FROM THE CORNER with Richard Walker

With the current situation limiting many things we do with our business at Nutrien Ag, our Annual Trade Day will not be held as we normally do. However, we will be having TRADE WEEK, which will start on Monday 8th June and conclude on Friday 12 June.

This will be done online and in print, with all the companies’ specials advertised. Many of the companies will also have product info and downloads of their products. Giveaways will still occur and a special draw with one client winning a dinner and accommodation at Bannisters Restaurant at Mollymook for two people.

Over the next few weeks, our company will have new signage supplied, the merchandise area will be Nutrien Ag Solutions and the Real Estate Property Management will be Nutrien Harcourts. This association with Harcourts is very exciting for us, as Harcourts are the fastest growing real estate service in Australia. The new brand is described as a coming together of Nutrien Ag innovations and global backing with the specialist real estate expertise of Harcourts.   The current franchise of still owned by Richard and Kylie Walker, even though the name is changing. Any questions contact Richard 0428 389 425



The NSW Government has committed $209 million to help bushfire-affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands.

Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences.

Note that for the purposes of this grant, public lands includes:

  • National parks
  • Forestry Corporation land
  • Traveling stock reserves
  • Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases
  • Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.

Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands.


We have dedicated Boundary Fence Coordinators ready to work with private landholders to identify their needs and ensure the funds flow as soon as possible.

To apply for the grant simply complete a form on the website below or call the team on 1300 778 080.


Insect pests to look out for:

AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey

With the excellent autumn rainfall comes the insect pests as well. The usual establishment pests, such as red legged earthmite & blue oat mite, have certainly hatched and are in large numbers following the extended dry conditions. So, these need to be controlled, particularly in newly sown pastures and crops.

Added to these usual insect pests is a slightly unusual insect pest this season known as Mandalotus weevil. This small insect pest is difficult to detect: it is more active at night, dull brown in colour, 3-5mm long & similar in appearance to a small speck of dirt! So, unless you know what you’re looking for, this weevil is a real challenge to find. Despite its size, it can cause significant damage to newly emerging crops, ryegrass & pastures as the adults emerge in early autumn. Plants are chewed off just as emerging, or can show ragged, torn edges where damage to leaves has occurred during feeding. The end result is large, bare patches & poor establishment.  Control with higher rates of Bifenthrin (Talstar) offers the best method of control against Mandalotus weevil, but for correct ID, contact Nutrien ag solutions at Braidwood or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey, for further information.



Waratah Rewards are back again for another year with new features and more rewards to redeem – get in quick to purchase your Waratah fencing products across May & June.

When your customers spend a minimum of $5,000 (inc. GST) on Waratah fencing products they earn a minimum 125 points which they can then redeem for rewards/gifts of their choice!

Simply buy Waratah fencing products with a minimum spend of $5,000 (inc. GST). Earn 25 points for every $1,000 spent. The end user can then redeem any prize they would like from a wide range of prizes including BBQ’s, drones, gift cards and camping gear.

A wide range of Waratah products will be included again this year & it’s no longer just Jio posts and Longlife Blue wire. We have included our accessory range, strainers, Gripples, exclusion fencing and Blue Latch Posts (Some products excluded. Terms and conditions apply.)



REAL ESTATE with Reg O’Connell

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the pandemic that is affecting all Australians has not dramatically affected our local real estate market. House prices in a lot of regional towns are poised to keep growing as city dwellers are prompted to consider a lifestyle change.

Interestingly, mining towns have also recorded strong house price rises, with the resources industry considered an ‘essential service’. According to media reports it’s a stark contrast to the outlook for capital city real estate prices, which are widely expected to fall, as thousands of workers unfortunately lose jobs during the economic hibernation. This time has allowed buyers to take a pause in their lives and consider what is important and are now looking at affordability and lifestyle even more than before and it seems that ‘tree change’ is high on their agenda. Particularly now, with a decentralisation of the workforce coming into focus as businesses realise that many staff members are able to work from home, cutting office costs. Locally, we were already seeing this shift of people from capitals to regional areas, as our cities become overpriced and unaffordable.

As has been the case for some time now, houses in town are in demand, as well as small acreages with or without a dwelling. We have just sold three more houses in town and are constantly receiving enquiries from buyers looking to purchase real estate.

If you are considering selling we are always happy to provide advice, without any obligation. Phone or call into our office and myself or one of the team will be pleased to assist.

Reg O’Connell: 0402 833 344 Ph: 02 4842 2707



FROM THE CORNER with Richard Walker

The start of 2020 is probably the most challenging circumstances that many will encounter in primary production. Drought, fire, flood and not a pandemic to top it off.

The staff at Nutrien Ag, as we are now called, have stepped up and deliver under challenging times over the last 4 months and will continue to do so in these trying times.  The following is a statement from Nutrien which we will fully endorse as a franchise and have implemented all of the following procedures to make our staff and customers as safe as possible.

Trade Day, which is an important date for our customers and suppliers will occur, however in a digital platform. We are currently working with our suppliers to develop an online sales day. We will keep you up to date with progress.

Supplies are tight on certain items such as fencing and some chemicals. This is due to demand, not Covid-19. Chemical supplies will improve in April.

Hopefully the rain continues in April and we can go into the winter months with a body of feed. Some of the cereal and ryegrass crops have started slowly and urea is now being applied to give that extra growth before winter. Talk to Roger or Richard for an onfarm recommendation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ring our office.


Focused on our customers DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

You grow the food that feeds the world and Nutrien Ag Solutions is proud to be your partner in that important work. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we’re committed to keeping you and our employees safe while minimising disruption of the flow of products and services.

That’s why we’re taking several actions:

  1. We are working with all our suppliers to ensure timely supply of all products.
  2. We’re leaning on our digital tools and are ready and willing to take your orders via phone, text or email.
  3. We’ve increased cleaning and disinfection.
  4. We’re limiting access to our facilities – only branch personnel and customers are allowed on the premises.
  5. We’re instructing our employees to follow Government guidelines about social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This includes frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes and greeting or thanking customers verbally instead of shaking hands.
  6. At this stage livestock and wool sales continue under strict protocols to minimise attendance and maximise social distancing.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary, with your safety and success as our top priority.

Agriculture is an essential service. At this time, we don’t anticipate supply disruptions as a result of the coronavirus. Our global and diversified supply chain provides a competitive advantage, and we are tracking and monitoring the situation at all levels of our organisation.

Thank you for your continued business and loyalty. If you have any questions, please contact our office.


AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey

Forage trial & pasture demo site

The Nutrien Ag Solutions pasture trial at Braidwood has now been running for 5 years now & those more persistent varieties are really starting to shine through. This is a major factor for most growers, however it is important to remember there can be a trade-off between persistence & production.

In addition to the pasture varieties sown at the site, I have been trialing various annual crops each year. This autumn, I am sowing a forage canola to assess its early growth against the staple ryegrass & forage brassicas in a replicated trial. Forage canola is gaining popularity with producers as it can offer the best of both worlds by providing valuable, high quality forage for 6-8 weeks combined with valuable grain yields. The end result is an attractive gross margin. However there are variations on this model that better suits graziers who are more interested in using canola crops for winter grazing only and/or spring silage.

From the Braidwood trial, winter production as well as other characteristics such as grazing quality & palatability will be recorded. In addition, various fertiliser/Loveland treatments will be applied. This information will then be provided to growers via a spring field day at this site. In the meantime, if you’re interested in looking over the trial, contact Nutrien Ag Solutions or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


YARD TALK with Charlie Croker

Hi Everyone,

Due to the coronavirus, both cattle and sheep markets have started to feel a pitch. This is mainly in your export markets,

Cows are topping around the 280c down 20c in the last 2 weeks.

Black Feeder steers are topping around 410c.

And 380 for your Hereford and crossbreed steers

Feeder Heifers around 310c

Restocker cattle are still strong steers average close to 450c, Heifers around 400c.

PTIC cows are selling well also.

Rodney Royds sold PTIC heifers for $1840 on auctions plus last week, well done Rodney.

Due to the corona virus we have postponed the monthly Braidwood sale until further notice. We apologies for any inconvenience.

However our country needs to eat, so large sales will continue with the upmost safety. Yass and Moss Vale and Wagga Wagga sales are operating.

Please don’t hesitate to call Charlie Croker if you have any questions in regards to sales of stock.  Call 0447 203 776

Please be vigilant and stay indoors as much as possible.

All the very best Charlie.


REAL ESTATE with Reg O’Connell

How will Covid 19 effect our Local market?

There is no escaping the current Covid 19 situation which is yet to have any real effect on our real estate market.

Early indications are that any effect will be a positive one, with an increase in enquiries from those in the cities who have been considering buying in a more remote location. The benefits of living in a less populated area and the more relaxed country lifestyle are highlighted in times such as this.

Livestock and wool prices are doing very well. This makes productive rural properties a more attractive proposition, as well as helping our local economy.

Rural land sales, particularly closer to town, are resulting in some very happy vendors with prices achieved coming from buyers from all walks of life. Some of these buyers have ambitions not before seen in our area, but we are in unprecedented times. Productive land throughout the region, either close to town or further out, is in increasing demand. Any landowner thinking of selling is encouraged to contact us.

Residential land is all but taken up with no other area earmarked for development and only 3 lots left in Braidwood Ridge. There are still more stages to complete but even if started today, would take 12 -18 months before any construction could commence. Any residential landowner thinking of selling is also encouraged to contact us.

With some of the projects throughout the region reaching completion, workers are moving on leaving a few vacant rentals. This will be only be for a short period, as many others are moving to the area, either for short or long-term employment.

Landlords in the Braidwood district typically see a good return on their investment and a good capital gain. Landmark Braidwood have few residential properties for sale and offer a full service Real Estate office for both sales and rentals. If you have a residential property, either for sale or rent, we would be pleased to talk with you.


Properties for Lease by Nutrien Harcourts Real Estate Braidwood
Contact:  Nicole or Cheryl – (02) 4842 2707 or

  • 1/159 Mt Elrington Road, Farringdon – $280 pw – available now – 2 bedroom flat, fully furnished , 1 queen size bed and 1 single bed, bathroom-shower only, separate toilet, neat and tidy, farm style living, 17 kms from town, 20 min drive
  • 7/61 Elrington Street, Braidwood – $450pw – available now – 3 bedroom, open plan dining kitchen, entry, air conditioner, 3 way bathroom, built in robes, as new  town house – No pets
  • 30 Araluen Lane – $500pw – available now – 3 bedrooms with built in’s, en-suite, open plan kitchen, dining, lounge, reverse cycle air con, lock up garage with remote
  • 647 Back Creek Road – $420pw – available end of April – 3 bedrooms, open plan design, 3 bay garage with skillion, horse paddock




March 2020 Newsletter

FROM THE CORNER with Richard Walker

Autumn is here and the eventful summer is finally over. February was very challenging for many in the Braidwood district on top of a year of drought. Hopefully with more rain for this week we can move forward with positive actions for the remainder of 2020.

Sowing of cereals and ryegrass is well underway and with follow-up rain winter feed will be available shortly. Pasture seed varieties will be tight, especially phalaris and cocksfoot as the poor seasonal conditions affected yields. Talk to Richard to secure pasture seeds.

There has been talk of certain chemicals being in short supply. Glysophate is in stock but may be affected with worsening conditions in China. Other chemicals such as Amicide, MCPA, Starane, wetting agents are in short supply but are coming available mid-March. We have stock, except for Starane.

With the flush of greenery over the district the pasture component is not all improved species. Weeds are in abundance, particularly Patterson’s Curse, Chilean Needle Grass and Lovegrass being very evident. Monitor paddocks and talk to Roger Garnsey if an inspection is required (0429 625 880)

Fencing supplies may become tight as landholders begin to rebuild fences. Waratah are supplying most products with a small delay on Galstar and certain hinge joints only. The situation may change as demand increases over the following months.

National Parks are supplying fencing to adjoining landholders and if you require more details please contact our office. This is only for fire affected boundaries.

The Waratah Fencing Field Day has been put on hold until late April as many landholders are busy sowing or fencing.



Helicopter available for granular flupropanate in March – call for availability (4842 2405)

Monthly Cattle Sale – Fri 3rd April

Nutrien Ag Blue Ribbon Sale – Fri 15th May

Nutrien Ag Braidwood Trade Day –  21st May







INSURANCE with Kylie Walker

Braidwood & our surrounding localities have certainly been tested the past few months with unprecedented fire activity and destruction.  It has been a privilege to witness our community coming together as never before. Here at Nutrien Ag Braidwood, we have been able to assist our clients not only with their insurance claims directly

stemming from the bushfires, but also provide ongoing support to assist in disaster recovery.

We have been providing computer access, scanning and submitting documents for grants that some landholders were eligible to apply for ie. Rural Assistance Authority Disaster Recovery Grants of up to $75,000 for Primary Producers and also fencing applications to National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) for Landholders that have fire damage to fencing shared with NPWS.

These fires have caused most of us to seriously consider our risk management and asset protection strategies.  If you would like to understand your insurances better, discuss or change any policy detail or would like to obtain a quote, please call Kylie on 044 727 3158 or 02 4842 2405.


AGORONOMY with Roger Garnsey

Autumn feed quality issues

The old age saying ‘you lose more stock coming out of a drought than during the drought’ certainly applies in the current autumn conditions.

The feed quality from the fresh green pick now in abundance in paddocks is deceptive. Whilst it may be highly nutritious (containing 15-20% protein & 11-13 MJ ME), livestock often don’t perform well on this feed. Whilst the extreme change in diet can be blamed, the greater is effect is from the high moisture

content in this highly nutritious feed. With a dry matter content of 20% & moisture of 80%, the animal is consuming large quantities of water which dilutes feed quality. This is made worse as there is very little fibrous ‘old growth’ (due to the drought & fires) left to buffer intake. The result is poor performance in a range of livestock, from young weaners who may have suffered poor early growth during the drought, to lactating females who have high energy requirements.

The situation will improve in the next few weeks as the feed ‘hardens up’ & pastures begin to produce more lignin & cellulose (stem & stalk). In the meantime, to improve animal performance under these conditions: provide supplementary feed to increase fibre intake (yes- more hay or silage I’m afraid!). This will help transition stock from grain to pasture based diets.

Avoid putting hungry stock into fresh paddocks – this causes an abrupt change in livestock diets, resulting in poor livestock performance; If you do have a run-off paddock with some old dry feed or stubble (which would be few & far between), open the gate to improve fibre intake Monitor the worm burden in your livestock through regular worm testing at this time of year.

Roger Garnsey on 0429 625 880


Real Estate with Reg O’Connell

Another busy month with a lot of activity in our local Real Estate market with seven sales throughout the region through Landmark Harcourts Braidwood (soon to be rebranded Nutrien Harcourts).

The most welcome rain has resulted in some very green pastures, full dams and creeks and rivers are flowing again, putting smiles on the faces of many locals. This has made Braidwood & surrounds even more attractive to buyers looking at our region and even though we have had the threat, and in some cases impact of bushfire, buyers are aware this is not a regular or normal event.

