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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 22, 2010 The Stock Report PICK ME, PICK ME: A Rhode Island Red attracts interest. Auction action a big hit SPRUCED UP: Kylie Short, of Glendevie, gives daughter Brooke, 3, a quick wipe. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY TOP BREED: A Buff Sussex struts its stuff. JENNIFER CRAWLEY MORE than 100 people crowded into a poultry shed recent on a hot sunny day at Ranelagh. Not one bird was left at the end of the fast, free-flowing auction of breeds belonging to Philip Evans, of Geeveston. Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Whites and Buff Sussexs were among the birds sold in the partial dispersal and reduction of Mr Evan's brood. ''I'm just cutting back,'' Mr Evans said. ''I don't want to juggle so many.'' Mr Evans has bred chickens since he was a boy and stood at the back of the shed as each bird sold. Diana Bennison was at Ranelagh to auction off her Anglo Nubian goat Sammy. Ms Bennison said she had been attending the monthly auction since moving to Glen Huon in 1985. She grew up on a sheep farm on the East Coast. ''Sheep and shearing don't appeal to me,'' Ms Bennison said. She said Anglo Nubians had good personalities and were easy to handle. Ms Bennison said the monthly Ranelagh auctions reminded her of what it was like when she was a child. ''Youcanhaveacupofteaina china cup, not a paper cup,'' she said. ''And no one leaves their cups lying around --- they take them back.'' David and Laurel Fletcher, of Leslie Vale, were there with Mr Fletcher's pet lamb. The affectionate lamb followed Mr Fletcher everywhere he went at the auction. ''When she can't see me she goes crook,'' he said. The Fletchers have lived at Leslie Vale all their married life, and they regularly attend the Ranelagh sales. Barbara Moate came from Brighton for the sale. ''I love the atmosphere,'' Ms Moate said. Tony and Colin Wooley travelled from Dover to sell some of their cattle. Tony is a former Metro bus driver and Colin was a forestry foreman. Colin Wooley said he was happy with the $400 price tag his steers fetched. Roberts auctioneers Drew Skinner and Jamie Wooley kept the crowds entertained while Robert Drummond worked quietly in the background. Three-year-old Brooke Short followed the auction action with her mum Kylie. The mother and daughter try to attend the Ranelagh sales every month. Brooke lives on a 15ha Glendevie property with her sister and her parents. Mr Short is studying to be a butcher. The family has sheep, cows, pigs, chooks and goats on their farm and Mrs Short took a couple of ducks home after the auction. Mrs Short said she grew most of the family produce in a hothouse on the farm. ''I wish I had grown up like my two girls,'' she said. The new Leader Enviro tag is now available. * Fully Recyclable. * Great Retention. * No lump or damaged chip on application. * Australian made The more Australia use, the lower the price will be. Buy Australian and support an Australian company. Ask your agent about our FREE Jumbo Ring Expander and Prodder deals. Th L d E i t i il bl New Enviro Tag Direct Importing agents and Manufactures PH Rob Ikin 0408 131 692 • USA manufactured premium pivots, micro pivots & linears • Irtec Quality hardhose irrigators • Electric and Diesel Pump Sets • Pipes and fittings SAVE $$$ Buying direct from us without compromising on Quality & Service 122 Boomers Road Launceston, 7250 www.vdlirrigation.com.au 2042837-100924
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