El Salvador votes with Bukele allies polling strong

SAN SALVADOR: Salvadorans went to the polls on Sunday (Feb 28) to elect new lawmakers and mayors in a vote that could see President Nayib Bukele’s backers secure an absolute majority in parliament.

Opinion polls projected victory for the New Ideas party founded by Bukele in 2018, and the Grand Alliance for National Unity through which he first came to power two years ago.

Long queues of voters wearing face masks in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic had formed at voting stations ahead of polls opening at 7:00 am (1300 GMT).

Some 40,000 police, soldiers and international observers were deployed to oversee the ballot, preceded by political violence which claimed two lives last month.

“We hope to have a peaceful election day, a truly civic celebration crowned by massive participation of the electorate,” Dora Martinez, president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) told national TV.

Some 5.4 million voters are registered to elect 84 members of El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly from among 10 political parties.

A recent poll projected Bukele allies would take a comfortable majority in parliament, which would allow the president — accused of authoritarianism by his detractors — more power over lawmaking and reform.

Elected in 2019 for a five-year term, 39-year-old Bukele has had trouble getting some of his programs approved. Parliament has been dominated by two opposition parties — the rightwing Arena and leftist FMLN.

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Last February, in a bid to intimidate MPs into approving a loan to finance an anti-crime plan, the president ordered heavily armed police and soldiers to storm parliament.

This move led to lawmakers calling this month for a Congressional committee to declare Bukele “mentally incapable” of governing — a move he denounced as an “attempted parliamentary coup.”

Since the signing of a peace deal in 1992 to end more than a decade of civil war, no party has won an absolute majority in Parliament, forcing opposing political groupings into dialogue and compromise.

With a majority, Bukele would also be able to appoint judges to the Supreme Court and the public prosecutor’s office — institutions with which he has already clashed.

Polls are also predicting a victory for Bukele backers in the vote for 262 mayors and for El Salvador’s 20 representatives to the Central American Parliament.

Outgoing Parliamentary President Mario Ponce has warned against creeping “authoritarianism” ahead of the election, even as Bukele broke electoral rules in campaigning for his party beyond the cut-off date.

The influential Jose Simeon Canas Central American University said in an editorial that the elections were happening “in an atmosphere of tension and confrontation that could lead to violence and cast doubt on the results.”

And the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference of El Salvador denounced pre-election violence which saw two FMLN activists shot dead while campaigning in late January in the worst political attack in El Salvador in decades.

The attack came days after Bukele criticized the 1992 peace accords.

Preliminary results are expected late Sunday, but the official outcome may not be known for two weeks.

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Brisbane ends Fremantle’s 11-match AFLW winning run, Western Bulldogs too strong for Giants

Fremantle’s record 11-match AFLW winning streak is over following an upset loss to the Brisbane Lions.

The Dockers’ first goal of Saturday’s match did not come until deep in the final quarter, when Roxy Roux’s 45-metre set shot reduced the Lions’ lead to five points with 90 seconds remaining.

But the Lions powered the ball forward from the next centre bounce and Ally Anderson kicked the sealer to silence the 3,423-strong crowd at Fremantle Oval in the Indigenous-Round match.

The 3.7 (25) to 1.8 (14) defeat was the Dockers’ first loss since the 2019 preliminary final when they went down to Carlton.

The result saw Brisbane leapfrog Fremantle into top spot on the ladder.


Emily Bates starred for Brisbane with 26 possessions and three clearances, while Anderson was also important with 15 disposals and a goal.

Standout Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers overcame a quiet start to tally 24 disposals, five clearances and seven tackles, but the Dockers’ star-studded forward line failed to fire.

Just one goal was booted in the first half. Brisbane’s Courtney Hodder unleashed a spectacular banana kick from the pocket to send her teammates wild.

The Dockers dominated play during the second quarter, but their wayward kicking let the Lions off the hook time and again.

The home side went to half-time with 0.7 (7) to their name and a one-point deficit despite dominating the inside 50s count 17-10.

