Sale to grab collectors interest

Stock and property: Local stock and station agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest news in the agricultural industry from across the central west and beyond. Photo: File.
Stock and property: Local stock and station agent Bill Tatt discusses the latest news in the agricultural industry from across the central west and beyond. Photo: File.

A sale to be held at the Gilgandra Showground on Saturday, February 17 should catch the eye of all avid collectors of antiques and Australiana.

With this we refer to a sale on account of the Semmler family with collectible and items some of which have been in the family possession for well over 70 years.

Items of interest are too numerous to list but do include a variety of traps, wagon jacks, old school instruments and tin chests, chain pipe wrench, parts of butter churn, bottle collection, five boxes of Pianola rolls, garden ornaments, candelabra stand with lights and more. 

The sale starts at 10am and is in the hands of MH Thomas & Co Gilgandra with the go-to man Bryce Thomas on 0429 472957.

Westpac Bank put out an interesting magazine on a regular basis relating to the rural industry. The recent edition told that the record-breaking price for a Braham bull in 2017 was $325,000. That is some bull. During January to September the Northern Territory exported almost 8000 live Buffalo.

Currently the average farm worker is 56 years of age, this being 17 years older than the average workforce which stands at 39 years. They also suggest that by 2021/22 the predicted size of the Australian lamb flock will stand at 83 million head.

Cotton production is thought to rise to 1.1 million tonnes by 2017/18, which is some 65/70 per cent higher than 2/3 years ago, this trend is expected to continue until 2021/22 due to increase global demand and much improved irrigation techniques. Milk production is also tipped to grow over the next 3 to 4 years with the shift to lower cost grains, a better feeding regime, improving genetics and much better farming technology. This increase production may be a worry for that part of our industry with the very high profiling of the current milk glut over vast parts of Europe.

Finally, from 2014 to 2016 the exports of fresh table grapes from Australia to Japan grew by 5183.5 per cent and is now worth almost $31 million, all in all a very good read is this magazine.

For many months, Dubbo agents have been dragging cattle for sale out of the drought ravaged upper hunter around Scone, Merriwa and other centres. On Friday history will repeat itself with another 100 cows the last of this vendor core breeders, being offered for sale in Dubbo. The consignment will consist of about one third being cows which recently had their second calf weaned and sold and the balance are mixed age cows, which also have recently had their own calves weaned and sold. The cows are medium frames in plain but strong condition they will be fed for 2-3 days at Dubbo prior to sale and have run continuously with Poll Hereford bulls.