Interest rates continue to be at record lows and demand for housing and productive land increases with a good economy. Employment opportunities for the region continue to be strong bringing new workers and families who all need to live somewhere, either buying or renting, many now opting for a country lifestyle to raise their family. Whilst the above mentioned sales are solid, housing stock for sale is not being replenished, leaving us

with a lack of listings and an increasingly long list of buyers.

With the phasing out of the Landmark brand and the continued and renewed relationship with Harcourts, (an internationally recognised real estate identity), in the near future, new signage will be seen on our offices and around the region on ‘For Sale’ marketing boards.

This is an exciting time, being able to combine our local knowledge with the strength and technology of an international brand, why not give us a call to take advantage of increased exposure that will be created with the branding change.

Reg O’Connell: 0402 833 344 Ph: 02 4842 2707



Waratah Fencing invite you to attend an exclusion fencing demonstration day.

The local Waratah team will be demonstrating the Waratah Exclusion Fencing System, which includes Blue Latch Posts, Jio star posts, and stockgrip.

Come along and discuss your fencing requirements with the team and walk away with the best design for your situation.

Check out the latest fencing solutions to keep feral animals out, improve productivity and reduce your operating costs.

Whether you’re looking to build a new fence or retrofit an old fence, Waratah’s innovative range of fencing products and solutions will help maximise your return on investment

WHEN Wednesday, 11 March Starts 8:00am Breakfast provided WHERE North End of Wallace Street, Braidwood, NSW, 2622 RSVP For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday, 9 March 2020 to:

James Kennedy 0417 098 602

Richard Walker 0428 389 425

Whether you’re looking to build a new fence or retrofit an old fence, Waratah’s innovative range of fencing products and solutions will help maximise your return on investment.



February News 

Do you need help after the bushfires?



The Australian Government has put measures in place for small businesses who have suffered direct fire damage, or have been indirectly economically impacted following the bushfires.

If you are an affected small business, you may be eligible for a range of assistance, including grant funding, concessional loans and tax relief and financial counselling services targeted to help small and family business owner’s deal with financial challenges they face.

Recovery grants of up to $50,000 (tax free) for eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements – to build on the recovery grants put in place by state governments;

Concessional loans of up to $500,000 for eligible small businesses (including farmers, fishers and foresters) and non-profit organisations who have suffered significant asset loss of significant loss to revenue. The loan would be for up to 10 years and used for the purposes of restoring or replacing damaged assets and for working capital. The loans will be provided under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Grants and loans are available in eligible Local Government Areas. For more information on Recovery grants and concessional loans visit the Bushfire support page on the Australian Government Business website.



Available drought assistance in NSW


Grants for drought and bushfire assistance




Grants of up to $75,000 are being made available to

assist eligible farmers, fishers and foresters to deal with their immediate needs and can be used for everything from fodder and water, sheds, fencing and agricultural equipment, where those needs are not covered by their existing insurance policies. The $75,000 grant includes the $15,000 grant available to primary producers under Category C arrangements.

To be eligible, you must:

earn more than 50 per cent of your income from primary production

spend part of your labour on primary production

have been carrying on your business at the time of the fires

not be a corporation.

If you don’t earn more than 50 per cent of your income from primary production, you may still be eligible if:

you can show you will earn 50 per cent of your income from primary production within 3 years, or

you can show you would ordinarily earn more than 50 per cent of your income from primary production but this has been affected by drought, and

in both cases, you earn less than $100,000 in “off-farm” income.

For more information on the Emergency Bushfire Response – Primary Industries Grants Program contact:

New South Wales: call 1800 678 593 or visit the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website



The NSW Government has announced as part of the NSW drought assistance package that the 2020 Local Land Services rates notices will be adjusted. No amounts shown on the 2020 rates notice will be payable for this period.

Local Land Services ratepayers will have received a rates notice in January 2020, but are not required to take action. The usual components will be shown on the rates notice, but all have been adjusted as part of the NSW Government’s drought relief package.

The services provided by Local Land Services, normally funded through the rates are still available to ratepayers throughout 2020.



Many clients will already know Ben Howard as a weekend staff member in our merchandise store. Ben has recently completed an apprenticeship in welding and has now joined the team full time and is ready to assist you on your next visit.








 AGRONOMY  With Roger Garnsey

When is it too early to sow winter forage crops

As we approach February, many growers contemplate establishment of winter forage crops to fill the winter feed gap. Long term mixed cropping trials conducted by NSW DPI clearly show oats will produce more early forage than other cereals, with barley running a close second. Oats is also suitable for a wide range of soil types & is highly tolerant of acid soils.

Many dual purpose oat varieties have a high vernalization (cold requirement), meaning they will not readily bolt to head under dry autumn conditions. Alternatives such as wheat, barley & triticale will, when sown very early in the Tablelands (e.g. before March).

Early sowing of oats should ideally occur when soil temperatures are between 15 & 25 oC with consistent soil moisture. Currently, our soil temps are around 27 – 30 oC & variable soil moisture, depending on your location. It’s rare to get a total failure with these early sown oat crops, however dry sowing is generally not recommended, due to increased chance of bird damage & loss of seed viability. Grazing typically occurs 6-8 weeks after sowing.

Ryecorn (e.g. Southern Green) has also been used in the local area with great success. It has very good early growth (often superior to oats) but very early sowing is to be avoided due to the chance of the crop bolting to head under dry autumn conditions & high temperatures. March sowing onwards is preferred. Due to its high early growth rates, grazing can occur as soon as 3-4 weeks after sowing (under good seasonal conditions). This rapid early growth comes at a cost as ryecorn will mature earlier in spring (thereby reducing palatability) compared to other winter cereals, such as oats, which is why it is often sown in combination with annual ryegrass to extend late season quality.

For further information on winter crop establishment options, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


REAL ESTATE  With Reg O’Connell

Buyers and sellers faced a unique set of challenges in 2019 with some prices dropping, or at least stalling across most of the country. There are also fewer properties on the market than usual for this time of year, with everyone waiting to see what will happen next.

Tenants are competing for housing, putting major pressure on affordability. Low wage growth has made it harder for first home buyers to save a deposit, and if you did decide to try and buy chances are you ran up against the restricted lending criteria following the Banking Royal Commission. Luckily, the industry has worked through a lot of the challenges and the market is looking much better in 2020.

Despite all the challenges, there are so many reasons to feel confident about our local market. Buyer confidence is up, interest rates are down, demand is increasing and there are new opportunities everywhere.

The market started to rebound in the second half of 2019 and is predicted to get stronger with a 1.1 per cent rise in December nationally and a 4 per cent rise in the final quarter.

Much of the growth has come from Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra, by contrast, has been a consistent performer with steady growth over the last 2 years. This is reflected in our immediate local market.

If you are selling, the timing couldn’t be better. The supply of properties available is low and now is the time to take advantage of the undersupplied market.

If you decide to buy, the initial overreaction by lenders appears to have eased and borrowers are again seeing loans approved, albeit in much more time than previously.

Generally, buying or selling, residential or rural, the market is strong and with a stable political environment without any Federal election in the near future, puts us in good stead for the new decade.

Reg O’Connell   Licensed Real Estate Agent



November News

A Shout Out to local rural landholders

The Braidwood Servicemen’s Club & Landmark Braidwood recognise how tough it’s been for all of you on the land and are inviting rural landholders to the Servicemen’s Club on Sunday November 17th from 3 -5 pm for some complimentary brews and a BBQ.

Richard Walker from Landmark Braidwood says “it’s been a very hard year on the land and we understand how tricky it can be to keep your spirits up and keep going. We are happy to be able to host this afternoon and give something back to our community.”

There’ll be a jumping castle for the kids, some entertainment for the adults, and a chance to mingle and put your troubles aside, if only for a couple of hours.

Comedian Kenny Graham: The Multi-talented stage and screen artist has performed on TV (The Footy Show) Film (with Eric Bana in movie ‘Chopper’ as Chopper’s father), and Cabaret: On stage (The award winning ‘Ladies Laughs & Larrikins’.)  The Winner of several prestigious Mo and Ace awards, Kenny was awarded ‘Mo’ Award for ‘Comic of the Year’ in 2008 and again in 2010.

Kenny’s background as an actor gives his comedy a realistic edge, as he delivers old fashioned “laugh until you cry” entertainment.  He is in demand for corporate functions, golf days, sports dinners, private parties, weddings.

Club Manager Michelle Griggs says “It’s our shout! So please be our guests. We’re pleased to be in the position to give back to the community that has supported the Club through some rough years financially. This is one way we can thank the rural community that is now having a tough time.”

If you would like to come please RSVP to Michelle with numbers at the club by Friday November 8th on 48422108, email or pop into the club office and say hello.



The influx of Sydneysiders continues with many enquiries for the few properties that are listed and many more leaving details for new listings as they come on the market. The larger cities have seen a bounce back from a slower period that we didn’t really experience. With auction clearance rates nearing 80% in Sydney, this is giving extra confidence to our local market which has been strong now for 2-3 years. There is still interest in rural properties despite the ongoing drought (again from those in the larger cities who don’t need to rely on farm income) and some good sales have been recorded. Some of the larger construction projects that have brought so many workers to the area are now nearing completion, which is timely, freeing rental properties for the oncoming year when traditionally new staff are relocated to the area. Having said that, rental properties are still in great demand, as the hospital, Central School upgrades and the Dargues Gold Mine will bring new people to the area with a lot of these looking to take up residence on a full-time basis. With all this demand and more in the foreseeable future, listings are needed both in and out of town. As always if you are thinking of selling, renting or would just like some advice, please feel free to call into our Real Estate office on the corner of Duncan and Wallace Streets.


Whether sourcing hay, silage or feed pellets at this time of year or (if you’re lucky enough) conserving your own surplus spring fodder, a feed quality test is essential. Not only does it tell you important feed quality information, such as digestibility, energy & protein, but it also provides other quality information such as moisture, dry matter, fibre & nitrate levels in the forage. Elevated nitrate levels can lead to poisoning in livestock – for this reason alone, testing your fodder makes sound economic sense.

Drought affected crops can have elevated nitrate levels because of lack of leaching and/or nitrogen fertilizer input into crops which has not been used in due to short spring growth. Elevated nitrate levels may cause inflammation of the gut when eaten in large quantities or respiratory distress due to interference with oxygenation of blood.

There are a number of commercial labs available that can complete feeding quality testing of hay, silage, grain or pellets. Turnaround is rapid, typically 3 days for a basic feed test & pricing is very reasonable for this service.

For further information on feed quality testing, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429 625 880. If you have feed quality test results & require some assistance in your interpretation of these results, please give us a call.


Yass Selex – Cattle have seen a slight change in the past week, with some luck our forecast rain will ramp things up a bit. The best of the heavy cows reached 252c per kg (10-15c cheaper), medium cows 190-220c per kg, light feeder steers made 270-300c per kg, and light restocker steers reached 230-280c per kg.

Best of the restocker heifers made 245c per kg.

Sheep/ lambs – The lamb and sheep market has been holding its own through the surge in numbers over the past month, once these numbers filter through its predicted to keep climbing.

Yass sheep and lamb sale 30th October 2019

Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $220 The best of the Merino wethers made up to $180. Restocking lambs sold from $108 – $157, trade lambs in Yass last week sold from $136 – $174. The best heavy weight lambs sold to $218.

Upcoming sales: The monthly Braidwood sale is the first Friday of every month. Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss vale.

For all inquiries or bookings please call Charlie Croker TEL: 0447 203 776



September Newsletter

FROM THE CORNER With Richard Walker

Season conditions for the Braidwood district are still demanding as the dry conditions prevail.  With groundcover decreasing and poor winter rainfall, decision making becomes very important in grazing systems over the next few months.

An update on feed supplies as follows:

Hay: We have good quality Vetch, Medic and Clover will become available towards the end of the September as areas in Victoria, South Australia and Southern NSW bale new season’s product.

Some frosted crops are also showing in parts of NSW and Victoria and they will be baled into cereal hay. Pricing won’t change as demand is still high for most hay products. Good quality Lucerne will be extremely hard to procure until widespread rain occurs over NSW.

Manildra Pellets: Are available but supply is getting tighter. Prices are under pressure as grain prices increase. We have stocks in bulk bags only.

Grain Pellets: Supplies from our regular markets are OK and we have around 5 suppliers currently having good stocks. Coprice and Ambos are our major suppliers and have products in bulk bags and 25kg bags.

Molofos: Grazing Transition is the product we have in stock. Supply is improving as new season molasses is coming through and better seasonal conditions in Victoria prevail.

Rocket Sorghum: Hybrid sorghum BMR gene is making great hay and quality grazing. Supply is limited and orders are a must to secure product.

Jap Millet: Supply is very tight, but we have stock. Pricing has increased considerably due to poor harvest and demand.

Brassicas: Good supply and in stock


Why use a brassica?

Brassica forage crops are high yielding and highly digestible, allowing the farmer to maintain or increase stock carrying during periods of feed deficits or when pasture is limited. There are brassica forage crops that will suit most situations.

Forage crops can be used to:

  • Provide a supply of great value quality feed for seasonal shortages: Traditional winter feed – kale, rape, turnips, Summer -rape, turnips, leafy turnips.
  • Finish Livestock – rape, turnips, leafy turnips.
  • Flush ewes – rape, leafy turnips.
  • Provide high energy feed for lactating dairy cows

Many brassica crops fail to reach their potential so ensure optimum performance it is important to manage crops well.

Using forage brassicas helps avoid parasites and pathogens that cause animal health problems such as facial eczema and ryegrass staggers.

Brassica forage crops also offer benefits for soil, pasture and crop health by acting as a break crop to: break disease and pest cycles, break new ground and break the standard endophyte cycle prior to sowing novel endophyte grasses.


Introducing an Australian first – Fennec Pour-On for Sheep – a dual active combination pour-on lousicide.

The power of combination lice control

Fennec Pour-On for Sheep combines the power of imidracloprid and abamectin for maximum effect against the sheep louse Bovicola ovis. Proven in field conditions to provide outstanding control of lice.

Indications for use:

  • For the treatment and control of susceptible Bovicola ovis when applied up to 7 days off-shears.
  • Protects against re-infestation for 5 weeks after treatment when applied within 24 hours of shearing.


AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey

Forage sorghum update

It will rain one day. And when it does, you need to be ready with some fast-growing options.

For November sowing (once soil temperatures are at least 16oC), forage sorghums are C4 tropical grasses which are ideal for late spring sowing for grazing, silage and/or hay. Like ryegrasses, there are quite a few on the market, so choosing the right variety can be difficult. Forage sorghums basically fall into three main categories:

  1. Sudan grass: produce fine stems, higher quality, ideal for sheep/cattle grazing & haymaking eg Superdan, Beamer;
  2. Sorghum x sudan grass: medium stems, ideal for cattle grazing, hay and/or silage eg Rocket, Revolution, Lush
  3. Sweet sorghum x sweet sorghum hybrid: thicker stems with high sugar content; ideal when maximising bulk without compromising too much on quality, ideal for cattle grazing, hay and/or silage e.g. Sugargraze, Mega Sweet

For quick feed this spring, BMR Rocket offers a great option:

  • rapid maturity compared to more traditional varieties such as Revolution;
  • BMR trait, equating to less lignin;
  • higher energy content and increased palatability, resulting in improved intake;
  • acts like a Sudan grass, producing fine stems, prolific tillering and regrowth;
  • well suited for making hay and round bale silage and for grazing with cattle and sheep.

