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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 Stock Report NEW BLOOD: Bundaleer True Blue with Dean Murfett from the Murfield Murray Grey stud. Bull swap boost for Tasmania and WA KAROLIN MacGREGOR AN exchange of two bulls between Tasmanian and Western Australia will see some new Murray Grey genetics introduced into both states. Tasmanian breeders the Murfett family's Murfield Murray Grey stud and the Wilson family's Wiltshire Murray Grey stud have joined forces in an exchange with renowned Western Australian operation Bundaleer Murray Grey stud. The unique arrangement has seen one of the state's top Murray Grey bulls Murfield Apache now calling the Bundaleer stud in WA home. In exchange the two Tasmanian studs have received the bull Bundaleer True Blue. Apache is well known in Tasmanian stud circles after a successful show career in Tasmania which included winning the Champion Interbreed Bull at the Royal Hobart show in 2007. One of Apache's sons was also the top priced bull at the Island State Murray Grey sale earlier this year. The Tasmanian bred bull will introduce almost completely new genetics to the Bundaleer stud and will be used over a select group of females this season. The aim is provide the stud's commercial clients with bulls that have a complete outcross in WA. Rob Wilson from the Wiltshire stud had never seen True Blue in the flesh before he arrived, but said he has always been impressed with the bull's performance and phenotype. True Blue has the heaviest weight for age of any bull ever produced at Bundaleer after weighing in at 848kg at just 16 months of age. His eye muscle area is also impressive at 140cm. True Blue recently arrived in Tasmania after the long trip from WA and did not disappoint. ''True Blue arrived safe and well- took 10 days and travelled via Dubbo,'' Mr Wilson said. ''He looks a little down in nick but otherwise he looks fantastic.'' The timing of the exchange for all three studs is good because they have used the bulls extensively in their respective herds, so an injection of new top quality genetics now will be ideal. Mr Wilson said, after seeing True Blue in the flesh, he has high hopes for his progeny. ''Great length, bone and feet,'' he said. ''Tremendous jump muscle expression for a bull in his condition and great depth of muscling. Good topline and he tracks well for a bull of his length, he's extremely quiet also. ''I believe we have one of the best proven sires in the bred and he'll fit well into Wiltshire and Murfield.'' Councils urged to enforce dog laws BLAIR RICHARDS DIFFICULT: Tim Kirkwood. We put it out in our newsletters to try and promote the positives of dog registration, but there are some people who feel it's a cost they don't need to pay.' SOUTHERN Midlands farmers who have lost sheep to dog attacks are hoping new laws will allow local councils to get tough on the owners of killer dogs. The State Government's amend- ment to the Dog Control Act 2000, passed last October, gives more legal muscle to council dog control officers against owners who fail to deal with problem dogs. It also requires that all dogs be identified using microchips from July next year. Campania farmer Delia Thomp- son, a former Southern Midlands councillor, says she has had three dog attacks at her Mountain Park property since June. On June 13 three sheep were killed at Mountain Park, including Mrs Thompson's beloved pet sheep Edwina and Ensign. On July 25 a young stud ram was killed. It was found in a waterhole, with one horn ripped off.On August 5 four sheep were killed at Mountain Park and sev- eral injured. On the same night three sheep were killed at the neighbouring Stockdale property. While Mrs Thompson ap- plauded the State Government for bringing in new dog legislation, she said it was up to councils to act.Mrs Thompson said the South- ern Midlands Council should do an audit of all the dogs in the municipality to combat attacks on sheep. ''When I was on council I put a motion that we should send people out, as we used to, and go door to door to identify dogs and make an accurate register,'' she said. ''Southern Midlands Council has never charged any person with having a dog attack on a sheep. When I was on council we had a dog attack on the agenda every month.'' Southern Midlands Council gen- eral manager Tim Kirkwood said the council's preferred course of action was not to fine dog owners, but to get them to cough up compensation to be paid to far- mers. He said it would not be practical to visit every property to make a list of dogs living in the munici- pality. ''Our municipality covers 2561 square kilometres. To physically doorknock each and every prop- erty would be extremely difficult. ''We put it out in our newsletters to try and promote the positives of dog registration, but there are some people who feel it's a cost they don't need to pay,'' he said. At Yarlington, several high- value sheep were killed in late May and early June. Marilyn and Wayne Webster lost eight pregnant Wiltipoll ewes. Mrs Webster said it was the first time sheep had been attacked at their property. The Websters' neighbours, the Frenches, lost 13 pregnant ewes. 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