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Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015



Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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www.katherinetimes.com.au KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 2015 11 >> rural news Top End Orienteers are holding a series of orienteering events around Katherine on Tuesday evenings. If you like the idea of having something to do while running/ walking or just want to discover some new parts of Katherine then you should give it a go. You can compete individually or in groups and visit as many or as few checkpoints as you want. These events provide a great introduction for novices to orienteering. For further information contact Andrew Simon M. 0408 824 811 E. andmausimon@gmail.com | www.teo.asn.au Bush Events Sat Katherine Showgrounds enter via 22nd Aug Murray St from Victoria Hwy, Starts 4pm until 5:30pm, Courses close: 6:45pm Sun Bush 5km NE of town, Up Gorge Rd 23rd Aug and turn into Morris Rd Starts 7:30am until 9am, Courses close: 11:30am Courses offered will be: Easy 2.5km | Moderate 4.2km Short hard 4.2km | Long hard 6km Coaching is available at both events for beginners ORIENTEERING IS BACK A W 17 38 98 1 IMPROVED OPTIONS: Well-known pastoralist Milton Jones believes Australian Agricultural Companys new NT abattoir will clean up the north and boost growers bottom lines. IT HAS been 10 months since Australian Agricultural Company started processing cattle at its Livingstone beef facility, but already it has one Northern Territory producer claiming its the best thing for this country. Milton Jones, owner and manager of the 400,000hectare Coolibah Station, west of Katherine, is positive the abattoir is on track to increase beef herd profitability for properties across the Territory. Theres a certain amount of cattle that cant get to export and its a great thing to be able to have the works there to tip them into, he said. He estimated as much as 10 per cent of cattle herds on smaller operations will be culled through the abattoir. Thats how the Territory used to be, he said. Youd harvest your sale cattle off [the smaller operations] and theyd go to the meatworks, and then what steers youd brand, theyd go on the boat, and then the old cows to the meatworks. Thats how it used to be and thats how it will be now. When Teys Bros closed its Katherine processing facility in 2001 it was deemed unviable at the time due to competitive export prices Mr Jones said a lot of producers were left with a growing portion of unprofitable animals in their herds. What can you do with them? he asked. You sort of just let old cows die in the paddock, and bulls. Unless you could export them, they werent worth it, youd just shoot them. Last month, Mr Jones offloaded 120 brahman bulls for an average of $1.50 per kilogram. Averaging about 490 to 500kg, Mr Jones described them as marginal cattle out of Western Australia, out of the Kimberleys. He hoped to send 600 cows to the meatworks in the weeks following, as well as another 120 bits of rubbish from a block near Darwin. AACo are the brave ones for getting out there and building it that abattoir will clean up the north, he said. AACo abattoir to clean up the north by ANDREA CROTHERS

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