For further information on summer crops, call Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey.


REAL ESTATE With Reg O’Connell

What will Spring bring?

With the local real estate market being so busy, we now come into the lively spring season. All indications suggest we will see an increase in activity across the broader market. Sydney and Canberra markets continue to surge ahead with Auction clearance rates above 80%. The stock market is in turmoil and history shows investors usually take their money out and invest in real estate-a much safer and more stable investment. As a result of all this national and global activity, the demand is high in all areas of local real estate.

There are a few small subdivisions about to come on the market but nothing of any real significance in the rural scene, our office is constantly receiving enquiry for bush blocks for recreation or more recently for full time residences.

Residential real estate is moving quickly with enquiry at an all-time high. Braidwood Ridge, the only residential building option has just 5 blocks left in the most recent stage, an incredible 72% was sold off the plan!

The surrounding villages are also selling well with little available in Araluen or Majors Creek and the last property in Nerriga offered for sale saw 3 buyers scrambling to sign contracts first.

So what will spring bring? Hopefully some rain, hopefully calm on the global front and hopefully more properties to sell, all factors that influence our local market.



With Charlie Croker


The cattle market is volatile at the moment. Fat cattle are selling well with a shortage of finished cattle. Light restocker cattle are a bit of a hard sell, and can only be fixed with some serious rain.

Yass Selex 29.8.19

Grown steers and bullocks in Yass still made up to $3.00 per kg

Heavy cows remain strong ranging from $2.10 to $2.70 per kg

Light cows made up to $2.16

Medium weight Feeder steers averaged $2.92 to a top of $3.08

Light Restocker steers and heifers sold from $1.80 to $2.75 per kg


Sheep/ lambs

Yass sheep and lamb sale 28.8.19

New season restocker lambs $115 – $136

Heavy new season lambs to a top of $204 per head, which is $8.50 kg

Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $175 – $225 per head

Merino ewes made up to $110 – $157 per head

Extra heavy old Lambs made up to $252 per head

Sucker season is fast approaching. Lamb prices are remaining strong.  Pray for rain.

Upcoming sales

The monthly Braidwood sale 6th September

Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss Vale

If you need me to have a look or get quotes prior to sale don’t hesitate to contact me. Charlie Croker 0447 203 776



With the start of seasonal change in our area leading to hotter temperatures and our bush fire period, it is the lead-in time to consider your insurance. We would recommend spending some time assessing the levels of insurance you have and making contact with your Landmark insurance specialist to discuss and make changes that are required. Consider adding fencing (if not already insured) and assessing levels of cover? Which farm buildings are covered, is there an adequate level of cover on them? Tanks may not be automatically insured and coverage may be different between underwriters. All points of consideration.

As always, Donna or Kylie are available to review your policy or if you would like a quote we are happy to talk through your insurance needs. Local insurance contact is Kylie at the Landmark Braidwood office on 02 4842 2405/ mobile 044 727 3158, or Donna Sticker (Insurance Manager) on 0409 566 382.

Landmark Operations Limited (ABN 73 008 743 217) is an authorised representative of Marsh Advantage Insurance Pty Ltd, AFS Licence No. 238369.







With August approaching, now is an ideal time to start thinking about control of perennial grass weeds in the Braidwood area, such as African Lovegrass, Chilean needle grass & Serrated tussock. Identification of these species can be tricky, especially when vegetative, so if in doubt, please give me a call to arrange an on farm inspection. Whilst very difference in appearance, these three perennial grass weeds have similar weaknesses in their armour which provide graziers with an opportunity to get the upper hand.

Control options:

Attacking African Lovegrass, Chilean needle grass or Serrated tussock by implementing a range of strategies, rather than one single ‘silver bullet’, will provide the best outcome. Each of these grass weeds are successful as they produce large amounts of persistent seed reserves. They are also unpalatable to livestock & very drought hardy. However, as a young seedling, these weeds are slow establish in the first 6 weeks. Seedlings will also fail to germinate in deep litter. Based on this important weakness in these plants, the following strategies can be employed to contain its spread onto your property:

  1. Maintain ground cover. Overgrazing pastures & exposing bare will provide an opportunity for these weeds to colonise your pasture;
  2. Competition from desirable pasture species: by maintaining optimum soil fertility through judicious fertilizer use. Soil test paddocks to determine your fertilizer requirements, especially if it’s been a few years since you’ve collected comprehensive soil tests from the property. You may be surprised what you find!
  3. Selective control options: Where African Lovegrass, Chilean needle grass or Serrated tussock is the dominant species in the paddock, replace it with more productive species. This will mean implementing a systematic plan to remove these weeds & preventing them from seeding for 2-3 years (e.g. through cereal/summer cropping) before sowing a perennial, competitive pasture.

Where African Lovegrass, Chilean needle grass or Serrated tussock is not dominant, but scattered over the paddock & beyond a spot spraying job, consider selective control of these weeds, through judicious use of the herbicide, flupropanate. This is now available in a liquid & granular form. The use of these flupropanate should be carefully considered as this is a residual herbicide that if over used can cause severe off target damage to desirable species. The good news about granular flupropanate is that it is proving to be less damaging to desirable pasture species (particularly the native perennial grasses) at low rates. Application is typically applied by helicopter & a spraying program is about to start in the local region in August.

For further information on control of African Lovegrass, Chilean needle grass or Serrated tussock, or if you are interested in use of granular flupropanate by helicopter this season, please contact Landmark’s consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429 625880.


Latest Newsletter


With Richard Walker

A new financial year is here, the days are getting longer and hopefully the weather will turn around for the district and rain.

The next 3 months will be challenging with drought and managing livestock calving and lambing. For those approaching calving and lambing the late stages of pregnancy are metabolically demanding with increasing nutritional demands.

Product in the spotlightKetol & Flopak

Managing livestock nutrition coming into winter can present challenges; drought can significantly increase these challenges. For those approaching lambing and calving, the late stages of pregnancy are metabolically demanding with increasing nutritional demands. If heavily pregnant stock experience nutritional deficiencies, their risk of metabolic conditions such as pregnancy toxaemia/ketosis and milk fever increase. Additional stress, such as yarding, in late pregnancy can also exacerbate metabolic issues. Prompt management and treatment of affected animals will ensure their health and productivity.

Ketol: An oral solution containing propylene glycol, choline and cobalt sulphate to aid in the treatment of pregnancy toxaemia/ketosis in sheep and cattle.

Ketosis occurs due to insufficient energy at the end of pregnancy. Fat stores are mobilised and used as an energy source with the resultant formation of ketone bodies. Ketone bodies can cause the development of neurological signs such as depression and tremors which, if left untreated, will cause death in affected animals. Clinical signs are usually gradual in onset.

Prompt treatment with Ketol will raise the animal’s blood glucose levels and support the elimination of damaging ketone bodies. Cobalt sulphate enhances the production of vitamin B12 which is vital for normal glucose, fat and protein metabolism, and for maintaining appetite.

Flopak Plus (4 in 1): A solution for subcutaneous injection containing calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucose for the treatment of milk fever in sheep and cattle.

Milk fever occurs due to calcium not being mobilised from bone stores quickly enough at the end of pregnancy or in early lactation; blood calcium levels fall resulting in derangement of muscle function. Clinical signs are usually sudden in onset presenting as restlessness, tremors and a stiff gait.

Prompt treatment with Flopak will raise blood calcium levels quickly allowing the animal to resume normal muscle function. The treated animal will usually respond quickly confirming the diagnosis.

In both cases if clinical signs are seen in some animals, there is likely to be subclinical disease affecting other animals in the herd or flock, all resulting in lost production. Feed on offer should be reassessed to ensure the nutritional needs of late pregnancy/early lactation can be met


Another metabolic disorder in cattle is grass tetany. Grass tetany is a magnesium deficiency which occurs in ruminant animals such as cattle. Older cows with calves at foot during winter and spring are at most risk. Symptoms include uncoordinated gait, nervousness, muscle spasms, staggering and death is common. We have products in stock to prevent grass tetany.

Grass Tetany Blocks, Midmag Loose Lick, Magnesium Capsules, Causmag, Lucerne Hay can also help.

Any questions please talk to Richard or our consulting nutritionist Jess Revell.

Landmark has good stocks of lucerne, ryegrass and oaten hay in small bales and large bales of lucerne and clover.

Manildra Pellets, Ambos Pellets for sheep and cattle are in stock in bulk bags and small bags. Supply may tighten on the Manildra Pellets as through winter.



Managing grass tetany

With the onset of cold, wintery conditions, grass tetany will be at the forefront of many growers’ minds. A few facts on grass tetany:

  • The risk of grass tetany is greater at this time of year as young, green grass has a lower content of available Magnesium than mature grass;
  • Cool season grasses have a lower Magnesium content than legumes;
  • Heavy applications of Potassium or Nitrogen fertilisers reduces plant uptake of Magnesium, thereby increasing the risk of grass tetany;
  • Grass tetany risk is greater for lactating cattle grazing cereals crops or in bad weather (cold, wet, windy conditions), particularly in the absence of shelter belts.

The risk of grass tetany can be reduced by several measures including:

  • feeding good quality, legume hay (Lucerne is ideal) to provide additional Magnesium, energy & roughage;
  • supplying Magnesium salt blocks;
  • provide shelter to high risk animals especially during periods of bad weather;
  • application of Magnesium nutrient to pastures, such as Epsom salts (Magnesium oxide) for short term effects (2% magnesium sulphate in 1000L per hectare or 20 kg/ha), or domolite for a longer term benefit;
  • slow-release capsules;
  • addition of magnesium (eg Causmag) to hay or silage

For further information on grass tetany management, call Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey.


REAL ESTATE with Reg O’Connell


Any local would have noticed how busy our local shops are at the moment. Various development and projects throughout our region are bringing in new employees and providing employment to many locals. All these people need to live somewhere and while some are commuting, (mainly because they can’t find anywhere closer,) many are already living here, creating strong demand on our rental and sales properties.

This places the local economy in a great position with strong employment and an active real estate market. Braidwood has now been discovered and is in demand.

What many people probably don’t realise is there are many sales happening without being advertised. In this buoyant market, buyers are keen to see properties before they reach the open market.  Landmark Braidwood have a data base of qualified buyers who are contacted when a property is listed, before being advertised to the general public.

With the warmer weather not too far away, most sellers wait until their property is looking at its best but that’s also when there is more competition. There has never been a better time than now to sell.

Anyone thinking of selling or would just like obligation free advice is always welcome at our Real Estate office, corner Duncan and Wallace St.


June Newsletter

FROM THE CORNER  With Richard Walker

The end of the financial year is fast approaching. The instant asset write-off of $30,000 introduced from the 2nd April 2019 has been extended to June 2020. Before January 2019 the threshold was $20,000

Landmark Braidwood have end of financial year deals on Waratah Fencing and AWP Fencing. Prepaid fertilizer is also available.

As the season hasn’t been favourable with rainfall, Nutrition will be once again the main topic over the winter months. Supply of hay will be tight over the next 6 months. Talk to Richard if you require hay. Manildra Pellets are available but will tighten with supply by mid-winter.

Ambos, Coprice and Harwood Pellets have good supply at this stage, but are at a premium price, due to the poor grain harvest last year.

Landmark Braidwood have engaged the services of Nutritionist Jess Revell. Jess runs her own nutrition company called Ruminate Livestock Services based out of the Western Districts of Victoria. Jess is available by phone, email and on farm consultations. Jess offers the following livestock services for Landmark Braidwood.


  • Least cost ration formulation
  • Feed budgeting
  • Feeding induction programs
  • Intensive feeding programs
  • Containment feeding programs
  • Supplementary feeding programs
  • Pasture nutrition
  • Stud and show nutrition
  • Feeding management and purchasing advice
  • Equine ration analysis
  • Feed mill ration formulation


  • Feed testing and report analysis
  • Water quality testing and analysis

Jess will be in the Braidwood on the 1st and 2nd July. If you would like to book an appointment, please give Richard a call. An information night will b held on Monday 1st July at the Servicemen’s Club commencing at 5pm. Topics covered include animal nutrition, basic take home messages on utilising winter and summer crops, options for feeding this winter, supplementary feeding programs and seasonal management.

Urea is in stock but it is very volatile in pricing and fluctuates regularly. Urea is the best value to give your oats or ryegrass a much-needed boost. With the current pricing of hay and grain, an application of urea is the cheapest way of providing feed.

AGRONOMY  With Roger Garnsey

Maximum winter feed with Lovelands

The Lovelands range of products, available exclusively through Landmark, is continuing to show promising results. Trials at Braidwood & Goulburn have shown promising results with a three-way mix of 80 mL Gala ha + 1 L Awaken/ha + 5 L Maximum N-Pact/ha + 250 mL LI700/100 L on pastures & crops. These products combine in the following way to improve dry matter production from these crops & pastures:

  1. Gala (gibberellic acid): is a naturally occurring plant hormone that results in cell extension, thereby increasing plant production;
  2. Maximum N-Pact: is a high Nitrogen (24%) liquid foliar fertilizer which is readily taken up by the plant;
  3. Awaken is then included to improve early root growth & supply Nitrogen, Potassium & a range of trace elements.

The culmination of these three products results in improved winter dry matter production, A wheat trial in the southern highlands at Berrima, showed an additional 590 kg/ha from the application of this 3-way mix at a cost of $66/ha which equated to around $0.11/kg DM – very cheap feed in today’s market!

For further information on the Loveland range of products, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


REAL ESTATE  With Reg O’Connell

The popularity of our local region continues to improve. Projects such as the Nerriga Road upgrade, major improvements to Braidwood Hospital and associated buildings, Braidwood Central School upgrade, Dargues Gold Mine and Council Waste Transfer Station are all contributing to our local economy.

A lot of those working on these projects are only temporary residents but many will become permanent. One thing is a certainty – they all need housing, either to rent or buy. This presents a great opportunity for those already owning and living here. The demand for properties is high which will give stability and strengthen sales and rental prices.

It also presents an opportunity for those not yet living here with the confidence of employment and the increase in facilities and infrastructure making our region even more attractive to those living elsewhere.

If you are looking at buying, selling, renting or investing in our local region it is all positive and good for our local economy.


May Newsletter

From the Corner With Richard Walker

May is a busy month for Landmark Braidwood with the Annual Blue Ribbon Sale on Friday 17th May. The overall yarding will have good numbers of weaners and will increase with more rainfall and improved prices. Talk to Charlie Croker for more info on the Blue Ribbon Sale (Charlie 0447 203 776)

Trade Day is fast approaching and is shaping up to be a great day. With more space available in our yard we will have approximately 60 -70 companies at this year’s event. The Trade Day will have specials on all merchandise from cattle yards to Stihl chainsaws. If you can’t make it on the day, give the team a ring to place an order.

Some of the Specials are:

Salt blocks – Bonus block with 10.

Dog Biscuits: Save up to $5 per bag.

Drench & Vaccines: Save $$$.

