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Billy the lamb in QueanbeyanPhotos

Billy the lamb in Queanbeyan | Photos Ilia Papadopoulos with Billy the lamb. Photos: Kim Pham.
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Oliver Morgan goes eye to eye with Billy.

Children crowd around director Janine White and Billy the lamb.

James Howatson gets a closer look at Billy.

James Howatson couldn’t resist giving Billy a peck.

Lara Lovelock gives Billy a pat.

Dwayne Brennan.

Tristan Stewart gives Billy some love.

Tristan Stewart is one happy kid after giving Billy a pat.

Ilia Papadopoulos discovers Billy’s soft fur.

Abigail Ferguson.

Hannah Sadlier, director Janine White, Millie Boutzos and Oliver Morgan with Billy.

Millie Boutzos is just delighted to meet Billy.

Abigail Ferguson cuddles Billy.

Abigail Ferguson with Billy.

Hannah Sadlier gives Billy a pat.

Hannah Sadlier gives Billy a pat.

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a2 Milk mulls ASX float

The board of dairy group a2 Milk is “seriously contemplating” a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange as it prepares to break into the US market.
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Managing director Geoff Babidge said a float on the ASX could happen as early as next year as the company steams ahead with its international expansion, which will include processing milk in the US in the next 12 months.

The company has been listed in New Zealand since 2004 but its Australian sales have spurred its growth.

“Clearly as this business continues to grow strongly there continues to be interest in the potential dual listing,” said Mr Babidge, adding that he could have an update for shareholders by the company’s annual meeting in November.

“It is an agenda item that the board is more seriously contemplating because of the interest by consumers, the interest by institutions and the importance of the business base that is the market at this point in time.”

A2 Milk now accounts for about 9 per cent of Australia’s fresh milk market by value, after its fresh milk sales surged by 24 per cent in the year to June 30.

This was despite competition from bigger rival Lion, which rebranded its Pura milk products in July, saying it “naturally contains” the A2 protein.

Regular cows milk contains a blend of the A1 and A2 beta casein proteins. But a2 Milk is the only company that processes milk exclusively containing the A2 protein, which many people say is easier to digest than regular milk.

Pura’s milk still contains a significant amount of A1, with A2 accounting for 50-70 per cent of its beta casein protein content.

Regardless, Mr Babidge welcomed the competition.

“In some respects being aided by the increased focus of protein in milk.”

A2 says it will externally fund its expansion into the US, which is expected to cost $NZ20 million ($17.94 million) over a three year period.

Mr Babidge said the company would progressively introduce its product, state by state. He declined to say which area of the US it would launch.

The expansion comes after the a2’s full-year net profit slid more than 99 per cent to $NZ10,000.

Mr Babidge said a strengthening of the New Zealand dollar wiped about $14 million in revenue and $2.7 million of its earnings before interest and taxes.

“That’s if we had the exchange rate of a year ago being applied. So the Australian dollar earnings were extremely strong but they were impacted by the movement in forex.”

Modest sales in Britain and China also slowed momentum.

A2’s infant formula contractor Synlait missed out on the first round of new regulatory approvals from Beijing in May. It has since gained permission and a2 is eager to grow Chinese sales.

Mr Babidge said the company launched a fresh milk trial of about 10,000 litres, which was flown to China earlier this month.

But he said UHT products, which are cheaper to transport, “as potentially a larger revenue opportunity in the medium-term”.

“But we are happy to participate with quality people … to supply fresh milk into China”.

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Fathers Day raffle on at the Museum

The Ngarru Mayin Elders are holding a Father’s Day Raffle in anticipation of the special celebration next weekend.
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All proceeds go directly to the Narromine Historical Museum.

The tickets are available from the Museum and Museum Committee Members.

Tickets will sell one for $2 and three for $5.

“Whatever funding received goes back into the museum,” Ngarru Mayin Elder, Ruth Carney said.

The museum volunteers are thankful for the donations so far.

“We have been able to get new displays due to previous funding,” Mrs Carney said.

“Come and check it out.

The lucky winner of the Father’s Day raffle will receive prizes donated by the Narromine Fruit Shop, Treseders, USMC Restaurant and Duffs’ Butchers.

The Museum can be found on Burraway Street next to the Visitor Information Centre.

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Narromine couple take out championship beverage at Hobart Fine Food Awards.

Narromine couple Midnight and Dawn Brydon have won championship beverage at the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards.
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The couple’s lemon cordial was the most delicious beverage on the day with the judges awarding 100 points to the local small business.

Mrs Brydon with her award and the famous cordial.

Mrs Brydon said she’s had great luck in the fine foods festivals.

“I didn’t think anything was outstanding enough for gold this year, just goes to show I’ve been doing these shows all these years and I don’t know,” she said.

The Midnight Downs Lemon Cordial was judged in it’s class, Cordial with Added Sugar and received a gold medal.

The beverage is blind judged and has to get between 95 and 100 points to be awarded gold.

From there it was judged in the overall beverages which includes cordial without sugar, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

“There were 23 gold medals over all the classes and it’s who has the highest points,” Mrs Brydon said.

The lemon cordial wasn’t the only gold medal the Brydons received at the festival.

“We had four entries and we got three golds and one bronze,” Mrs Brydon said.

“Gold for the lemon cordial, lemon butter, poppy seed dressing and the liquid golf spiced vinegar got a bronze.”

“It was quite a buzz.”

Winning the Hobart Fine Food Festival is no easy feat, Mrs Brydon said.