The tide turned in the third quarter as the Lions threatened to run away with the contest.

Orla O’Dwyer’s early goal got the ball rolling and the Lions thought they had another midway through the term, only for it to be deemed touched off the boot.

The Lions won the inside 50s count 14-4 for the term, and they entered the final change with a handy 12-point lead.

Roux’s late goal added a curve ball, but the Lions immediately replied to seal the win.

Bulldogs shape as premiership threat

Isabel Huntington kicked three goals for the Bulldogs in their win over the Giants.(AAP: Daniel Pockett, File Photo)

The Western Bulldogs recorded their fourth-straight victory after downing Greater Western Sydney by 25 points in a commanding display.

Led superbly by forwards Bonnie Toogood and Isabel Huntington, the Bulldogs were too classy for the Giants and ran out winners 7.5 (47) to 3.4 (22) at Whitten Oval.

It is the first time the Bulldogs have won four consecutive matches during an AFLW season.

Huntington, who was an All-Australian defender last season, booted three goals to take her to top of the league goal kicking list.

Toogood was just as impressive in snaring three majors, including a stunning goal-of-the-year contender during a match-winning second quarter.


The Bulldogs entered this season with a disappointing 3-10 win-loss record since their 2018 premiership win but have become one of the league’s in-form teams under coach Nathan Burke.

The day ended on a flat note for the home side, however, with Deanna Berry going down with a suspected anterior cruciate injury in the final quarter.

The Giants were best served by Rebecca Beeson and Alyce Parker, while recruit Katherine Smith played her first match since suffering a serious injury in December 2019 when at training for former club Melbourne.

Kangaroos score crucial win over Blues

North Melbourne injected some life into its finals chances with a 22-point win over Carlton in Launceston.

Staring down the barrel of three straight losses, the Kangaroos started and finished strongly and were good enough to overcome a mid-game fightback from the Blues.

The 9.5 (59) to 6.1 (37) result keeps North Melbourne in touch with the top six, while Carlton faces an uphill battle to make the finals.

Jasmine Garner was heavily involved for the Kangaroos and topped the disposal count with 32, while captain Emma Kearney picked up 28 touches.


In a typically slow start, the Blues conceded two goals in two minutes and were scoreless in the first quarter but clawed their way back to lead 18-14 at half-time on the back of a pair of goals from Darcy Vescio.

But North Melbourne lifted its game in the all-important third quarter, holding Carlton scoreless and putting on 15 points.

The Kangaroos ran away with the match in the final term, with forward Sophie Abbatangelo nabbing two majors and Daisy Bateman picking up her second of the match.

In her first appearance in two years, former All-Australian Jessica Duffin came through unscathed and registered 11 disposals and five marks on a positive evening for the Kangaroos.


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Huawei, controversial in the West, is going strong in the Gulf

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is enjoying an extended honeymoon with oil-rich Gulf nations, despite being criticised in the United States and Europe as a potential security threat.

Arab Gulf countries — strategic partners of Washington that are seeking to diversify their economies — are investing heavily in the sector as their appetite for technology grows.

Huawei has struggled in recent years in the face of US sanctions, as Washington claims Huawei has close ties to China‘s military and that Beijing could use its equipment for espionage — accusations the company denies.

Britain and Sweden have banned the use of Huawei equipment in their 5G networks, while France has also imposed restrictions.

Yet Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have not only chosen Huawei for their 5G rollouts, but have also partnered with the company to develop “smart cities.”

These feature enhanced digital services and security surveillance — a Huawei speciality Gulf states value highly for monitoring their populations.

Gulf countries’ “use of technologies for population surveillance is closer to the practices of China than those of Western countries,” said Camille Lons, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Concerns about Huawei voiced in the US and Europe “weren’t convincing” in the region, she told AFP.

Mitigating ‘political pressures’
While the telecoms giant has had a strong presence in the Gulf since the 1990s, its deals and big announcements there have multiplied in recent years.

