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Yellow dwarf virus hits | The Land

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Yellow dwarf virus can hit barley especially hard.

Yellow dwarf virus can hit barley especially hard.

MOST grain growers were thrilled with the good autumn rain, but there has been a downside – an increase in yellow dwarf virus (YDV) in cereal crops.

Agriculture Victoria announced there had been a spike in YDV this year, particularly in the Wimmera and southern Mallee, while officials in other states are also closely monitoring the situation.

YDVs are a group of closely related virus species that infect cereals such as wheat, barley, oats, triticale and grasses, with barley YDV the best known to farmers.

These widespread viruses can cause yield losses of up to 80 per cent when plants are infected early in the growing season.

Ag Vic molecular epidemiologist Narelle Nancarrow said the virus…



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Cottage Park ram Western Australian bound | The Land

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Strong local support at Mark and Jodie Pendergast’s 26th annual on-property Cottage Park ram sale at Cooma was underpinned when the top priced ram was bought by P.R and D.M Gooding, East Mundulla Merino stud, Lake Grace, Western Australia.

On the advice of stud consultant Rick Power, the partnership paid $11,250 for the son of Yarrawonga 193.

Mr Power said the Gooding’s had visited Cottage Park and looked at what Mark Pendergast is achieving through his determination to breed big, strong boned rams with constitution and bulky fleeces.

“They were the losing bidders on the top priced ram last year,” he said.

“I advised the Gooding’s I thought this was a perfect ram in the catalogue for their program.”

Other good sales included one at $8000…



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Young gun agent helps Coonong Station top sheep and cattle markets | The Land

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When the Holt family of Coonong Station at Urana received $438 per head for their scanned in lamb Dohne Merino ewes, they gave much of the credit to a marketing campaign run by 24-year-old agent Helen de Costa.

The ewes were sold in AuctionsPlus’ weekly national sheep sale earlier this month and the $438 pen featured 340 two-year-old Dohne ewes, scanned in lamb with a Trigger Vale White Suffolk.

The ewes were some of the 1990 Coonong sold in total, including two pens of six-year-olds, for an average of $314.

Ms de Costa of H Francis and Co said their marketing campaign had included a combination of social media and print advertising, along with getting the word out in their agent network.

Tom and Sophie Holt’s son Tom, 14, even shot drone…



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All the photos and results from the Corowa Blue Ribbon First Cross Ewe Sale | The Land

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Vendors were all smiles at the Corowa Blue Ribbon First Cross Ewe Sale on Thursday, with the Border Leicester cross Merino ewes on offer attracting up to $418.

Corcoran Parker agent Clynton Rixon said the earlier runs of 2019-drop ewes made from $400 to $410.

“Then as you dropped down in your age and your weight a little bit, a lot of the ewes starting making from $370 to $390, that was pretty consistent all the way through,” Mr Rixon said.

“The second drafts came down to $350 to $370.”

Mr Rixon said the sheep offered were at least 10 to 20 kilograms heavier than seen at last year’s sale.

“They haven’t really had a bad day, I think at this end of the season, with our sale being when the feed’s peaking, the sheep…



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