t expect to land the part because I’m not an actor. The last time I was on stage was in a high school play.”

Maiah, theHelen O’Grady Drama Academy student said having her father on stage with her is “a very fun experience”.

“Even if my dad wasn’t on stage with me, I would still have the confidence to act. But having him there with me gives me lots of encouragement to do my best,” she said.

Mr Brown said he has enjoyed extra bonding time with his daughter andbeing apart of “such an amazing cast”.

“The cast ranges from all ages between sevenup to early 40s,” he said.

“We’re all very supportive of one another and are like a drama family,” Maiah added.

“I thank my family, my drama teachers and my school teachers –especiallyMissGraham –for always supporting me and helping me do my best.”

Wicked Witch Bette: “Maiah and I often rehearse our lines together at home or even in the car. We bounce off one another,” Mr Brown said.

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Stolen cows return home

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COUNTING CATTLE: Rural Crimes Investigator Tim Connolly with the recovered stock last week during a successful campaign. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.A successful rural crimes investigation led to the recovery of 11 stolen cows last week, reminding farmers to report crime and make sure their ear tags and marking areup-to-date.
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A 51 year-old Nyngan man was charged over alleged stock theft onJanuary 10.

The Darling Rural Crimes Investigators were working off information they received last year. On Tuesday they executed a crime scene warrant on acreage at a property in the Nyngan area and over the following two days police inspected hundreds of cattle and identified 11 that were allegedly stolen from a Tullemore Road farm.

Police will allege the cattle had their identification removed, but further ear markings connected them to their original owner.

The investigations are ongoing and the man has been served with a Future Court attendance Notice, he is expected to appear before Nyngan Local Court in the coming months.

Local rural crimes investigator Tim Connolly said there was conservatively between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of cattle recovered.

“The owner was very happy with what happened. There were seven adult cows which were conservatively $1500 each and there were four calves, there’s easy $10,000 to $15,000 there,” he said.

Detective Senior Constable Connolly said this is a timely reminder for farmers to be vigilant when it comes to marking stock and reporting rural and/or agricultural crime.

“Stock records should be up-to-date and if anything happens contact the nearest police,” he said.

“There is a lack of reporting when something happens, we’re hoping this will encourage people to be more vigilant.”

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Keen weaner producers warned: Don’t lose focus

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Beef consultant Bill Hoffman, with yarded F1 steers on his leased country at Backmede, via Casino. Taking shortcuts with weaners now won’t build a future reputation.WITH market prices bouyant again as we enter the new year there are murmurs among some breedersthat effort exerted on yard weaning is wasted come sale day.
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On the North Coast in particular,where yard weaning ahead of the autumn sales often takes place during wet and humid weather, there is strong evidence to suggest calves lose their beautiful bloom when they come off mothers’ milk and go backwards after time spent in muddy yards. Come sale day buyers then punish, rather than reward, those who follow this so-called ‘best practice’.

Beef Consultant Bill Hoffman, whose clients cover country from the coast to the north-west slopes, disagrees with that notion and says yard weaning remains a key step on the path to creating a reputation for quality.

“Yard weaning is a lifetime investment,” he says. “I say to people who are genuine long-term weaner producers the practice is a good investment. It might not pay a premium every year but in doing so producers are supplying a product that comes with a reputation that it will go ahead –not backwards – when it at the purchaser’s property. The industry respects good practice.”

Mr Hoffman, who trades in steers infused witha modest Brahman content (his favourite being first cross with Hereford) yard weans for ‘easier managementand production benefitsfurther down the chain’.

“My cattle are well handled,” he says. “They are co-mingled with calves from other properties. When they arrive at the feedlot they will do well from day one. They won’t get sick, they won’t succumb to Bovine Respiratory Disease or associated illnesses and I have the benefit of a reputation that attracts repeat buyers.”

Looking further ahead Mr Hoffman saysmarket forecasters predictprices are certain to retract as processors and feedlotters become increasingly desperate for sustainability; requiring positive margins to do so.

“Prices like these, above $4 per kilogram liveweight for light restocker cattle, simply can’t go on forever.Something, somewhere, has got to give,” he says.“Producers need to plan to manage their business with lowerpricesin the near future.”

Of course many producers on the North Coast, Eastern Fall and New England Tablelands were right now concerned with the impact of a very dry spring and early summer on calf growth.

“Many producers in northern NSW have clear memories of heat wave conditions last February,” he says, “and the resulting terrible season which continued through summer and autumn.”

Kilos of beef the key driverThefailed summer in 2016 for much of northern NSW can be blamed for a 10 per centrise in the average cost of production recorded by Hoffman Beef clientslast financial year.That was largely due to adrop in average beef kilos producedaccording to northern beef consultant Bill Hoffman.

Extrapolating the figures gleaned from his own clients he said producers were extended a hand by buoyantmarketprices which delivered positive gross margins.Withoutthose high prices producerswould have had to absorb those lost kilos and higher cost of production consequences.