In January, Saudi Arabia announced it would open the largest Huawei store outside China in Riyadh, a few months after a deal with the company on developing artificial intelligence to support public and private sector growth.

Last summer, Saudi investment firm Batic cemented a deal with Huawei to work on “smart city” projects in the kingdom, where it is already a main partner in the Yanbu Smart Industrial City project on the Red Sea.

Huawei has also developed apps and digital infrastructure to support Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina, Islam‘s two holiest sites.

“By gaining the trust of our partners in the Middle East, we have been able to mitigate external political pressures like those pursued by the US,” Charles Yang, Huawei’s Middle East chief, told AFP from the company’s headquarters in Dubai.

In the high-tech emirate, one of seven that make up the UAE, Huawei has launched projects ranging from data storage to online payment services for public transport networks.

Dubai-based Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, last year chose Huawei to build a centre to boost the company’s surveillance and security capabilities.

An Emirates spokesperson declined to elaborate on the precise nature of the technology, but said “such solutions are utilised… around the world primarily for public safety and security reasons”.

‘Risk’ for the US
China remains one of the Gulf’s leading trade partners.

UN figures show its 2019 trade with Saudi Arabia — the world’s largest exporter of crude oil — reached about $36.4 billion, while with the UAE it exceeded $50 billion.

“Digital infrastructure has become a key pillar of (Gulf states’) national transformation strategies,” Yang said.

Huawei said this month it hoped for a reset with Washington, after former US president Donald Trump targeted the firm as part of an intensifying China-US trade and technology standoff.

But Lons from the International Institute for Strategic Studies warned the apparent Huawei-Gulf honeymoon could cause security worries for the US.

She noted the presence of American military bases in the region, and that Gulf countries are “major buyers of US military equipment”.

There could be concerns about the “risk that sensitive US military information or technology is being spied on and transferred to China”, she said.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian praises state rollout but wants ‘very strong incentives’ for people to get COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has hailed Monday’s coronavirus vaccine rollout in New South Wales “a very exciting development in our fight against COVID”.

“It’s an opportunity for us to look forward to how life can change for the better into the future and I’m really going to encourage everybody to consider getting the vaccine,” Ms Berejiklian told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.

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Gladys Berejiklian said the vaccination rollout on Monday was a positive step forward in the state’s fight against COVID-19. (Peter Braig)

The first cohort of people to be vaccinated will receive the jab at one of the state’s three vaccine hubs at Westmead Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The premier and Prime Minister Scott Morrison are due to visit the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital today, ahead of the program’s rollout.

For the first three weeks, anyone who receives the vaccine will get the Pfizer jab and will need a second injection three weeks after their initial shot.

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Australia’s vaccine rollout is broken down into phases. (Graphic: Tara Blancato)

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said quarantine workers and frontline healthcare workers will be the first to receive the vaccine in NSW.

After previously flagging that some people in certain industries could be stopped from working if they refused to get the jab, such as those in hotel quarantine, Ms Berejiklian said “very strong incentives” should be on the cards.

“I’d like to see incentives offered for people who do get vaccinated, it might very well be that the airlines decide they don’t want to have anyone fly on an international holiday unless they are vaccinated.

“We don’t like to make things mandatory in NSW, but I think there should be very, very strong incentives for people to get the vaccine. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the best thing to do for everyone else, not just yourself but for your loved ones and the broader community.

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“At the end of the day, workplaces will have rights in relation to their employees depending on what type of workplace they are.”

NSW has recorded 32 consecutive days without community transmission of COVID-19.

Ms Berejiklian said she “can’t wait” to get the vaccine.

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“I’m really looking forward to it, it will just make me feel more confident, it still means you have to be COVID-safe…because until the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated, the threat of community spread is still there, it’s massive.”

The vaccine meant people were less likely to get seriously ill from the coronavirus if they happen to contract it, she said.

“You won’t end up in the ICU, hopefully, and it also means you might have less likely chance of passing it on to others and that’s really important.”