Cattle Yards: Free Delivery.

Free pies for lunch.

Still Chainsaws: Save 10%

Waratah Fencing: Rewards programme and discounts

Gates: Super Specials on Cyclone

Davey Pumps: Once a year specials.

Incitec Pivot have developed a new programme for pastures. It is called ground rules for Pastures and was developed by Lee Menehalt and Jim Laycock who both have had significant experience in pasture productivity. To see more information, go to  This programme is worth looking at for all pastures.


With Roger Garnsey

Urea facts

As the autumn break teases us with hopes of follow-up rainfall, it becomes increasingly important to maximise pasture & winter crop growth before onset on the cold, winter conditions which will stall growth.

Topdressing with urea under these conditions is an increasingly popular option as growers seek a reliable, high Nitrogen source to apply to their cropping & pasture paddocks. But there is some mis-information about urea & its application. Here are some fundamental, but important facts about urea:

  • Urea, at 46% nitrogen (N), is the most concentrated solid nitrogen fertilizer;
  • It is highly soluble, requiring as little as 5mm of rainfall to release Nitrogen from the granule into the soil;
  • After urea is top-dressed onto your paddock, it is converted to ammonium (NH4+) compounds within a few days by the action of urease, an enzyme present in the soil;
  • Bacteria then convert the ammonium to nitrate. This process is called nitrification and is usually completed within a few weeks of application. Being a biological process, nitrification is moisture and temperature dependent;
  • Of the essential plant nutrients, N, P & K, Nitrogen (N) is the only element that exists as a gas (N2) in its natural state. It is a highly mobile nutrient prone to losses from leaching & volatilization (loss as a gas into the atmosphere).
  • Losses of Nitrogen gas are greatest when urea is applied to bare soils, under windy conditions & where crop canopy/ground coverage is minimal. When applied to crops which have reached row closure stage (full ground cover), N losses are substantially reduced;
  • Trials have shown N losses after urea application vary considerably. A 2010 trial in Victoria showed losses of 20% N after 21 days, whilst an older CSIRO trial from 1967 showed losses varied from 36-60% over a period of 4-7 weeks. So while losses can be high, they are often not as immediate as we think;
  • Whilst N losses can be high with urea, they can be avoided by following a few basic rules:
    (i) covering urea with at least 3cm of soil through cultivation;
    (ii) applying urea when rain is forecast (sounds simple but lately has been a challenge!!);
    (iii) use of more stable forms of urea, such as Green Urea: these coated products inhibit the enzyme, urease, thereby reducing the rate of Nitrogen gas loss from urea.


For further information on urea & other Nitrogen fertilizers, call Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey.


Real Estate

With Reg O’Connell

The local market continues to do well despite the slowdown in the metropolitan regions.  The looming Federal election is influencing this.

A good indication of how well our region is fairing, is the short time on the market for many properties.
The Reserve Bank is tipped to reduce interest rates at its next meeting (7th May), which will give a little more confidence to the larger cities where the markets aren’t as good. This will be a bonus to our region.
Residential sales in the Braidwood region are sought by spec builders and tree-changers as our block sizes are generous compared with many city or dormitory suburbs around Canberra.
There are still buyers looking for large acreage for primary production due to our better average rainfall and location closer to facilities. Some
buyers have sold elsewhere and are now ready to buy in this district.
Braidwood is also in demand for commercial or retail property, with just one vacant shopfront in the main street, which is about to be leased.
We are always available for advice without obligation or just a chat about our region at our Real Estate corner.

Property Management

With Holly McGrath

Smoke Alarms

Did you know, that if tenants are not woken by a correctly functioning smoke alarm, there is a 57% higher likelihood of property loss and damage? As a landlord, you have a duty of care to your tenants across a number of areas. One of these laws is the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in your rental property. These alarms need to meet the legislative requirements and building codes of various states Australia wide.
Many properties being inspected for the first time are found to be non-compliant as landlords either aren’t aware or aren’t receiving the proper support.
Landmark contracts Smoke Alarms Australia to ensure you, your property and your tenants are all protected so you can have peace of mind knowing we have you covered.

For the very low fee of $99 you can subscribe your property or properties with Smoke Alarms Australia and protect your tenants and your duty of care. Contact our office on 48422707 to arrange your subscription to give yourself peace of mind.


April Newsletter  

FROM THE CORNER with Richard Walker

As we head into Autumn, it’s a busy time for Landmark and for producers.

The annual weaner sales are coming up with Landmark Blue Ribbon Sale to be conducted on 17 May.

On behalf of the Grant Family at Monkittee Farm, we will be presenting a clearing sale of over 500 lots including farm items and collectables (property leased). An interesting inclusion is the historic 1929 Model A Ford Truck, which was used to cart eucalyptus oil in the district up until the early 1970s.

As weaning starts animal health programs also need to be put in place with drenching, vaccinating and trace elements being most important.
Dr Clair Hunt, technical service veterinarian for Bayer Animal Health, says challenging weather conditions can cause deficiencies in trace elements such as selenium or cobalt. The deficiencies can affect production, whether it is liveweight gain, milk production or reproductive performance.
Diagnostic tests are available to determine trace element levels in stock. Selenium acts as an antioxidant to protect tissues from cell damage and is also involved in normal healthy metabolism and function of the immune system.
Selenium deficiencies can manifest in young stock as scours, ill-thift, stiffness, poor growth rates and even sudden death if the sever deficiencies occur. In adult stock, reduced fertility, increased rates of mastitis, retained foetal membranes and reduced milk production can all be seen.
Selovin LA is a slow-release product that offers continuous protection to cattle for up to 12 months and sheep for up to 19 months following a single subcutaneous injection – the preferred method for prevention and correction of selenium deficiency in livestock.
Cobalt is a trace element essential in the synthesis of vitamin B12, which in turn is needed for normal glucose metabolism and muscle growth. Ruminants synthesise vitamin B12 through microbial fermentation in the rumen, following ingestion of cobalt.
“Treatment and control of Vitamin B12 deficiency is easy to do with Cobalife subcutaneous injection,” Dr Hunt said. For further information call Richard 4842 2405

AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey 

Cathead or Caltrop: an increasing summer weed

Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris) or sometimes called yellow vine or cathead, is a prostrate annual herb with stems spreading out for up to 2 metres from a woody taproot that is difficult to control. It is toxic to stock, causes injuries to humans and stock and can contaminate produce such as wool and fodder. The high seed production per caltrop plant enables it to maintain a population at very low densities, and also makes control difficult. Most of the seed has innate dormancy, with only one seed from a burr emerging at a time and remains viable for 5 years or longer.

Caltrop germinates after rainfall in late spring and summer when the maximum air temperature reaches 24°–27°C. There is a succession of germinations throughout the summer following each rainfall event. The first flowers appear within three weeks and the first fruit within five to six weeks of germination. More than 1000 seeds can be produced by a single plant and seed can remain viable for many years (>5 years). Weed control options include:

Chemical control – When considering using chemical spraying as a control measure, there is likely to be a succession of germinations of this weed throughout summer. Therefore, more than one spray application may be necessary. Combinations of dicamba & MCPA are often used, however, residual chemicals (e.g. Simazine, metsulfuron-methyl or Brushoff) can provide longer term control (up to 6 weeks depending on rainfall & soil type). However, these residual herbicides will suppress clover germination whilst active in the soil, so avoid application in autumn. Broadstrike (Flumetsulam) at higher rates (50 g/ha) can be used early in the season when caltrop first appears (< 4 leaf stage) for extended control also. In addition, ALS inhibitor herbicides (that inhibit essential enzyme production), such as Brushoff, are effective at reducing seed set, as they prevent the development of green, immature seed from forming into viable seed.

The timing of spray applications is critical to ensure that the majority of the weeds have been sprayed before seed set occurs. Using spraying as the only control method can be impractical and it is usually better to combine spraying with other means of control.

Manual Removal – Hand-pulling caltrop is effective if the infested area is not too large. Aim to remove the entire tap root as Caltrop can reshoot.

Competition – Competition is a very effective control method for caltrop as it is a poor competitor, particularly in the seedling stage. It only achieves dominance when other vegetation is removed and the ground is bare. Heavy ground cover suppresses caltrop germination. To improve the competitive nature of perennial pastures against caltrop, fertilise regularly, control pests and time grazing appropriately. For example, every 2–3 years for temperate perennial pastures defer grazing in late spring for 10–12 weeks or significantly reduce the grazing pressure. This will increase the bulk of the pasture, increase ground cover and therefore increase the competition against the summer growing caltrop. In late summer graze the pasture to remove dry residues before autumn to assist clover germination.

For further information on summer weed control, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.

INSURANCE TALK – With Donna Sticker and Kylie Walker

Recently thefts have been reported in the local area, so points to keep in mind are:

  • Remember to lock homes, farm property, vehicles where possible. Those involved in thieving are opportunists and will take advantage if what they are targeting is unlocked.
  • Notify the police as soon as the theft is discovered. If you are looking at a potential claim for insurance, your Insurer will want a police issued ‘Incident number’.
  • Your Insurer may want ‘Proof of Ownership’ of stolen items which can be difficult to provide. A few ideas to help with this are:
    • Keep purchases receipts/invoices in one easy to find spot.
    • Take photos of internals of your home, sheds, property & newly purchased items. As an extra measure, these can even be passed onto your Insurer, who would/should be happy to will keep them with your records.
    • ‘Domestic Contents vs Farm Contents’- most insurers will have these insured separately on differing sections on your policy. Therefore, it might be a good idea to talk to your Insurer and discuss what covers you have in relation to your contents.

Please feel free to talk to your local insurance contact Kylie at the Landmark Braidwood office on

02 48 422 405/ mobile 044 727 3158, or Donna Sticker (Insurance Manager) on 0409 566 382.

Landmark Operations Limited (ABN 73 008 743 217) is an authorised representative of Marsh Advantage Insurance Pty Ltd, AFS Licence No. 238369.

REAL ESTATE with Reg O’Connell

It has been another good month for Real Estate sales in the local area with a lot of enquiry coming to our office.
Houses in town are always in demand with the last house listed selling in less than a day.

Good grazing properties of any size are in high demand. We have buyers who have sold elsewhere with cash ready to buy, and keen to get into the market.
There has also been an increase in demand for lifestyle blocks over the last 12 months. Many people moving to the area because of increased employment opportunities or have been priced out of nearby metropolitan areas, are now realising the benefits of living locally. The majority of these people would ideally prefer to have small lifestyle blocks for their family, and these properties sell quickly.  All these current conditions in the real estate market give a very positive forecast for our local economy, increased demand, employment, lack of supply and a bit more rain- we are in interesting times and very lucky to be where we are.


As we move into the cooler months it is important to ensure your smoke alarms meet requirement. Is your smoke alarm in the right room to detect smoke before it is too late? Have you got a working smoke alarm in your house? Especially with rental houses, these two questions are of high significance. We enlist Smoke Alarms Australia to manage our smoke alarms in rental properties except if the landlord opts to look after it themselves. SMA (Smoke Alarms Australia) is a nationally recognized business with highly skilled technicians.
Since 2010, the Residential Tenancies Regulation has changed and is now a requirement that landlords not only install smoke alarms in their properties but maintain them too.  Maintaining a smoke alarm is not as simple as visually inspecting and changing the batteries, they have an expiry date on them and need a professional to check that they are still in working order. Having a professional look after the smoke alarm like SMA means that you can be safe guarded against any injury claims or dismissal of any possible insurance claims. When SMA inspect a property, they issue a compliance certificate which gives a measure of protection for the landlord. Frequently asked questions are located on their website
If you currently do not have this service and wish to do so please don’t hesitate to contact our office on 4842 2707

2019 Cattle Sales & Events

Fri 5th April-  Monthly Cattle Sale Braidwood

Thurs 11th April – Combined Weaner Sale

Fri 3 May – Monthly Cattle Sale Braidwood

Saturday 4th May – Clearing Sale
A/C: RC & DE Grant, Monkittee Farm, Clyde Road Braidwood. Outside entries invited. More details to follow

Fri 17th May – Landmark Blue Ribbon Sale

Thursday 23rd May – Landmark Braidwood Trade Day



February News


With Richard Walker Winter cereals and ryegrass sowings have commenced in the Braidwood district.  Average rainfall in January has given many producers the opportunity to sow early.

Supply of cereals is still tight with Blackbutt oats selling out, however Bimbil is still available. This year we have a new oat available called EziGraze, which will be suited to the Braidwood district.
Ryegrass availability is ok with Landmark having many varieties in stock. Please talk to Richard or Roger about the varieties and which is the best suited to your property. Ordering now will help us have the variety you want in stock.
Spraying of blackberry in February is ideal, with soil moisture available. The following products are available in stock: Grazon, Grassup, Metsulfuron,

Stinger and Ransake.
Bracken fern is best sprayed at this time of the year as the fronds are fully open allowing the chemical to penetrate through the leaves into the rhizomes. Metsulfuron and Stinger are the preferred products to control bracken fern. A penetrant such as Pulse, Hotup or Consume, will enhance the chemical to perform better.
Remember, soil testing is an important tool in determining requiements for your pasture or fodder crop. Give Richard or Roger a call to discuss an appointment for testing. A full recommendation  is also supplied with the service.



With Roger Garnsey

Winter cropping options
Growers are often looking at this time of year to get a winter crop in before Braidwood show day (as the general local rule of thumb) & with the recent storm activity, soil moisture levels are better than they have been for a long time. Some winter cropping options include:
1. Winter cereals: early sown forage oats varieties such as Blackbutt, Eurabbie & Bimbil have worked well & are very reliable even in dry autumns. Produce large amounts of early winter feed which compete strongly against weeds, ready for grazing 6-8 weeks after sowing. Tolerant of acidic soils;


Annual & Italian ryegrasses: for slightly later sowing than forage oats (ideally soil temps should be <15oC) but provided extended late season quality. Ready for grazing 10-12 weeks after sowing;

3. Forage brassica: autumn sown brassicas work very well & local trials have shown brassicas produce more winter bulk than even oats or ryegrass. Suitable for well fallowed paddocks with low weed burden & low soil acidity. Can be selectively cleaned for annual grass weeds. 10-12 weeks to grazing.


Tillage radish: forage radish similar to pasja but more acid tolerant. Large taproot, capable of penetrating soils to alleviate compaction. 6-8 weeks to grazing. Rapid maturity & can withstand 1-2 heavy grazings.

5. High Density Forage Legume mix: blend of annual clovers for soils with low soil acidity. Produces less winter feed than other options but fixes high levels of Nitrogen in the soil & produces late season, high quality feed, suitable for hay or silage. Can be selectively cleaned for annual grass weeds. 10-12 weeks to grazing.
For further information on winter cropping options, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.



With Reg O’connell

Banking Royal Commission Woes


As mentioned in our December newsletter, there has been a downturn in property sales due to the Banking Royal Commission, resulting in a delay in finance approvals. This l

ooks to be a sign of things to come as lending institutions look much closer into finance applications. What would take two weeks in the past now takes up to six, especially for commercial or rural properties.

