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Wet weather won’t blunt show spirit

The Mik Maks will perform at the 2016 Horsham Show.HORSHAM Show organisers have implemented a wet weather contingency plan.
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As floodwaters cover large parts of theWimmera, show secretary Andrea Cross said theevent would not be impacted by the recent inclement weather.

“It’s never been this wet in the lead up to the show before,” Mrs Cross said.

“But we’ve done it in the wet weather quite a few times before. The weather has actually made some decisions for us and we’ve been able to implement our wet weather plan before the day has arrived.

“I’m excited by what it is going to look like and I think it might turn out even better than our original plans.”

Mrs Cross said the recent Forbes Show in New South Wales was a good example of how an event could be run successfully despitewet weather.

“They went through the same band of rain we had,”she said.

“The community support they had was unreal. We hope the Horsham community will provide similar levels of support to us.”

Among the contingency plans to be implemented for the show is the relocation of the beer bus and community garden to the eastern side of the showground between the office and shearing shed.

Mrs Cross said the cancellation of the quick shear because of flooding would allow organisers to stage live entertainment in the shed.

“Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel the quick shear because of the flooding,” she said.

“The merinos are on high ground, but the cross-breeds we use in the quick shear are in some difficult to access areas.

“It will allow us to have live entertainment from the Mik Maks once the sheep are cleared out. The seating and stage will already be set up.

“We’ve also got a fashion parade planned, sponsored by Crossroads and there’s the Spotlight stockman’s licensed lounge as well.”

The first 200 children through the gate will receive a passport bag as part of the Yellow Brick Road experience.

“Children will have to follow the road to several points around the showground where they can collect their gifts,” Mrs Cross said.

The Horsham Show is on Sunday, September 25.

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How manywordscan you think of that have been banned by a newspaper?
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How about joyride?

In 1993London’s Daily Mirror announced that it had banned joyride from its columns.

Okay, I know that a newspaper such as the Daily Mirror banning such awordis a bit hard to understand. It’s a bit like the old Truth banning theworddivorce.

If you’re too young to remember Truth,mymemory tells me, made its living from news of divorces and horse races, as well as anything sensational, but then some people might dispute that.

“Snedden died on the job” was one of its headings. If you don’t know what that meant, don’t ask me.

Truth eventually died a lonely death and I can still hear the cheering.

But back to joyride.

Thewordjoyride, according to most dictionaries, describes a ride taken in a car. But thewordthese days represents a ride taken illegally.

In other words: Once it was about having a good time, these days joyride represents a ride taken illegally.

In otherwords, while you were at home reading the paper, somebody was taking your car for a ride without your knowledge.

In 1993 the Daily Mirror had had enough.

It announced: “This is the last time thewordjoyride will appear in the Daily Mirror”.

I don’t know if succeeding journalists at the Daily Mirror have had a change of heart.

They might have deliberately forgotten about the ban, because I could imagine thewordwas a key element in the Mirror’s coverage.

Thewordnow means almost the exact opposite to the original meaning.

Originally the meaning was simply a pleasant ride in a motor car, or even an aeroplane.

Very soon, however, it developed connotations of not having the approval of the vehicle’s owner.

In 1908 the diary of WS Blunt said joyriders wereLondonfolk concerned with nothing but their own pleasure.

Then a few years later London City Council passed a law that prevented city officers from taking joyrides. I don’t know what that meant, either.

In 1910 the National Police Gazette said there was not much fun in taking a joyride in a taxi. That should not be taken as a reflection on local taxi drivers, but thewordrepresented taking a risk or doing something that was frowned upon.

In 1973 the Scottish Sunday Express said a man who drove two cars for a joyride — I presume one at a time – was fined 75 pounds.

Thewordquickly spread toAustralia, but retained its meaning of taking a ride without the owner’s permission.

Obviously, it comes from thewordjoy.

Thiswordhas a much longer history. The first use, in writing, that I could find came in 1225 meaning gladness or delight or, in thewordsofmybig dictionary, bliss.

Mybig dictionary says joy can also be used as a term of endearment for a sweetheart.

Shakespeare found a use for theword. But then if he couldn’t find awordto convey what he wanted to say, he simply made it up.

THE DOMESTIC beef market is proving the backbone of the game at the moment, holding its value despite price-driven declining consumptionand stiff competition from alternative proteins.
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Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) estimates released this week has domestic expenditure on beef holding steady for 2015-16 at $7.83 billion, despite Australians actually consuming around three kilograms less per capita on previous year figures.

Australians ate around 25.4kg of beef per person in the last financial year, according to Food and Agriculture Organisation data, which still places us as the sixth largest consumer in the world.

MLA managing director Richard Norton said the stability in value was a sign that despite record high retail prices, there was a desire among consumers to continue to put beef on their plates.

Consumers consistently rated price as the most important factor when buying beef, he said.

“Clearly, the rising price of beef has presented a challenge to the household budget – it was always going to have an effect,” he said.

“However, it’s a positive sign that while consumers might be buying a little less beef right now, they are prepared to pay a little more to keep it on the menu.”

Global price signals indicated there may be some easing in domestic beef prices in the near future but currency rates would be key, Mr Norton said.

Ten years ago Australians’ consumption of beef was 38.1kg and in the the late 1970s, it peaked at 70.3kg.