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Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast; no tsunami alert

A strong earthquake has hit off the coast of northeastern Japan, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and other areas

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said there were no irregularities at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which experienced meltdowns following a massive quake and tsunami 10 years ago.

There were no immediate reports of irregularities from other nuclear plants in the area, such as Onagawa or Fukushima Dai-ni, government spokesperson Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the quake, but electricity was gradually being restored, according to Kato.

Kato said there was no danger of a tsunami from the quake. He said that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped running, and that other damage was still being checked.

Video from public broadcaster NHK TV showed some pieces of a building wall had broken off and fallen to the ground, and pieces of glass were scattered at a store. Items fell off shelves because of the shaking, NHK said. NHK aerial footage showed a portion of a highway blocked by a landslide in Soma, a city in Fukushima prefecture.

The extent of damage from the landslide was not immediately clear, Kato said.

He said there were several reports of minor injuries from the quake, such as a man getting hit by a falling object.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was centered about 60 kilometers (37 miles) beneath the ocean.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga headed into his office immediately after reports of the quake, and a crisis center was set up there.

The shaking was felt in Tokyo, to the southwest.

The same northeastern area was slammed by a quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011. Experts warned of aftershocks over the next several days, including possibly larger quakes.

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Lamb marketing continues to push mutton aside on Australian plates, but mutton exports hold strong

Historically mutton was one of the staple diets of Australia but not anymore if you look at the amount processed in Australia and the amount that ends up on Aussie plates.

In 2020, the year of COVID-19, 97 per cent of mutton processed in the country left for overseas markets, meaning there was only 3 per cent left for Australian palates.

Of course, there are farms across the country which regularly serve up mutton on the dinner table, but it’s a secret meal for the rest of Australia.

Lamb meat is from sheep that are less than one year old, giving it a mild flavour. Mutton is from sheep that are older than one year, but usually around three years old. Mutton is dark red in colour and is fattier than lamb.

‘A great option’

Meat and Livestock Australia analyst Alex Dalzell grew up on a farm in the Canterbury area of New Zealand where mutton was a regular meal for the family.

“I quite enjoyed eating mutton, and you really do get a taste for the Sunday roast, and cooking mutton was ingrained into our culture,” Mr Dalzell said

“China takes 40 per cent of Australian mutton, while the United States, Singapore and Malaysia are all good markets for our mutton,” Mr Dalzell said.

Mutton quality not recognised

Dry aged mutton frying in a pan at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne(ABC Regional: Marty McCarthy)

Sydney butcher Grant Hilliard said it was a recent phenomenon to see mutton take a back seat to lamb as a few years back it was always mutton or hogget on the table.

He said his shop sold mutton when it was available and was one of a few butcher shops that did, but the high prices of recent years had stopped the sale of mutton.

“If the market doesn’t value that product, there’s not much incentive for farmers to grow their lambs on to older ages to produce mutton or hogget.” Mr Hilliard said.

“The export figures clearly show mutton is a highly sought-after commodity in many countries, and older Australians hanker after the meat which they find extremely hard to get.”

“If you want something for slow cooking, the forequarter of mutton is going to be far superior to lamb as it will hold its flavour and shape much better,” Mr Hilliard said.

The lamb advertisement this year was a play-on bringing the states back together by sharing a lamb chop on the barbecue after a year of various state lockdowns.

Meat and Livestock Australia is behind the lamb campaign, but there is very little push to consumers to try the aged cuts of meat like mutton and hogget.

“Consumers can change the way things are marketed, and a classic example is the way the free-range egg market became important, especially in supermarkets,” Mr Hilliard said.

“Restaurants also have a role to play in shaping demand and seeing what’s desirable, but the young upcoming chefs have grown up not being exposed to mutton.”

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Sheep farmer Doug Dickenson says prices for mutton are still good.(ABC News)

Mutton producers get good prices

Veteran Tasmanian sheep farmer Doug Dickinson said when he was jackarooing in the outback in the 1950s, mutton was always on the menu.