“It’s nation wide fine foods, even Coles enters. it’s the toughest judging in the country.

“In Sydney Royal Fine Foods Festival you need 74 points to get a bronze, you need an extra 10 points to get bronze in the Hobart Fine Foods Festivals,” she said.

Mrs Brydon said there is no trick or secret to her cordial recipe.

“It’s probably that they’re done in smaller batches. Biggest batch I’ve done is 12 bottles,” she said.

“It’s based on my maternal grandma’s recipe. It’s a mixed taste cordial put a little bit in a glass and put in some water and mix it your taste.

“My grandma always said have it as thick or thin as you like.”

The Brydons also make a point of using local and fresh produce.

“They’re home grown lemons or people give me lemons,” she said.

“Things I can’t grow myself I buy from other growers, it probably helps the fruit hasn’t been all around the world.”

The Midnight Downs produce is available for anyone to buy.

“We sell at the Dubbo Farmers Markets and Orange Farmers Market.

“You can also mail order, ring me or send me an email,” Mrs Brydon said.

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Ladies Golf Report

Saturday August, 23, a warm sunny afternoon saw a large field of 21 players contest Western Districts Ladies Golf Association Stableford event.
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Division one winner Judy Barlow 38 points (Judy looked surprised! She did play off the lowest handicap in the field!).

Division two winner Gail White 39nett winning on a count back from Marj Kelly who also had a very good round of 39 points and winning first opp ball.

Division three winner Elaine Ashdown 34 points. Second opp ball went to Carole King 38 pts, third opp ball Heather Bootle 37 pts.

Fourth and final opp ball went to Leonie Crawford 37 pts.

Nearest pin ninth Joy Whiteman (who had a much happier day at golf!) 17th was the very capable Tracy McIntyre.

Raffle was kindly donated by Wendy Jeffery and won by Carole King having a good winning day!

Wednesday August, 27 saw a huge field of 60 players attend Narromine Ladies Open Tournament.

Division one, 18-hole Scratch winner of ReallyM. Woolfe Cup, Trophy donated by Horti Ladies Garden Design and Consultations Denise Haesler 84 sch Wellington.

Runner-up 18 hole sch Margaret Townsend 85 Gilgandra. Winner 18-hole Handicap R C Jeffery Cup, Trophy donated by Tony and Wendy Jeffery, Leslie Walsh 68nett Dubbo.

Runner-up 18-hole Handicap, Trophy donated by Neville Owen Pty Ltd, Janet Ruskin Rowe 69 nett Warren winning on a count back from Sue Drum Dubbo and Tracy McIntyre Narromine both 69 nett.

Winner 18-hole Stableford Trophy donated by Orana Mutual Sue Drum 38 pts Dubbo, winning on a count back from Runner-up Trophy donated by Leonie Crawford Margaret Nicholson 38pts Dubbo.

Winner nine-hole Scratch, Trophy donated by Orana Mutual Margaret Kentwell 41 sch Warren.

Runner up nine-hole Sch. Trophy donated by Narromine Lady Golfers won by Pam Ferrari 42 sch rangie.

Winner nine-hole Handicap Trophy donated by Neville Owen Pty Ltd Terese Haley 34 and a half nett Narromine. Runner Up trophy donated by Lady Golfers, won by Tracy McIntyre 35 nett Narromine. Division 2, Winner 18 Hole Scratch Sybil Perry Salver, Trophy donated by Horti Ladies, G Harvey 92 sch Gilgandra. Runner-up Trophy 18-Hole Scratch donated by Orana Mutual won by Pam Dawson 94 sch Dubbo.

Winner 18-Hole Handicap Associates Cup Trophy donated by Neville Owens won by Nolene Doney 65 nett Tottenham.

Runner-up trophy donated by Neville Owen won by Margaret Harris 67 nett Gilgandra.

Winner 18-hole Stableford Trophy donated by Orana Mutual won by Robbie Lew 38pts winning on a count back from Runner-up trophy donated by Leonie Crawford won by Ruth Lay 38 pts Wellington also winning on a count back from Jean Frappell 38 pts Wellington.

Winner nine-hole Scratch trophy donated by Orana Mutual, Cheryl Royal 46 sch Wellington. Runner up 9-hole Sch trophy donated by Lady Golfers won by Betty Browning 47sch Narromine winning on a count back from Paula McAnally 47sch Trangie. Winner 9 hole handicap trophy donated by Neville Owen Maida O’Mally 34 and a half nett Narromine. Runner-up trophy donated by Lady Golfers won by Jean Frappell 35 nett winning on a count back from Paula McAnally 35 nett.

Winner Best Handicap score handicap 37 to 45 Trophy donated by Joan Collins won by Jeanette O’Brien. Jeanette also won straightest drive 31 to 45 Handicap Narromine.

Winner nearest Pin Handicap zero to 23 Janet Ruskin Rowe Warren.

Winner nearest Pin 24 to 30 Handicap Pat Mitchell Narromine.

Winner nearest Pin 31 to 45 Ronnie Lew Dubbo.

Winner straightest Drive handicap zero to 23 Sue Drum Dubbo.

Winner straightest Drive handicap 24 to 30 Bernadette Reynolds Wellington.

Tomorrow Saturday August 30, (Show Day) Stableford event mixed draw Club Trophy.

Wednesday September 3, W.G.N.S.W. medal sixth round plus putting competition Bev Woods Trophy.

Thought for the week:-When watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look!

Granny Golfing Guru

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