The decline, however, is in line with similar trends in other western countries in response to the relative costs of alternative proteins.

Mr Norton said demographics today were dramatically different to what they were 40 years ago.

Underpinning MLA’s strategy to address declining consumption was investment in consumer insights research that was larger than it had ever before been, he said.

Targeted, sophisticated marketing was critical, he said, and young males was one area that MLA was currently focussed on.

“This is a market that has traditionally evolved into our most loyal consumers, but is today being swamped with conflicting messages, ” he said.

“We’ve looked to use their medium, and their talk, to promote red meat’s role in dietary guidelines.”

Another positive sign was beef’s rating among consumers as the highest offering for consistent quality, Mr Norton said.

Independent data from Millward Brown showed 54 per cent of consumers perceived beef to be of a consistent quality standard, compared to 50pc for chicken and 39pc for pork.

Animal protein analyst with agribusiness specialist Rabobank Matthew Costello said the average quarterly Australian beef retail price had risen by 23pc between 2013 and June this year, compared with a 5pc drop in poultry.

High cattle prices were challenging the purchasing decisions of consumers, he said.

“The US, where beef cattle prices have fallen by 42pc from their late-2014 peak, provides an interesting case study in this regard, highlighting the push-back from domestic consumers in response to high beef prices,” he said.

“While we don’t believe the Australian industry will show the same outlook as that of the US – in terms of the speed and degree in which farmgate prices declined – it does highlight how quickly unsustainable pricing can place pressure right along the supply chain.”

Fast FactsTHE strong performance of the beef’s value on the domestic markets was one of the highlights of Meat and Livestock Australia’s latest snapshot of key industry statistics.

It’s Australian Beef Industry Fast Facts 2016, released this week, shows our national herd currently sits at 27.4 million head, which includes 2.8m dairy cattle.

Queensland accounts for 11.3m head.

The cattle industry involves 58pc of all farms with agricultural activity.

Australia now has approximately 3pc of the world cattle and buffalo inventory, with India, Brazil and China taking the top three places.

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Serena’s love of Chinese

FINALIST: Born and raised in Australia, Redlands College grade 12 student Serena Yim has a passion for learning Chinese.REDLANDS Collegestudent Serena Yim is a finalist in a national competition that aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages.
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Serena, of Birkdale, was one of about 20,000 students aged between four and 18 who entered the inauguralSBS National Languages Competition.

The students were asked to respond to the question, “What does learning another language mean to you?”.

Serena was one of eight finalists in the category for students aged between 13 and 18 years.

A Cantonesestudent at the Sacred Heart Chinese School in Mansfield, the 16-year-old started to learn Mandarin when she was five years old.

She said learning languages enabled her to betterunderstand her culture.

While her parents were marriedin Australia, her grandparents travel between here and China and Serena communicates in Chinese with her extended family.

“I am really blessed to be able to express myself in fluent Chinese when I go and visit,” she said.

Appreciative of her family’s support in pursuing Chinese lessons, Serena said it took a lot of dedication and persistence, but she intended to continuing learning.

The languages competition was run by SBS in partnership with Community Languages Australia (CLA), an umbrella body for more than 1000 community language schools.

CLA’s executive director Stefan Romaniw said the initiative encouraged students, parents and the community to focus on the importance of learning a language.

“Community language schools are one of the many tools used to consolidate Australia’s identity as a truly multicultural society,” he said.

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City’s flood fears ease

Fears of another major Wagga flood are unlikely to come to pass, according to authorities.
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CONCERNS: Rainfall across the district is nowhere near as bad as it was in 2012 according to authorities, easing fears of major flooding in Wagga.

Bureau of Meteorology hydrologistHugh Bruisthas put the recent rainfall into perspective for those fearing a repeat of 2012.

“In2012 Wagga had two bursts of rain, the first was 129mm in three days and then another of burst of rain amounting to about 78mm a few days later,” Mr Bruist said.

“The best part of 210mm fell across Wagga, whereas the city has seen81mmover the past couple of weeks, nothing like it had in 2012.”

Mr Bruist said there was more rain coming on the weekend and another flood watch would be issued with school holidays starting soon.

“We’re expecting a bit more rain over the weekend,” he said.

“But we’re certainly not looking at the kind of rainfall we saw in 2012.

“It’s been a while since the last big jump a week ago, that system is moving through so we won’t see the same situation we had (in 2012).”

North Wagga residents had been particularly concerned after pumps were put into stormwater drains and Island Road was blocked off earlier in the week.

Some had started preparing for floods and at least one had even moved out of their own volition, but a State Emergency Servicemeeting at North Wagga Community Hall on Friday night eased fears.

Wagga council’s acting general manager Robert Knighthas explained what’s happening around the city.

“Council monitors 46 flood gates in the Wagga Wagga levee system, these gates areclosed to stop river water flooding back into urban areas and are also discharge points for internal stormwater from the city,” he said.

“When flood gates are closed due to river flooding, temporary pumps need to be set up in strategic locations to pump internal stormwater out of the urban area and into the river.

“The current flood event has required set-up and monitoring of 13 temporary pumps.”

A flood meeting for Gumly residents has been scheduled by the SES forEast Wagga Kooringal Football Clubroom on Tuesday night at 6.30pm.

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