“I still think the best meal I’ve ever had was old merino sheep which was fattened on a paddock of new oats, and the meat just fell off the bone,” Mr Dickinson said.

Huge yardings, high prices and strong demand for mutton.
Saleyards across the country are being flooded with older sheep, but the silver lining to the sell-off is there’s plenty of money in mutton.(ABC Rural: Cara Jeffery)

The ironic aspect of the battle between lamb and mutton is that the sheep meat was selling for almost the same price as lamb in November 2020.

Producers are still getting good prices for mutton at the livestock markets compared to years gone by, and the demand from overseas is still very strong.

“I think people could embrace mutton, but it will need a big marketing campaign to do it, and some very high-quality mutton to come forward,” Mr Dickinson said.

Sheep farmers are not too concerned as they are getting good prices for the older sheep, and the export market is taking almost as much as Australia can process.

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Curriculum strong on Indigenous heritage but weak on Western tradition: paper

The national curriculum, implemented in 2015, is to be reviewed periodically. The first of those reviews is under way, and Dr Mueller said it was an opportunity to recast civics and citizenship as the guiding theme that unified all the different subjects and made it “truly, distinctively Australian”.

At present, the curriculum has three cross-curriculum priorities, which are woven into all subjects; Indigenous histories and culture, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability.

But Dr Mueller said civics and citizenship were tucked into social sciences rather than being a “major integrating theme”.

“We get it really right in terms of understanding how important culture and tradition are for Indigenous people. It’s acknowledged, it’s supported and it’s a fundamental aspect of the curriculum,” she said. “We do nothing even remotely like that for the Western tradition, which is at the heart of this nation’s culture and tradition.

“It becomes very problematic when we say that education should give Australian children a sense of belonging and purpose. How do you do that if you don’t actually celebrate the fundamental origins and traditions of the country?”

A national civics and citizenship test, run by ACARA in 2019, found fewer than half of year 10 students had a thorough understanding of Australia’s democratic processes, legal system and national values.

Dr Mueller cited Singapore’s explicit focus on “loving Singapore” alongside literacy and numeracy in its primary curriculum, and on developing concerned citizens who are “rooted in Singapore” in its secondary one, as an example of a nationally focused curriculum.

She said Australian values were “the ones that are accepted and promoted by the Australian government, by Australian education documents; they are the values we purport to believe. The rule of law, justice, equality, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, all the things we claim to believe are at the heart of our society.”

ACARA chief David de Carvalho said the curriculum was uniquely Australian, and the review was looking to strengthen its nation-building potential.

The 2012 document that underpinned the development of the curriculum “explicitly refers to the importance of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and democratic traditions and values that are part of the heritage of Western civilisation,” he said.

Mr de Carvalho said democracy was not just something to be learnt at school. “We also need to be having respectful and rational conversations on public affairs outside the classroom,” he said.

“Politicians and parents, not just teachers, need to model this for our children and young people.”

Phil Lambert, a former general manager of ACARA, said the curriculum already had a subject called civics and citizenship, and taught students about the structure of Australian government.

“The thing to remember is that it’s an Australian curriculum, and for different parts of the country there’s local history and local structures of government,” he said.

“It’s written so that you can get a perspective on the general structure of Australian government, but also that enables each of the states, the teachers, to provide the state perspective on that.

“Schools celebrate what is important about Australia, about our land, about our people, about our history, both Indigenous and contemporary. When … they’re looking to reduce curriculum, why would you add to what is already fundamentally there?”

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Mamba makes strong ASX debut

Metals-focussed Mamba Exploration has had a strong start to trading, with its share price closing up 52 per cent ahead of a planned exploration program in Western Australia.

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Fed’s Bullard sees ‘very strong’ U.S. economic growth as pandemic eases in 2021

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February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic should ease over the first half of the year and give way to “very strong” U.S. economic growth during 2021, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Wednesday.

“The health crisis will wane in the months ahead” as more people are vaccinated, Bullard said. As it does, families will be able to tap an “exceptionally high” level of savings and financial resources in hand after a year in which government programs pumped trillions of dollars into the economy.