We are fortunate in our local market, particularly in recent times, that we have more cash buyers, or those not needing a large proportion of the purchase price to be financed.
Braidwood is still very much sought after and demand is good right across all sections of the market, with some properties being sold without the need for advertising at all. W

e keep a data base of buyers who enquire for property and keep contact when new listings appear.
The Braidwood Ridge development continues to be popular with 6 blocks already sold in stage 3, which is still to be registered, and won’t be ready to build on for another 3 months. Stage 3 is at the top of the ridge and has views in all directions. The blocks are around 1000m2 to 1300m2 and compete favourably with Bungendore, or even more favourably with the newer areas of Canberra. This is leading to a change in our demographic, but is also bringing with it a boost to our local economy.
The Dargue’s Gold mine at Majors Creek is well under way and is also bringing new people to the area either renters or buyers, both good for our local economy. The mine also prefers to use local suppliers which helps us all.
We are going through an interesting period in the growth of Braidwood and are very lucky to be a part of a wonderful community, which is one of the many reasons more people are calling Braidwood home.

January 2019

FROM THE CORNER With Richard Walker

Happy New Year from the team at Landmark. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year and is ready for a favourable 2019.

Landmark have been planning this year’s winter forage season with purchases of Oats and Ryegrass. Certainly, supply of Oats will be tight, especially Blackbutt. The second week of January we will harvest the Blackbutt and be ready for supply by the end of January. Please place orders for Oats and Ryegrass to avoid disappointment.

Varieties available: Blackbutt, Bimble/Cooba, Massive, Lavish, Ryegrass, Tetila, Astound, Winter Star/Ascend, Maverick, Concord II, Hulk, Meroa, Shogun and others on request.

Pasture seed varieties will be in better supply this year and hopefully you will be able to secure your preferred variety.


AGRONOMY With Roger Garnsey

The importance of summer weed control Finally the season starts to turn & we can see some significant rainfall having a

major impact on our pastures. However, it is also impacting on summer fallows. It is vital to keep these summer weeds under control in summer fallows. Research by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) has shown that controlling summer weeds delivers an average $5.57 for every dollar invested in weed control costs.

The measured increase in water use efficiency (WUE) and wheat yield was consistent across a range of seasons and soil types and resulted from conserved soil moisture and mineralised nitrogen that would otherwise have been used by the weeds. Controlling summer weeds rather than leaving them for feed increased average farm income by about $74/ha at Hopetoun and $78/ha at Temora.

Further studies into stubble management showed retaining stubble had no effect on stored soil moisture or wheat yield with the conclusion being that only very high stubble loads are able to reduce soil water evaporation. Research from WA showed that retaining stubble loads of 2.4 to 5.8t/ha did not result in more stored soil moisture or higher crop yields.

To keep your fallows clean this summer, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


REAL ESTATE With Reg O’Connell

And what will 2019 bring? The banking royal commission has certainly influenced the metropolitan markets and will to some extent have an effect on our local real estate market. We are lucky in the fact that we were still lagging behind those busy and somewhat hectic city markets and are still looked upon as relatively good value.

The recent rain activity has seen much greener pastures and with all the usual seasonal traffic has certainly generated a lot of enquiry for grazing and lifestyle properties from walk in enquiry to our office and from internet and phone enquiries. There are still few good grazing properties available, and lifestyle or weekenders are very rare. with buyers now searching much further afield.

Regardless of what direction the market takes, if you are buying and selling at the same time in the same market it makes no difference. Sure, you may be selling for less, but what you are buying will also be less – it’s all relative.

Most vendors are upgrading to a more expensive property, so a downturn in the market can be to their advantage.

Anyone wishing to just chat about our local real estate market or would like some obligation free advice you are always welcome to call into our office on the corner of Wallace and Duncan Streets.

Happy New Year to all.


ANIMAL HEALTH    It’s Barber’s Pole Season

Barber’s Pole worm is not confined to summer rainfall areas. It can also be found in temperate winter rainfall areas when the conditions are right. These conditions (daily maximum temperature > 18 degrees with adequate moisture levels) coupled with the prolific laying capacity of female Barber’s worms mean that a small population can quickly become a serious problem.

If conditions in your area have been conductive to the reproduction of Barber’s Pole worms, we suggest that you have your clients undertake a worm egg count with a larval differentiation test. If the results come back high for Barber’s Pole, then consider using Tridectin to clean them out.

Tridectin, the only moxidectin based three-way drench has a 14-day persistency claim against moxidectin sensitive Barber’s Pole worm. Moxidectin the most potent and persistent mectin and delivers powerful and lasting broad-spectrum control of worms in sheep.



SCIENTIFIC NAME   Lolium multiflorum


  • An elite long-season, tetraploid Italian ryegrass
  • Excellent seedling vigour and winter growth.
  • Rapid establishment
  • Excellent palatability
  • Extremely good recovery from grazing and cutting
  • Disease resistant


  • Broadleaf tetraploid Italian
  • Bred to persist for 2-3 years under suitable conditions


A very late flowering plant designed to produce good quality feed late into the spring. Days to flowering relative to Nui (0) = +17


Medium to High rainfall zones and irrigation. A reliable spring is essential to maximise production potential

COMPARABLE TO • Aston, Emmerson, Feast II, Jeanne, Mona, Nourish, Thumper.


Meroa is well adapted to a wide range of fertility levels and soil profiles, but performs best in a well-drained loam. Tetraploid annuals will cope with short-term waterlogging provided the growing tip is above water. To maximise stand productivity, soil testing is advisable. Analyse soil and neutralise deficiencies with fertiliser and/or lime.


Good base rates of phosphorus are necessary for maximum DM production especially during establishment phase. DM production is directly related to nitrogen availability. Consult your Landmark agronomist for nitrogen application rates.


Sow at 25-30kg/ha alone or 5-15kg/ha when a component of a pasture blend. Sow seed no deeper than 1cm in a fine but firm seed bed. Sow into bared ground if direct drilling. Lightly harrow and roll to improve germination. Suitable for oversowing into an established stand. Pasture productivity is directly related to successful plant establishment.

SUGGESTED USE: Beef, dairy, sheep, lamb, hay, silage.

Dyna-Gro Seed: The Dyna-Gro® product range is exclusive to Landmark and designed and driven by the demands of our local market. The Dyna-Gro® commitment to providing the most state-of-the-art seed solutions is unrivalled in Australia and makes Dyna-Gro® your number one choice in seed.


Pro-Reel ® Twin Traymount Sprayer

The Pro-Reel® twin is a traymounted sprayer ideally suited for high pressure spraying duties requiring two operators.

Double your output with the Pro-Reel® twin traymount range of sprayers.

Twin 100m Pro-Reels combined with the high output 40l/min @ 40 bar (580psi) petrol engine driven pump allows the operators to cover large areas of hand spraying quickly.

Each Pro-Reel® can be activated independently of each other for seamless operation.

Available in tank sizes 400, 600, 800 or 1000L which are low mounted and feature smooth internal wall tank for easy decontamination with a complete drain sump.

January Special – $12,400   SAVE $1000



November newsletter

FROM THE CORNER With Richard Walker

October, for many in the Braidwood district, was a welcome relief after a tough winter. Follow-up rain and runoff to dams will be required shortly to ensure a good summer.

Fodder supplies have improved with canola, wheaten hay readily available. However, their supplies will tighten up if no follow-up rain occurs across the state. Lucerne hay in large and small bales are available from the store.

Manildra pellets are now available but still at elevated pricing as grain supplies on the eastern seaboard are limited. All pellets will maintain their high pricing until a good harvest occurs (ie: 12 months).

Calf marking is underway and joining of cows has started. With the tough season we have had, animal health is a priority to give the calves the best possible start.

Trace elements are important for all classes of cattle and can be administered through injections such as Multimin and Selovin are ideal pre-joining for both cows and bulls.

We have a presentation on Wednesday 21st November at the Servicemen’s Club, starting at 4.30pm. Gareth Kelly from Boehringer Ingelheim is the tech services manager and a highly regarded parasitologist. He will be presenting a programme on weaner management and an update on resistance of worms and liverfluke in cattle. The presentation will be for 90 minutes and will be worth the effort to attend.

Weaner Management Presentation

Wednesday 21st November 1, 2018 4.30pm Braidwood Servicemen’s Club

Topic: Weaner management and Worm resistance Presented by Dr Gareth Kelly Technical Services Manager Boehringer Ingelheim

Light refreshments on conclusion of presentation. RSVP Friday 16th November

Landmark Braidwood 4842 2405


Getting heavier calves to market

Unweaned Angus calves, from about one month of age to 6 months of age, obtain over 50% of the energy they require for growth from pasture. While pasture quality and quantity is extremely important for calf growth, other factors, such as internal parasites, can have negative effects on growth.

Pastures and worms challenge calves

Worm larvae on pasture builds up during lactation. Grazing cows have been shown to have increased worm egg counts at calving. As young calves develop, they transition their diet from being dependent on milk to increasing pasture consumption. Increased pasture consumption also exposes them to the infective worm larvae which live on the pasture. Both calves and the cows that are infected with worms will contribute more worm eggs to the paddock, which increases the worm burden in the cattle. Pastures with cow-calf units can carry a significant worm challenge.

Young cattle have limited immunity to diseases and parasites, and likely to be in an environment suitable for high parasite challenge. This challenge can have significant effects on liveweight gain, with most production loss caused within six months of weaning.

Worms not only reduce liveweight gain, but cause poor utilisation of high-quality pastures, as worm infected stock eat less pasture and spend less time grazing.

Young cattle have limited immunity to diseases and parasites, and likely to be in an environment suitable for high parasite challenge. This challenge can have significant effects on liveweight gain, with most production loss caused within six months of weaning.


Insect pests in summer crops

To ease the pressure on feed demands over the summer, several local growers have established summer crops, such as forage brassica, forage sorghum & millet. These crops need to be monitored for insect pests to ensure optimum growth & survival.

For forage brassica, the main pests at this time of year are Diamondback moth & Cabbage white butterfly. Both of these moths can lay large numbers of egg larvae which increase dramatically in a short space of time, especially if the crop comes under moisture stress – so early control is needed. These pests have also proven difficult to control with the more common insecticides, as they have built up resistance to this chemistry (e.g. alpha-cypermethrin, dimethoate, chlorpyrifos). As a result, these crops are either treated early with newer chemistry, such as Success Neo (active ingredient: spinetoram), or alternatively grazed heavily to remove the crop (& the feed source for the caterpillars) quickly before resting the crop to allow regrowth.

For forage sorghums & millets, insect pests are less common, but keep an eye out at establishment for patchy emergence. This is usually caused by wireworms or cut worms, which are hard to spot in the paddock as they hide in soil & leaf litter. If you’re not sure, some simple traps can be set up in the paddock as cups (half filled with water) & buried till flush with the soil surface. Check traps each morning for insect pests in the crop & if you need to confirm their identification, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.

REAL ESTATE With Reg O’Connell

The last month has seen some much needed rain and with the warmer weather the region is greening up again. This is now showing properties in their best light with a lot of vendors finally deciding to put their properties on the market. Unfortunately for them there is now more to compete with however this is now bringing a lot more buyers to the area.
Residential demand and sales are still good despite the slower markets in Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra is bucking the trend with continued growth in the market.
Rural sales are generally good with almost no weekender or hobby farm supply, broad acres are always in demand with some cashed up buyers waiting for the right property to hit the market.
Commercial and retail has seen some good activity with some “off market” sales and good demand for those listed.
The last few weeks have seen some buyers who had been hesitant because of the Banking Royal Commission start to act in a more positive direction. This certainly has had a short term effect in the local market, a knee jerk reaction to something  that will probably be better for the industry in the long term.


October Newsletter      Canola Hay & Silage

With Canola Hay coming on line at the moment and it being the cheapest form of protein and energy on the market, it’s wise to consider a number of factors in its quality and application.

“Failed canola can be cut for hay or silage to cover some costs of growing the crop, and is sometimes profitable, but markets can be volatile. Canola hay and silage can be of very good quality if managed correctly. Cut crops for hay can be at risk of weather damage. Crops cut for silage have less curing time (24 to 48 hours), reducing exposure to possible weather damage.

Canola silage tends to be of higher quality than hay, but is less cost effective to transport long distances because of its weight, making it less attractive for trading.

The main consideration for hay buyers is cost per megajoule of digestible energy (MJ). Canola hay can be of excellent quality. However, its quality can vary considerably, and testing is important before feeding to livestock.

Buying and using canola hay

The quality of canola hay depends on a range of factors, so undertaking a feed test will provide an accurate analysis to help determine feed rations. Droughted crops can also be tested for nitrate to avoid nitrate poisoning.

On average, canola has the following nutrient analysis:


■ 18 to 21 per cent crude protein;

■ 63 to 69 per cent dry mater digestibility;

■ 28 to 30 per cent neutral detergent fibre; and

■ 9 to 10 megajoules per kilogram of dry matter of energy.

Silage generally produces better quality feed than hay. the feed quality of canola hay and silage is generally adequate in maintenance rations for sheep and cattle in drought years (table 4).

Safely feeding canola hay and silage Canola hay or silage can be fed to all types of ruminant livestock, provided necessary precautions are taken when introducing these feeds to the diet.

Animals generally find canola hay and silage palatable and waste very little, but can take one or two days to become accustomed to the taste.

Feeding canola hay and silage is safer than grazing a standing crop. It has caused very few problems – especially considering the large quantities of canola hay and silage consumed over recent years. However, farmers must exercise care at all times to minimise risks to stock health.

Managing animal health issues

Most potential health issues can be overcome by undertaking the following guidelines for introducing a new feed into the animals’ diet:

■ test the nitrate level in hay or silage. the level at which nitrate causes toxicity in ruminants depends on a number of factors. Generally, hay or silage with less than 5000 parts per million (ppm) nitrate on a dry matter basis is safe; 5000 to 10,000ppm is potentially toxic when provided as the only feed. forage above 10,000ppm nitrate is considered dangerous but can often be fed safely if diluted with other feedstuffs and supplemented with energy. Stock can sometimes gradually adapt to feed with raised nitrate levels;

■ never offer large amounts of canola hay or silage to hungry stock. Introduce it slowly by replacing part of the diet and increase the proportion of canola hay over a number of days. for contained stock, try to offer a mixture of fodder types, at least for the first two weeks of using canola;

■ introduce the feed to only a few animals, as described above, monitoring them closely for several days before introducing the canola hay or silage to the other animals; and

■ never feed livestock ‘silage’ before complete fermentation, as it can lead to nitrate poisoning.

Other considerations to avoid health complications are:

■ including another fodder source so up to 60 per cent of the ration is canola hay or silage. Stock should only be fed canola hay as the sole ration as a short-term option. Some dairy farmers limit canola hay or silage to one-third of the ration to ensure no drop in production;

■ conditioning canola hay aggressively to remove any sharp stalk ends; and

■ livestock will consume canola hay with thicker stems more readily if it is chopped. the length of the fibre can affect the digestibility of hay for ruminants. feed mixer wagons that chop the straw into consistent lengths are considered to improve the nutrient availability to the animal through better presentation and consistency in the ration. Milk and meat quality No reports have occurred of tainted milk from cows or tainted meat of lot-fed lambs fed canola hay or silage. this is possibly due to low levels of glucosinolates in canola.

