Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association
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When Landcare came about and the VRD Conservation Association (VRDCA) was formed Allan was again active in getting the group going and contributing to its management and activities. If the 1980s was a time when the Brucellosis & Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign (BTEC) drove station management, the 1990s was a time when with BTEC coming to a successful conclusion station managers had the chance to get back to managing for herd productivity and land condition. Allan Andrews epitomised the successful manager of the day in his enthusiasm for adopting productive land and cattle management practices, for learning as much as he could about better ways of managing, and critically of helping to form and contribute to the community and industry groups that would foster learning and adoption through this critical time. There are many in government and industry that will recall Allan Andrews at meetings, field days and demonstration sites on Auvergne, with stainless steel pannikin in hand (The teacups at these things are always too small). His contributions were always delivered quietly and modestly but were generally the essence of good bush common sense and experience, mixed with a desire for improving the way things were done. He set up numerous demonstration trials on Auvergne with fire, pasture spelling, regeneration of scalded country, handling technologies and the like, and tried hard to convince some from head office that the improvements in ground cover and pasture yields did not require an automatic increase in stock numbers. Allan and Ros Andrews have always been passionate supporters and members of the NTCA and Allan has held positions on the Katherine Branch and Executive for many years. Allan has served two terms as Chair of the Katherine Branch and stood for election as President in 2003. Allan would have made a fine President. Through all his formal contributions to the NTCA, and industry more generally, and his keenness and ability to pass knowledge and enthusiasm on to younger people, Allan has shown a patience and quiet dedication to the job at hand, and his ability can be underestimated, but only at your peril. Apart from his wife and partner Ros, in all of these pursuits Allan had another comrade in arms in Mr Ted Templeton, another bloke of few words (at least until he got hearing aids). In what I think is an apt metaphor for Allans contribution, I need to tell you the story of our trip to the Ashes Cricket Test at the Gabba in 2006. Allan, Ted and I booked a table for 10 in the Legends Room for the 5 days of the Test, and we took along Dr Wayne Mollah as our intellectual cricket tragic. The other side of the table was filled with stock agent Peter Dowling and his hand-picked team of younger, fitter, corn-fed, east-coast campdrafters. Having paid up front for all meals, drinks and grandstand seats for 5 days we settled in for the hard graft that is test cricket. I took the precaution of warning the eastern-staters that while Allan and Ted were showing a little grey about the temples and did not talk a lot, they should not be taken lightly. Fast-forward to Day 4 it was lunch, and a critical time of the test. Shane Warne was bowling to Kevin Pietersen. Dr. Mollah and I left the Legends Room at the end of lunch to watch this contest, and left Allan and Ted finishing lunch and enjoying a quiet red with the cornfed brigade. They never reappeared for the after lunch session, nor the after tea session. At stumps the Poms were 5/193, KP not out on 92, fighting a rear-guard action after 196 from Ponting and a McGrath 6-for in the first innings, and 100 from Langer in the 2nd. We returned to the Legends Room to find Allan and Ted perched in front of a big screen quietly having a red, while strewn about the room were the remnants of the Corn-fed brigade, their innings and Test in tatters. Allan Andrews has never made a big noise about his abilities or contributions, but over a very long period he has put in and added much to the NTCA and the NT pastoral industry, particularly in the Katherine region. It is an honour to recognise Allan Andrews as a Life Member of the NTCA. Allan Andrews has never made a big noise about his abilities or contributions, but over a very long period he has put in and added much to the NTCA and the NT pastoral industry, particularly in the Katherine region. It is an honour to recognise Allan Andrews as a Life Member of the NTCA. NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17 103
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