“Monetary and fiscal policies have been especially aggressive, and the associated macroeconomic outcomes have been considerably better than expected,” Bullard said in remarks prepared for delivery at the CFA Society of St. Louis.

About 10% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the two-shot coronavirus vaccine. The number of daily new infections has been dropping rapidly, though deaths remain stubbornly high.

Bullard’s bullish outlook suggests the U.S. unemployment rate could fall from the current 6.7% to as low as 4.8% “in the months ahead.” That is higher than the 3.5% seen before the pandemic, but less, Bullard noted, than the median of 5.6% in the period after World War II.

It also puts labor market recovery years ahead of its long climb back after the 2007-2009 recession.

Bullard did not condition his estimates on any further government spending. Congress is currently debating a $1.9 trillion relief proposal from the Biden administration, which some argue could speed hiring even further.

The United States remains about 9 million jobs short of where it was a year ago, and millions have simply left the job market altogether, a group not counted in the unemployment rate.

(Reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Paul Simao)

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Goulburn district property ‘Merilla’ scores strong results | Goulburn Post

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Reiland carcase genetics are paying dividends for Coolong Pastoral with grass-fed heavy grown Reiland blood steers bringing an average of $2560 over the hooks. Ken Cobban manages Coolong Pastoral’s holding, Merrilla at Goulburn, and runs a breeding herd of 100 Reiland blood cows, while 400 Reiland blood cows are run at the company’s property, Toronga Station, at Hay. A draft of two-year-old steers was sold over-the-hooks off Merrilla recently to Wingham Beef Exports. ALSO READ: Weekend forecast: Rain expected to continue into next week The steers averaged 730kg liveweight, had an average carcase weight of 380kg and returned 673c/kg CW. On the carcase feedback, 65 per cent had an average fat depth of 17mm, and 27 per cent a marble score of five. With years of experience in the international and domestic dairy industry under his belt, Mr Cobban classes the females on temperament, calving ease, fertility, milk and ability to rear a live calf to weaning. He also focuses on matching the high performance beef genetics with high performance pastures. Heifers are joined at a critical mating weight of 320kg liveweight for a concentrated seven-week calving pattern while cows are over nine weeks. ALSO READ: Microsoft buys carbon credits from Aussie cattle operation The August-September 2019 drop heifers averaged 280kg liveweight at yard weaning in February, 2020. “Back in February when the dry weather broke and we got good follow up rains I had spring drop steers here putting on 1.8kg a day on phalaris, ryegrass and clover pastures,” Mr Cobban said. Merrilla sits in a 700mm rainfall zone and comprises granitic soils to alluvial river flats. Mr Cobban said the Coolong Pastoral team was happy with the customer service from Reiland. He has been impressed with the soundness and longevity of the Reiland bulls. When buying bulls, Coolong Pastoral aims for those in the top 20 per cent of BREEDPLAN EBVs in the Reiland catalogue. “The bulls are always in real good nick and are easy to handle,” Mr Cobban said. ALSO READ: 20-year-old man convicted for possession of a knife in a public place “They are selected for moderate birth weight and I’ve hardly pulled a calf since I got here five years ago. “We aim for quality – you may pay a bit more for a bull but at the end of the day you get it all back. “The Reiland blood cattle are easy to manage and go forward. “When I weaned the spring drop calves in February (2020) the steer calves averaged 312kg and the heifers 280kg. “To be that weight in the drought conditions we had was really good.” Depending on the market, steers and surplus heifers can be sold to feedlots or to the heavy grass fed markets. ALSO READ: Virtual glimpse at new trains leaves group with more questions Mr Cobban paid tribute to Coolong Pastoral owner, Anthony Crichton-Brown, who passed away in January in the UK due to COVID-19 complications. “He loved his cattle and had been using the Reiland bulls for about 25 years. “He was well up to speed with the genetics and the type of cattle he liked.” We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.


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