Vendor declarations

Livestock producers should request vendor declarations from forage suppliers, to ensure chemicals are used appropriately and the stockfeed is suitable for stock consumption.

Vendor declarations include:

■ ‘Commodity vendor declarations’, used for primary feeds such as grain. Available from the Meat and Livestock Australia website and,

■ ‘fodder vendor declarations’, used for hay and silage. Available from the Australian fodder Industry Association website.

SOURCE GRDC Fact Sheet 9/2010

Acknowledgements: Paul Parker and Nigel Phillips, I&I NSW; Nick McClelland, Australian Fodder Industry Association; Garry Hallam, Vic DpI; Felicity Pritchard, PACE – Pritchard Agricultural Consulting and Extension.


AGRONOMY WITH ROGER GARNSEY   Are your weeds under under stress?

When using herbicides for weed control, it is always best to apply the herbicide treatment when the weeds are young & actively growing and not under stress. If low rainfall persists into spring, severe moisture stress and physical barrier such as dust can settle on the surface if the leaf which can impact on how the weed is able to take up herbicides and the subsequent level of control.

Stressed weeds are harder to kill than healthier, actively growing weeds & sometimes may not show any distinct visual signs. Tough, aggressive weeds, such as scotch thistle & fleabane, can appear to be green & healthy, but may be under severe stress due to temperature or moisture stress. Translocation & respiration slow dramatically when plants are stressed due to adverse environmental conditions, restricting movement of herbicides to their sites of action. The thick hairs on the leaves also add a barrier against herbicide absorption making weed control challenging.

If in doubt, wait until after a significant rainfall event. This will improve the moisture status of the plant & remove dust form the leaf surface. Consider adding in spray additives (ammonium sulfate), oils & wetting agents.

For further information on spring spraying, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429 625 880.


REAL ESTATE WITH REG O’CONNELL        Just 83 shopping days until Christmas!

That’s right and we have many new people coming to the area wanting to get settled by the start of the new year. Anyone thinking of moving to Braidwood calls into our busy Real Estate office. Only in the last week we have taken enquiries from over 8 families wanting to move to the local area without anything to offer.

A few acres close to town is always in demand or a few more, say 100 a little further out with or without a house.

One vacant 200 acre lot this week sold the same day of listing and 2 other buyers missed out! This situation arises regularly and with the current lack of listings looks like continuing.

My recent newsletter articles suggesting landholders who have land surplus to their needs consider selling has prompted a few to carve off some of their less productive land to be sold for lifestyle buyers. These landholders have been surprised with the results and also the interest in what they thought held little value.

Braidwood Ridge continues to sell well with just one block remaining at $167,500 in Stage 1. Stage 3 is now available and starts at $200,000, these are larger, more elevated lots many suiting a homestead design.

Right across the board our local Real Estate market is moving very well indeed with good sales in residential, commercial and rural. As usual if you are thinking of selling or would just like to chat about the market in general please feel free to drop in our Real Estate office.



We have seen an upturn in the Braidwood Rental market lately with not enough properties to service the demand! As the cost of living is rising many people are looking for a change of pace and are realising the many benefits of country living. This is definitely a positive for our local community with many applicants mentioning they have heard we have great schools and a vibrant community spirit. It is hopeful that this interest will be continued well into the future.

The most common property that people are looking for is a 3 bedroom, 1/2 bathroom with a minimal yard or properties with a little bit or acreage. If you have been thinking of renting out your property, please don’t hesitate to give us a call for an obligation free appraisal.


September Newsletter

FROM THE CORNER with Richard Walker

Hopefully in September we will start to see encouraging signs of a changed weather pattern. The winter months have been some of the most challenging times for many graziers in the Braidwood district.

As we transition into spring there will be many animal health issues to contend with especially around calving. Grass tetney, pregnancy toxaemia and ketosis are some of the key problems. We have in stock products to help with some of these issues – MidMag, Fabstock, Vytrate, Molofos, Lick Blocks, Minject-flopacks, Ketol, Grazemax Extreme, Causmag and Generade Liquid
The Molofos we have in stock is called ‘Grazing Transition’ which has added magnesium with other minerals and vitamins to help combat the above issues.
Many feeds, pellets, hay etc are in extremely tight supply. Please talk to Richard so a plan can be put in place.
Summer forage crops will be in demand this year. Once again, tight supplies will be a problem with some varieties already short.
Millet Seed will definitely be short and increasing in price each week. Order now as limited stocks will occur.
Sorghum products suited to the area include BMR Rocket, Superdan 2, BMR Octane and Sprint.
Talk to Roger or Richard for more information.
Brassica products are available and a good choice for early sowing in Spring. Titan Rape and Pasja II are in stock ready to sow.
Urea is in demand as graziers are topdressing winter forage crops such as oats and Ryegrass. We have urea in stock at old pricing.
It is great to see the initiative with the Braidwood community Tune Up, with so many different parts of the community supporting this important day.



AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsy

Nitrogen tie up in cereal stubbles

With minimal till now the order of the day, the effect of trash on Nitrogen availability needs to be considered. High amounts of retained stubble, especially high C:N ratio cereal stubble, can result in Nitrogen tie-up. This can lead to a temporary Nitrogen deficiency in the crop that can affect dry matter production & grain yield.

This Nitrogen tie-up is closely linked to microbial activity in the soil. Soil microbes source their energy from crop residues (carbon). However, the low Nitrogen content in cereal stubbles means soil microbes initially need to use the existing soil mineral Nitrogen to grow & will therefore actively compete with plants for this soil Nitrogen.

Several NSW trials examined the effects of cereal stubbles on Nitrogen availability & came up with the following major findings:

  • wheat yield were reduced by up to 0.3 t/ha where stubble has been retained compared to paddocks where stubble has been removed (burnt);
  • loss of grain yield due to stubble retention was worse in wetter seasons due to higher crop demand for Nitrogen;
  • grazing stubbles over summer did not reduce the grain yield of the crop, however it did increase soil Nitrogen levels prior to sowing.

To reduce the effects of Nitrogen tie-up:

  • reduce stubble loads by baling, grazing or burning
  • apply more Nitrogen at sowing (ideally deep banded for improved uptake efficiency). As a guide, apply 5 kg Nitrogen/tonne of cereal residue.

Operating by these simple rules of thumb will assist growers in maximizing winter growth & grain recovery, particularly in paddocks where successive winter cereals are grown.

For further information on Nitrogen in your cropping program, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


YARD TALK with Charlie Croker


These x/b lambs sold for $250

Hi everyone, Charlie Croker here with your livestock report for the August 2018.
Yass Selex
The best of the Heavy cows reached 230c per kg
Medium cows 160-180c per kg
Light Feeder steers made 255-261c per kg
Light Restocker steers reached 230-280c per kg
Best of the restocker Heifers made 216c per kg
Sheep/ lambs
Lamb is still roaring up and up, with this week hitting $337.20 for a pen of lambs in wagga this week. New season lambs are tipping $10 per kg in the market.
Yass sheep and lamb sale 27/6/18
Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $182
The best of the Merino Wethers made up to $140
Store lambs sold from $78 –  $134
Trade lambs in Yass last week sold from $154 – $220
The best heavy weight lambs sold from 195- $293
Big congratulations to Robert Laurie and team, after their lambs topped at $290 in wagga last week! Well done guys
Please contact Charlie Croker for all your livestock marketing needs 0447 203 776

Upcoming sales

The monthly Braidwood sale is the first Friday of every month

Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss vale 

For all inquiries or bookings please call Charlie 0447 203 776


Real Estate with Reg O’connell

It’s all doom and gloom if you believe the media reports-interest rates up, prices down. In reality the local Braidwood market is doing as well as it ever has. We are still a much better alternative to areas closer to the more populated cities and a much better lifestyle. This has now been discovered and continues to be discovered by more escaping from the cities every day. As a result, prices continue to improve and the number of listings continues to decrease- we are in a seller’s market.

A recent visit by a film crew for a new TV program modelled on the successful British program “Escape from The City” exemplified Braidwood’s popularity with almost nothing available to show them. This program goes on the search on behalf of buyers wanting a specific area and property. In this case the search criteria was around 40 hectares with 3-4 bedroom home within around 40 minutes from town, creek or river frontage would be good but not essential. This would have been an ideal opportunity to showcase what Braidwood has to offer especially on the back of other recent media coverage and is another example of how popular this area is becoming. The program will go to air around this time next year.

A number of good sales have been recorded throughout the region both in town, with some properties selling within days of listing and larger rural properties, despite the current drought situation still very much in demand.

Spring is here and with it comes the buyers wanting to be here for Christmas and have their kids at school for the new year. It may sound a long way off but any real estate transaction usually takes 10 to 12 weeks to progress to settlement, this puts us at mid-November, so if you are thinking of selling now is the time to get the process started.

We welcome anyone just wanting a chat about the local market or more specific advice to call into our real estate office on the corner of Wallace and Duncan Streets.

Reg O’Connell

Licenced Real Estate Agent/ Licenced Business Agent

Office: 02 48422 707    Mob: 0402 833 344



From the Corner

With Richard Walker

NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package

The release of the of the NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package this week has been very welcome, however there is still some clarity needed around the processing of claims.

As soon as we know more, we will let our clients know.


The three major elements of the $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package are:
· Approximately $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies
· Approximately $100 million for cutting the cost of farming fees and charges – by waiving Local Land Services rates, waiving fixed water charges in rural and regional areas, and waiving class one agricultural vehicle registration costs, among other initiatives, and
· $150 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund (FIF) infrastructure program; The package also includes funding for: · Counselling and mental health;
· Critical services in regional communities including transporting water and drought related road upgrades and repairs;
· Animal welfare and stock disposal. The NSW Rural Assistance Authority will begin processing applications from Monday August 6.
For more information on the NSW Government’s emergency drought relief package visit

Drought Transport Subsidies

The NSW Government will offer a transport subsidy of up to $20,000 per eligible farm business.

The subsidy can cover 50% of the full cost of freight up to a maximum of $5 per kilometre and 1,500 kilometres per journey, so the maximum subsidy per journey would be $3,750.

The subsidy can be applied for the cost of transporting fodder, water to a property for stock, stock to and from agistment, and stock to sale or slaughter.

The subsidy will be back-dated so farmers can access subsidies for freight expenses incurred since 1 January 2018.

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) will begin processing applications for Drought Transport Subsidies from Monday, 6 August 2018.

Contact the NSW RAA for more information on 1800 678 593 or visit NSW RAA [link:$1-billion-in-support-to-help-farmers-through-worsening-drought.pdf].


Now available – Header straw 8 x 4 x 3 bales $187

Clover Hay 8 x 4 x3 $319

Ambos Sheep and Cattle Bulk Bags available and 20kg bags


Molofos –

With soaring prices and reduced supply of quality cereals and hay, utilising low quality hay, stubble or straw with Molafos has become an attractive option for many livestock producers.

Benefits   For those reluctant to invest in tubs and without the luxury of mixing wagons, pouring Molafos on hay or straw increases palatability, digestibility and subsequently intake.  Importantly, it provides the necessary energy, protein and essential minerals to help maintain ruminants when there is little else available.

Application – Molafos can be poured directly onto small or large bales of hay or straw, ideally a day or two prior to feeding to allow it to penetrate. Pouring it onto the cut end of the bale enhances penetration as may probing the bales with hay forks.
Rate – The rate of Molafos applied per bale will of course vary depending on individual circumstances, however 20-60kg of Molafos per large bale should provide a sufficient dose.
Diluting with Water – Diluting the Molafos with water is also an option to aid penetration and enable better coverage.  The volume of water used needs to be considered, as increasing the moisture content can reduce the time to hay spoilage.

Not for Horses – Be sure to keep your horses away as Molafos is designed for ruminants only!

Learn more – Before embarking on a new application program we recommend you read our tech or for more articles in the Put Simply series see

AGRONOMY – WITH Roger Garnsey

Spring feed options to grow your way out of the drought

The dry is continuing to bite hard in the local area & thoughts turn to spring & options available to grow as much feed as possible to replenish feed reserves & put the feed wagon back in the shed for a while.

The following provides a diverse list of options for croppers & graziers to grow their way out of the current drought this spring. This is of course dependent on the rainfall pattern turning around, but having a plan when it rains is critical as opposed to no plan at all:

  • Consider growing a short term forage crop, such as forage brassica (sown August/September), forage sorghum or millet (sown November). These crops vary in quality & cost, but under correct preparation, can provide large quantities of summer feed. Forage sorghum & millet can also be conserved as silage/hay;
  • To fill the silage pit or hay shed this spring, there are several options available, including:
  • Late winter sown forage oats: avoid sowing into late September/October as these crops will quickly mature & only produce stem & seed head;
  • Italian ryegrass: such as Concord II or Maverick (for late spring/summer feed) can be sown in late winter/early spring to provide valuable spring feed & opportunity silage/hay. Cheaper annual ryegrass options, such as Tetila can also be used as a ‘one year’ wonder;
  • Pea/oat mixes: these mature in around 90 days & provide a large bulk of feed for silage or hay, but require a higher sowing rate & are generally more costly. Grazing is not a preferred option for these crops as the peas will not recover after grazing. There are several commercial mixes available (e.g. Renovator spring silage blend) or you can blend your own mix, but make sure you stick with the true forage oat (@60-70 kg/ha) & pea varieties (@90-100 kg/ha) to grow a leafy, high quality forage.
  • You don’t always have to grow a crop to get out of a drought. Maximise the growth of existing pastures by addressing soil fertility issues. A well fertilized pasture grows at 10 – 15 kg DM/ha/mm, compared to unfertilised pastures at 2 – 5 kg DM/ha/mm. So ensure that at the very least your most productive paddocks have been topdressed with an appropriate phosphate fertilizer to ensure optimum growth when it does rain. If in doubt, soil test paddocks to make an informed decision on fertilizer choice & rate. This is one of the cheapest methods of growing spring feed;
  • Utilise Nitrogen fertilisers to maximize growth of winter forage crops. You have spent the money to establish these crops, so it makes sense to maximize your spring yield with a soluble Nitrogen fertilizer, such as urea (ideally ahead of a rainfront). Do not graze for 3-4 weeks after topdressing.

For further information on spring cropping & fertilizer options, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


REAL ESTATE – With Reg O’Connell

The last month has seen a slow down in sales throughout the region. The reason for this is not what the media is reporting on in the larger cities, mainly Sydney, but because there is very little for sale. The enquiry rate for property in the Braidwood area is still high with many frustrated buyers ready to buy with nothing to look at. We are now seeing buyers from the Canberra area looking in this area more so than before, the Canberra market is kicking on very well and it is filtering into our region.

Surprisingly with the current drought situation there are still enquiries for grazing land (5 last week alone!). Of course, properties with good water are always in demand but even more so at the moment.

With the outlook for decent rain not good for some time, now might be the time to split off that piece of land that you have been thinking about. Weekenders are in huge demand and with Spring not too far away demand will only increase. You might not think there will be any interest but you would be surprised what people see in what we would normally consider as scrub or unproductive country.