“This highlights the need to stay focused on maximising the productivity of the business,” he said.“Kilograms of beef produced is the key profit driver over the longer term.”

For instance Mr Hoffman uses growth hormones in his Brahman cross steers.“I buy them as weaners, all local cattle,” he said,“and grow out to feeder steers in the420-520kg grid but increasingly sell in the lighter end of that.”

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Uncertainty clouds ditch flood issue

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FLOOD: Eflem Sartor at the ditch by his property failing to remove water from the Rankins Springs Road.
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Uncertainty surrounds responsibility for a destructive drainage ditch off the Rankins Springs Road and landowner Eflem Sartor is fed up.

Hidden on his right and filled to capacity with thick grass and weeds, theditch issupposed to remove water from the Rankins Springs Road.

But instead it brings a flood of water right into Mr Sartor’s machinery shed and further onto his property.

“Every time it rains again I think ‘here we go again’,” Mr Sartorsaid on Tuesday.

“The grass is too thick for anything to go through and so it all ends up in my shed.

“I’ve had to pull the machinery out because it keeps sinking into the mud.”

In January of last year it abruptly became too much for Mr Sartor and he made a formal complaint to Griffith City Council who he says are responsible for the maintenance of the drain.

In the meantime he built a bank to protect his land, but it proved no match against the water and so again in September he asked council to do something.

While council’s initial response suggested it had been too wet to address the issue, a deeper inspection they say has revealed further uncertainty as to who has responsibility for the drain.

“From a council point of view ownership of this drain is not clear,” council’s director of utilities Graham Gordon said.

“There is no easement over this drain and there is no jurisdiction for council to go in there.

“We have looked at the issue and we have sent staff out but it is just not clear.”

While Mr Gordon, along withdirector of infrastructure and operations Phil King andManjit Chugha, all believed the drain was in a grey area they said they would now do all they could to help look for a solution.

“We’re not going to ignore it,” Mr King said.

Council have contacted Murrumbidgee Irrigation and are working together to resolve the issue of who has responsibility.

Irrespective of who has responsibility, Mr Sartor said the ditchwill be a big job to fix.

“Spraying it now won’t work,” he said.

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Heavy lambs are in demand

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TO MARKET: Tanya and Gavin Lieschke with their extended family and Paull & Scollard Albury agent Tim Robinson. They sold 46 shorn lambs for $173.60 at Corowa, where numbers increased and quality was good. Demand for lamb is tracking strongly, with sales of extra heavy lambs a highlight.
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Export processors have driven competition over several weight categories in the chase for numbers, which caused a significant step up in rates. Some amazing results were recorded as prices for heavy lambs were pushed over the $200 barrier.

Sheep markets have also begun the year on a solid note, although the industry is still waiting for more signals about supply. A shortage of good quality mutton in NSW has played a key role in the stronger price performance,reflected in sales above 430¢/kg cwt for heavy ewes and Merino wethers.

Prices at Wagga lastThursday followed rising trends, with all categories achieving strong results. A large contingent of buyers pushed prices for trade and heavy lambs above 600¢/kg cwt, according to the National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS). The tops of the export lambs had more weight than anticipated and shorn lambs made out to $208 to average 565-602¢/kg cwt. The improved quality of the trade lambs meant prices were $17 dearer. Trade weights received from $118-$158 averaging 610-628¢/kg cwt. Processors paid up to $120 for light weight lambs.

Lamb quality and numbers are beginning to tail off at Bendigo. Numbers fell to 6361 lambs on Monday, and the yarding reflected the dry conditions. Most of the better finished recently shorn trade lambs were quoted $10-$20 dearer, with processors determined to fill orders. Medium and heavy trade lambs sold at $136-$163 averaging 620¢/kg cwt.

Lighter trade lambs sold mostly from $115-$134 to average 650¢/kg. Demand was strong, with lambs above 26kg cwt returning $160-$185 to average 568-622¢/kg cwt. Lambs returning to the paddock fetched $90-$124.Light weight lambs purchased by processors sold at $104-$117.

At Dubbo, in a much bigger yarding of just over 21,000, the hot weather did little to deter buyers. Trade lambs benefited from strong supermarket competition gaining up to $10 to average 602¢/kg. Heavy lambs bounced $14, with the greater price lift received for lambs 30kg plus.The top pens reached $204 to average 579¢/kg cwt

On Tuesday, Ballarat felt the effect of ongoing tight supplies, with lambs the hot ticket. Competition for heavy lambs was fierce between exporters and prices surged ahead $8-$15. The feature of the sale was extra heavy lambs – the $214 top price was paid for lambs estimated to weigh over 30kg cwt.

The bulk of heavy lambs averaged 615-623¢/kg cwt. Trade lambs made $125-$156, lifting $12-$15. Rates jumped $9-$11 for well-bred lambs with frame. Lambs returning to paddock topped at $128 to average $112.

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