Vacant residential land and new houses in Braidwood Ridge are getting a lot of attention. There are now only 2 blocks available in the first stage at $167,500 which is great value, the blocks in the later stages are selling up to $205,000.

As usual anyone thinking of selling is encouraged to contact or call in to our office on “Real Estate” corner.




July Newsletter


With Richard Walker

The new financial year has begun with an emphasis on feed, not fertilizer, which is a stark contrast to the last two years.  The next three months will bring many challenges to most farms in the district.

With calving starting, many cows and heifers will come under stress until conditions change in the spring. Ensuring animal health practices are up to date with Fluke in both sheep and cattle being prevalent.  Stock have been grazing along wet areas where the Fluke have been picked p by the animal. There are various products to treat Fluke.

Cattle: Fasinex 240, Nitromec, Avomec Plus pour-on, Ivomec Plus, Fasimec Pour-on and Tremacide.

Sheep: Fasinex, Avomec Duel, Q Drench, Closicare and Tremacide.

Talk to Richard regarding the right product for your livestock.

With the demands for feed, it’s important that you plan your requirements for your livestock. Landmark has many feed sources in stock and it is best if you pre-order to avoid disappointment, or allow time for delivery, such as hay products.

Products available

Lucerne Hay 8x4x3 Approx. 560kg

Vetch Hay 8x4x3 Approx. 670kg

Oaten Hay 8x4x3 Approx. 520kg

Molofos in stock- bring containers to fill up.


Cattle Feeder – Heavy Duty
Easy slide adjustment delivers 150–300 g/head/day
2400 L x 1510 W x 1760 H
3 m2 capacity (approx. 2 tonnes grain)
Fully galvanised construction (including bolts)
RHS base for extra strength
Unique tray design to minimise waste
Sliding lid for easy filling

Livestock Ruminant Pellet bulk bag

Ambos 14% beef pellet 20kg

Ambos 18% calf pellet Bulk Bag

Ambos sheep and cattle Nut 20kg

Coprice Calf Pellet 20kg & bulk bag

Manildra Pellets: limited supply bulk bags


Agricon Drimol 10 (100kg, 40kg and 20kg)

Peak 50 (30kg and 16kg)

Grass Tetney (40kg and 20kg)

Beefmaster (40kg and 15kg)

Dominator 10% (100kg, 40kg and 15kg)

Cul/Mol 10% 19kg

Lactovite 19kg.

We have a range of Boyds feeders in stock to feed out both pellets and hay. Pellets will require some management to avoid issues such as acidosis.  If soil moisture becomes available Urea may be an option on your crops to give a much-needed boost. Other products such as Progibb and Maximum-N-Pact, will also enhance growth in your crops.


Avoiding insecticide resistance

AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey

Along with herbicide resistance, insecticide resistance is on the increase in our farming systems.

In 2006, insecticide resistance was first noted in red legged earthmite (RLEM) populations in the cropping zones of WA. It was largely confined to the western state until 2016 when RLEM populations in South Australia were found to be resistant to synthetic pyrethroids (including bifenthrin & alpha-cypermethrin) & organophosphates (including omethoate & chlorpyrifos). Insecticide resistance has also been found in green peach aphid populations. Clearly, the writing is on the wall: insecticide resistance is on the increase.

How to manage insecticide resistance

Some of the key messages for minimizing resistance include:

  • Rotate chemistry: If applying multiple insecticides within a season, rotate chemistry mode of action. For example, use omethoate (e.g. Le mat) early in the season but switch to alpha-cypermethrin (e.g. Fastac duo) for your spring Timerite spray;
  • Monitor RLEM populations before applying an insecticide. For instance, when applying a broadleaf herbicide in winter, check for insect numbers before including an insecticide to see if its warranted;
  • Apply a spring Timerite spray in paddocks where a high risk crop/pasture is to be sown next year. Avoid successive applications of a spring Timerite spray, year in year out, in the same paddock. This will only increase the chance of developing a RLEM resistant population.

However: a bare earth, preventative insecticide, such as bifenthrin (e.g. Talstar) should always be included in your sowing plan to provide protection to a new pasture or high risk crop (such as forage brassica or canola) which is vulnerable to insect attack. It is repeated applications of the same insecticide that should be avoided.

Growers also have a free RLEM insecticide resistance testing service available to them this year (funded through GRDC). This service is particularly for growers who have experienced a failure in control of RLEM following application of insecticide. For further information on this service, samples should be sent to Cesar Australia, refer to

For further information on managing insecticide resistance, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.



With Reg O’Connell

There’s been a lot of talk about property prices taking a tumble more recently, as there has been for some time. The fact is, when the market is up there is only one way the media will talk it, and that’s down. Frankly, the government won’t allow a property crash to occur for a number of reasons. You just have to look at what they have done in the past: generous tax breaks for investors, first home buyer grants, building grants, quicker planning approval for new housing developments. Also, a relatively relaxed banking sector, which has the freedom to lend out larger amounts of money at record low interest rates is a factor, along with all the policies and schemes to keep our property market growing.

The Winter months are usually a quieter period in Real Estate only because it is perceived that a better time to sell in Spring or Summer – nothing could be further from the truth. The only reason it could be quieter is because vendors are more hesitant to put their properties on the market. Consequently, there are fewer available and fewer to compete with, so you stand out from the rest. So, whatever you are planning to do, buy or sell, the time is now.



May and June is the time of year that businesses purchase new vehicles, machinery and other equipment to take advantage of EOFY sales/benefits. Being such a busy time of the year, taking out insurance on these purchases is sometimes overlooked. This may leave you out of pocket if you are unfortunate enough to experience damage that could have been covered under an insurance policy. This is where we can assist. If you would like a quote, please call your local contact Kylie Walker on 044 727 3158 or 02 4842 2405 or Donna Sticker Landmark’s Insurance Broker on 0409 566 382 or 02 4824 1433.


MARKET REPORT With Charlie Croker


Hi everyone Charlie Croker here with your livestock report for the 29th of June 2018.

Times have been tough around the area for a while now, and I’m sure everyone is feeding stock like crazy. On the up side rain has fallen around the state and it has had a good effect on the cattle market. Heavy and feeder cattle feeling the best of it, light steers and heifers have started to get better also.

Yass Selex 28/6/18

Grown steers to 288c per kg

The best of the Heavy cows were much better making up to 238c per kg

Feeder steers made up to 280 – 318c per kg

Light restocker steers reached 240c-290c per kg

Best of the restoker Heifers made 265c per kg

Rain is helping things, but we still have a few cold months ahead of us. There are a lot of good feedlot rates around at the moment, so give me a call if you’re interested.

Sheep/ lambs

The sheep and lamb market goes from strength to strength, with hook rates for lamb hitting $7.00 per kg and better. Heavy lambs are hitting all-time highs ($276 Australian record in wagga this week). Mutton is on fire also.

Yass sheep and lamb sale 27/6/18

These angus cows made 228.2c per kg

Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $199.20

The best of the Merino Wethers made up to $140

Store lambs sold from $84 to $121

Trade lambs in Yass last week sold from $136 to $170

The best heavy weight lambs sold for $192

Upcoming sales

The monthly Braidwood sale is the first Friday of every month

Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss vale

All inquiries or bookings call Charlie Croker, for all your livestock marketing needs.



June Newsletter

AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey  –  Getting the most out of winter crops in the dry

With the extended dry conditions this winter, it has never been more important to maximize the growth from autumn sown forage crops, such as forage oats & Italian ryegrass.

Last year, in a particularly dry winter, in a replicated trial, I applied the following products to a range of pastures & forage crops at the Braidwood pasture trial site:

  • Awaken: containing 16% Nitrogen & 2% Potassium + chelated micronutrients). Apply early stage of growth as the name suggests for improved root system & early DM
  • Maximum N-Pact: is a foliar applied Nitrogen source (24% N), which is stable (less prone to losses through leaching or gas formation). Improved uptake & translocation through the plant & improved DM.
  • Gala: gibberellic acid for leaf extension & additional winter feed
  • ESN: Environmentally Smart Nitrogen (ESN) is a polymer coated urea product (containing 44% N), which acts to slowly release Nitrogen to the plant as it requires it. Reduced losses due to leaching, denitrification & volatilization.
  • Urea/ESN 50:50 blend;
  • Urea (46% Nitrogen).

Dry matter cuts were recorded 3 & 7 weeks later (in June & July), however the only products which produced a significant response under the dry, frosty winter conditions were Gala & ESN. The Gala produced an additional 1500 kg DM/ha (61% extra feed) 3 weeks after application to phalaris and 1178 kg DM/ha (107% response) in brome grass but no response to any other pastures. This response was also seen 7 weeks after application. Forage oats, brassica & Italian ryegrass were not responsive to Gala in this trial.

No response to urea was seen under the dry conditions, however ESN produced an additional 1079 kg DM/ha (24% extra feed) 3 weeks after application in Italian ryegrass. This response with ESN, & not urea, under dry conditions indicates the superior performance of this product under adverse environmental conditions due to reduced volatilization (gas) losses.

For further information on this important local trial work, contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


With Reg O’Connell

With stock prices cooling a little, enquiry for rural land has also slowed. This traditionally occurs at this time of year when the weather turns colder but seems to have come a little earlier this year. Productive properties with water are still in good demand with some good sales being recorded.

The demand for lifestyle properties continues to be high with a constant enquiry from buyers, mostly from Sydney and Wollongong who often appear at our office unannounced ready to buy. This is a good time for anyone who has a spare 100 acres or so that doesn’t provide much income to take advantage of the current situation. It doesn’t need to have any infrastructure or even fencing as usually there won’t be any stock carried and often the buyers would lease the land back to the seller. They just want a bit of space away from the rat race.

Braidwood remains popular with those looking to live in town and although the prices of properties in town may seem on the high side to locals, they can be seen very attractive to those selling in the larger cities. The country lifestyle is increasingly favoured over the busier more populated areas, particularly now with advances in technology offering working from home as an alternative to travel.

In the commercial market as we draw closer to the end of another financial year we will be seeing businesses changing hands, new businesses opening and others expanding which all fares well for our local economy. The next 12 months will see a lot of changes in our town. Landmark currently have no vacant commercial properties for sale or lease, this is a good sign of things to come.


With Holly McGrath

It’s that time of the year again – Tax time

Investment property tax returns can be complex so it’s best to start early to prepare yourself for end of financial year.

The simplest way to maximise your tax refund is to have an understanding on what is and what is not deductible and ensure you are keeping clear and concise expense records.

As a Landlord you can claim Council and Water Rates, Strata Levies, Insurance, Agent Statement fees, Bank fees, Repairs and Maintenance, Interest on Loans and Borrowing costs (eg. Mortgage insurance, application fees etc)* some of these fees may not be eligible for outright tax deductions but may be depreciated over a period of time.

When in doubt – collect your receipts up and pass them along to your accountant.


With Donna Sticker

Winter Weather vs Buildings & Structures!

  • Very low temperatures, frosts and wind can cause property damage
  • Are your insurance policies up-to-date with current building values?
  • We recommend talking to a building professional every few years to obtain accurate rebuild costs and to ensure that ‘Sums insured ‘on your policy reflect this.

RENEWAL DUE? Would you like an ‘obligation free quote’? Please call Kylie at the Braidwood Office on 02 48 422 405 or 044 727 3158 to arrange an appointment with Donna Sticker our local Landmark Insurance Manager (0409 566 382).


Our 24th Annual Trade Day was held instore on Thursday 24th May 2018   Over 70 companies participated in the day


March 2018 News


With Richard Walker

This month of February experienced contrasting weather from drought like conditions to 50 – 100mm rain late in the month. A lot of cereal crops were dry sown eagerly waiting a break which now will give these crops a great start for winter.

The sample of Blackbutt after cleaning returned a germination of 99% and was 99.8% weed free which is a great result combined with AWAKEN and Gaucho has got these crops out of the ground in less than a week. The Bimbil oats also recorded similar results after testing. Most of the annual and Italian Ryegrasses have also been treated and we expect similar results.
We have plenty of Ryegrass in stock.
Annual Ryegrass: Ascend (Winter Star), Tetila, Burst, Atomic.
Biannual Italian Ryegrass: Concord II, Awesome, Maverick, Shogun, Hulk.
Some Perennial grasses, such as Cocksfoot and Phalaris, are in extremely short supply for the 2018 season. After a long hot spring and summer these species had a terrible harvest as most of the Cocksfoot and Phalaris are dryland grown. You may have to substitute varieties this season to have supply. Please talk to Richard or Roger.
This season we have used a new fertilizer that Landmark has been using in Canada and America. A blend of DAP 50% with ESN coated urea 50%. The DAP is available to the plant upfront while the urea is slowly released overtime. This enables the Ryegrass cereal crop to have nitrogen available later in the season. This product will be readily available next season and we also will have trial results from our test plot on the Kings Highway.
Bulk fertilizer is being spread now, and availability is now good, after some supply issues out of Port Kembla.
Lime availability is tight due to the Galong works being shut, so 2 – 3 weeks notice would help in securing supply when required.

AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey

Agronomy trial work this year

It’s going to be a busy year in agronomy around Braidwood this year with a number of interesting trials planned for the area. Following establishment of the perennial pasture trial by Landmark Daniel Walker in spring 2015, ongoing evaluation of the sown pasture varieties will be conducted this year by our consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey.

In addition, the trial will be actively used this year to assess the performance of a range of new products. In March this year, ESN/DAP blends will be sown under Italian ryegrass & forage oats to assess effects on winter feed production, compared to conventional topdressing practices. ESN (Environmentally Smart Nitrogen) is a polymer coated urea product, which acts to slowly release Nitrogen to the plant as it requires it. This results in reduced losses due to leaching & volatilization & allows safer sowing with higher rates of Nitrogen with your seed.

A number of new Loveland products will also be applied in autumn & late winter to a range of pasture & Lucerne varieties to assess their response to these products.

A replicated fertilizer trial has also been established at two sites near Braidwood to assess the performance of a new, slow release Sulphur product. TriplePluS is a high analysis fertilizer containing Phosphorus (17.8%) & Sulphur (11%). Sulphur is formulated in this product in both quick & slow release forms to better match plant demand. This also reduces the chances of Sulphur leaching from the soil profile.

Results arising from these agronomy trials will be reported to Landmark Daniel Walker clients through our spring agronomy field day – so keep an eye out for further details later in the year via our website & newsletter.


With Reg O’Connell

The much welcome rain has finally arrived and is already showing signs of greening the parched pastures throughout the district. Despite this rural properties were still in demand even before the rain with many selling well beyond expectations and in a very short time.

Two properties recently listed by Landmark Braidwood are receiving a lot of enquiry and expected to sell quickly. One is 40 hectares (100 acres) just 5 kilometres towards the coast – “Willow Crossing” is accessed directly off the Kings Highway, has Monkittee Creek flowing through with excellent pasture. The other is 88 hectares (217 acres) on Reservoir Lane, under 4 kilometres east of town -this is all open grazing land, undulating to hilly with some spectacular granite outcrops. This property overlooks Braidwood and has some amazing views in all directions with some wonderful house sites.

In town Braidwood Ridge is creating a lot of discussion with much activity. A new house appeared almost overnight, this prefabricated concrete home had walls and trusses erected in just over a day and is said to be completed in just 8 weeks! Stage 3 is well under way and selling quickly with 4 blocks sold and another 2 under consideration, these blocks are selling off the plan which is a good indication of just how well our local real estate market is faring.

With all this activity taking place we are left short of listings, so as always anyone considering selling is encouraged to contact the friendly team at Landmark Braidwood.


With Holly McGrath

Rental Properties Needed

Landmark Braidwood is a personalised, full service property management agency servicing the Braidwood area, leading the way in Residential and Commercial Property Management.
• Complete property management including maintenance & bill payment service
• No hidden fees
• Licenced and insured contractors to perform repairs & maintenance
• Tenants quickly found and stringent background checks completed
• Members of REINSW and TICA
• We know the area – we live local and support local

As another year commences, the interest in rentals is high. There is demand for rental properties in Braidwood and surrounding areas. If you have been sitting on a property in or out of town, and have considered renting it out – give us a call to arrange a no obligation, free rental market appraisal. Now is the time to take advantage of the low supply of properties on the market and get a return on your property.



Happy New Year and I hope Christmas was enjoyable for your family. January sees many people having a break and planning for the next 12 months and as we are at Landmark.

We are taking orders for the oncoming oats and cereal season. Harvesting of blackbutt oats is happening now and will be cleaned early January so get your orders in to avoid missing out as tonnes are limited.
Due to the average season, other varieties are available such as Cooba, Bimbil, Eurabbie, Massive will be in stock by end of January. Seed treatments will be on most varieties with AWAKEN and GAUCHO becoming standard applications. If you require product in bulk bags or with no treatments, please give me a call to arrange. Ryegrasses will be available early February with some new varieties being added for 2018.
With the warmer months now occurring, the spraying of woody weeds has commenced, especially blackberry and bracken fern. The fronds of the bracken are fully open and blackberry is fruiting allowing for maximum intake of the chemical. Moisture is also very important so ideally spray after rainfall. Talk to Richard or Roger for product information.
Soil testing is now happening and is ideal info for your planning of this year’s cereal or pasture phase. Roger will take tests and give a full recommendation. Turnaround time is 2 weeks for testing and results. We have a soil testing probe in the shop if you would like to do it yourself.
This month’s SPECIALS: 

We have a new line of working boots from ROSSI BOOTS. All Australian made with quality leather. Lace up boots are available with steel caps if required.
The next info tech sheet from Jurox animal health is important if using RAMETIN in your drench programme for sheep. There are several important points on the usage of Rametin. If this info is followed the safety of this product is no issue. For more info on Rametin talk to Richard.


AGRONOMY With Roger Garnsey

The economics of fertiliser topdressing for pasture systems

When it comes to making a decision on fertilizer topdressing, there is sound scientific evidence to show that it pays to fertilise native & introduced pastures.

The Bookham fertiliser trial (conducted by NSW DPI) established in 1993, has shown topdressing native pastures annually resulted in an additional profit of $78/ha for a wool growing enterprise (averaged over the 13 years of the trial), compared to native pasture receiving no Superphosphate over the same period. It is important to stress that this additional profit is driven by an increase in stocking rate (14 DSE/ha, double that of the unfertilized pasture). If you don’t utilize the additional feed grown effectively, the returns are not there!!

An additional analysis of results from the Triple P Program over 1000 sites in SE Australia demonstrated the following results over a 10 year period. This analysis shows the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) based on a capital P application of 62 kg P/ha over the first 3 years & an increase in carrying capacity from 10-17 DSE/ha:

Enterprise Gross Margin $25/DSE Enterprise Gross Margin $50/DSE
Single Super $350/t spread 17% 37%
Single Super $500/t spread 15% 34%

With an increase in Gross Margins in the meat industry in recent times, the higher IRR figures estimated above demonstrate, now more than ever, the profitability associated with fertilizer topdressing.

For further information on these trials or to provide assistance in making the right fertilizer choice, please contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429 625 880.



With the arrival of warmer weather, and a number of sheep farmers beginning to drench their sheep for their first summer drench, it is important to ensure that you are aware of the precautions that should be taken when using NAPfix at this time.
At the time of purchase, clients should be reminded NOT to hold their sheep off food and water for long periods of time (more than an hour or two), and should be given access to food and water shortly after drenching. It is important that drenching is NOT undertaken when environmental temperatures start to reach the high 20’s, as drenching whilst hot increases the risk of the drench entering the airways of the sheep. In addition, sheep should not be stressed or panting whilst being drenched.
When used as recommended, NAPfix has been shown to be both a safe and effective drench.
If you have any questions regarding NAPfix, please contact your local Jurox Territory Manager, or Landmark Braidwood.

from Elizabeth Ferguson  BMedSc BVSc (Hons 1) MVPHMgt
Technical Services Veterinarian – Production Animal – Jurox Pty Limited





As 2017 draws to an end, we can reflect on the challenging weather conditions that this year bought to the Braidwood district. The winter months were very dry and spring was well below average. Winter crops and pastures struggled, and many producers were feeding & selling livestock.

Hopefully 2018 is kinder to us with favourable weather conditions and commodity prices remaining strong.

Landmark is looking forward to 2018 with plenty of new ideas on all facets of the business. We will endeavour to bring these ideas to the producer in the new year.

The planning for next year’s cereal and Ryegrass crops is underway and we are now eagerly waiting the harvesting of the Blackbutt Oat crops. We envisage the yield to be a lot lower this year, so ordering early will avoid disappointment of certain varieties.

After last year’s success with AWAKEN treatment on the oats, we will again treat the oats when cleaning occurs. If you have any variety you would like to grow, please give me a call and we will try to source the grain. Ryegrass varieties have been ordered and this year we will try some new varieties that have performed well in recent Ag Dept. trials. AWAKEN treatment was also successful on the ryegrass and we will treat half the varieties with AWAKEN for the next season.

Fertilizer pricing has not moved over the last 3 months, but a small movement occurred this week rising $10.00 per tonne. Demand will be strong in the Autumn with good beef/lamb/wool prices now occurring, this will put pressure on the supply from leading fertilizer companies. Talk to Richard for more information on seed and fertilizer.

Chemical supply may become tight and upward pressure on price will occur with China closing many factories until March. A wet summer will put pressure on the Glyphosate market and we have already seen prices increase. We have plenty of stock.

Flystrike may be an issue this summer with a wet start. Prevention is better that cure, so talk to Richard or Mark about some of the new flystrike products on the market.

From the team at Landmark Braidwood, we wish all our clients a Merry Christmas and a great New Year. Enjoy the break with your families and we hope 2018 is a successful year.

Landmark Braidwood Merchandise closures

25th December 2017

26th December 2017

1st January 2018

Landmark Braidwood Real Estate closure

24th December 2017 – 2nd January 2018

Christmas Drinks

Friday 22nd December – We hope you can attend with your families.


AGRONOMY with Roger Garnsey

Summer crop insect pests

With the recent summer rains, summer crops have started to flourish. However, so have the insect pests as well. The most common pests for forage brassicas are cabbage white butterfly & the diamond back moth. These moths actively fly into forage brassica/pasja crops, laying eggs that produce large numbers of small larvae that feed on the crop.

For effective control of these insect pests (particularly diamondback moth which is usually the most prevalent), insecticides need to be applied early for effective results (before they pupate). In addition, there is lots of resistance to commonly used insecticides, so consider pest density & stage of development before insecticide application. Alternatively, cultural options, such as heavy grazing can also be used to rapidly defoliate the crop, which removes the feed source of the caterpillars & substantially reduces the population.

Consider all control options by contacting Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


YARD TALK with Charlie Croker


The cattle market in the past month has had its ups and downs. Heavy cattle have seen a slight correction of late with grown steers feeling the pinch the most. On the up side the light cattle and restocker job is going strong mainly due to wide spread rain (thank god).

Yass Selex 23/11/17

Grown steers to 281c per kg

The best of the Heavy cows made up to 232c per kg

Medium weight feeder steers made up to 280 – 316c per kg

Light restocker steers reached 3.60 per kg

Heifers 3.18per kg

Continuing rain is doing good things for the restocker job, cows and calves are also making good money at the moment.

Sheep/ lambs

The lamb market is still going along strong with new season lambs (NSL) still making the $6.00 per kg and better. Heavy lambs are in short supply so they are selling really well there is also a strong demand for store lambs and good restocker lambs still.

The mutton market is till charging ahead.

Yass sheep and lamb

These good little fresh lambs made $158

Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $156

The best of the Merino wethers made up to $156

Store lambs sold from $76 to $126

Trade lambs in Yass last week sold from $136to $153

The best heavy weight lambs sold for $188


Upcoming sales

The monthly Braidwood sale is the first Friday of every month

Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss vale 

For all inquiries or bookings please call Charlie

Please contact Charlie Croker for all your livestock marketing needs



Real Estate

With Reg O’Connell

With some welcome rain throughout the district the country is looking pretty good and has put us in good stead for another great season. This also reflects on the Real Estate market as no buyer wants to have an unproductive property especially in the first few seasons trying to get established. This has prompted a few vendors who were waiting, to eventually put their property for sale. These listings are very welcome as fewer properties are being offered and will sell quickly.

The Braidwood Ridge houses are almost complete and will present a great opportunity for new home buyers that hasn’t been seen for some time in our region. There are currently just 3 blocks left in the existing stage with a lot of keen interest in the coming stages soon to be released.

Hobby farms and bush blocks are still in big demand with some selling before even being advertised and at great prices too.

The Sydney market is said to be cooling which usually filters through to our region. Although with an auction clearance rate of 66% for the weekend of 25/26 November, this still leaves room for a lot more ‘cooling’ but is certainly not as hot as this time last year.

The Canberra market still surges ahead and is set to continue according to market analysts and real estate experts, let’s hope this is a bigger influence on our region than the Sydney market.

Perhaps the greatest influence here particularly for rural properties and to some extent residential is the continuing strong stock prices and there doesn’t seem to be any reason for these not to continue for the foreseeable future.

As always anyone considering selling or may just want advice please feel free to contact any of our friendly staff at the real estate office.


Property management

With Holly McGrath

Loose-fill asbestos insulation

Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which in the 1960s and 70s was installed as ceiling insulation in an unknown number of NSW homes. Over time hazardous airborne fibres can move from the ceiling into living spaces.

Earlier experience in both NSW and the ACT has demonstrated that simply removing loose-fill asbestos from a ceiling cavity does not remove the enduring hazard.

The NSW Government, with input from a range of experts, has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.

Under the Home Building Act 1989 the NSW Government is required to maintain a register of residential properties that contain loose-fill asbestos insulation. This enables emergency services, tradespeople, Councils and the broader community to check whether a particular property is affected. Property testing undertaken by licensed asbestos assessors is the best and safest way to determine whether or not a property contains loose-fill asbestos insulation. For more information



November Newsletter

FROM THE CORNER –  With Richard Walker

Spring hasn’t been kind to the Braidwood district and hopefully turns around with improved rainfall.

Calf marking is well underway in the district and trace elements are an important part of a young animal’s development.  Two major products are:

Selovin – key points:

  • 12 months protection against selenium deficiency in cattle & sheep.
  • Slow release.
  • Key for growth and fertility.
  • Keeps selenium levels up preventing production losses.
  • Convenient subcutaneous injection.
  • No withhold periods.

Multimin – key points:

  • Contains Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, Copper.
  • Ideal for topping up trace elements prior to critical events – joining, calving, marking & weaning.
  • 3 months protection.
  • No withhold periods.

With summer being close, fly protection for sheep becomes a major animal health decision.

CLIK:                    24 weeks protection

CLIK Plus:            29 weeks protection

Avenge:               Fly strike protection.

Off Shears 10 weeks

Long wool, up to 14 weeks

Vetrazin:             Up to 12 weeks

Talk to Richard, Mark or Rhonda for more information on blowfly or lice protection.

In stock, we have Millett, Brassicas, Sorghums, for quick feed over the summer months.  A new sorghum is the BMR Range – which is a Sorghum x Sudan forage hybrid.  The BMR stands for brown rib gene, which reduces the stem lignin content.  The foliage becomes more palatable, has enhanced digestibility and higher energy content.  Sowing rate of 10-15kg/ha.  Ideal for cattle and can be grazed a number of times during the season.

BMR Octane has been bred in Australia and has strong vigorous seedlings, late maturity and good standability.

Spraying of woody weeds is now happening and we have good stocks of chemicals suited to controlling : Broom, Gorse, Blackberry, Hawthorn, White Thorn and Black Thorn – plus plenty more woody weeds.  A plan towards the weeds is important each year.  Talk to Roger Garnsey or Richard Walker for the best way to handle these weeds.

With so many new vaccines on the market we have put a few new vaccines in stock.

  • Bovillis IBR MH: Feedlot Entry Vaccine
  • Rotovec Corona: Calf Scours Vaccine
  • Pilliguard: Pink eye Vaccine
  • Scabiguard: Scabby Mouth Disease – sheep
  • Eryvac: Arthritis Vaccine – lambs
  • Campyvac: Lamb losses through abortions in sheep

Richard can help with question on these new vaccines.


AGRONOMY – With Roger Garnsey

Independent pasture trial results available

Tired of the limited information provided in glossy pasture variety brochures? Southern livestock producers now have access to quantitative data about the performance of pasture varieties at their fingertips, with the launch of the Pasture Trial Network (PTN) website.

The Pasture Trial Network (PTN) is based on a set of independently run pasture trials to evaluate pasture species performance (seasonal dry matter production) & persistence. The trials are audited to ensure that they are conducted under the strict protocols. These trials are designed to bring creditability to the pasture seed industry while allowing producers and advisors to make better decisions based on evidence.

These trials started in 2014 on the back of the Pasture Variety Trial Network initiative started by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in collaboration with pasture seed companies in 2011. The Pasture Trial Network has now conducted over 90 trials across 30 sites in Australia, evaluating 9 different pasture species.

To view the results from the Pasture Trial Network for various phalaris, cocksfoot, Lucerne, perennial ryegrass & tall fescue varieties, you can now view information from your closest trial via the following website:

For further information on PTN, please contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.


REAL ESTATE – With Reg O’Connell

The lack of any significant rainfall throughout the region hasn’t dampened the spirits of many buyers with some amazing sales recorded. Buyer confidence is still at an all-time high and it seems we’re just playing catch up after some relatively slow years.

The Canberra market is predicted to increase up to 16% (source: Core Logic RP Data) over the next 2 years and this has to have some bearing on our local market. With that positive knowledge buyers are looking at a little broader market and finding themselves in Braidwood.

The state of the market has created an urgency where buyers know there is competition out there and they don’t want to miss out. This has also resulted in a number of “off the market” sales where properties are sold without being publicly listed.

There is still a lack of income producing properties available and as long as livestock prices continue the way they are this probably won’t change any time soon.

Houses in town are still in demand with prices once again being influenced by the Canberra/Sydney market. Closer to home Bungendore is moving well with properties selling at prices well beyond many vendors expectations, drive just a little further down the highway and Braidwood presents much better value for money.

Lifestyle or weekender properties are in huge demand with very few available, this presents a great opportunity for anyone with a few spare acres to take advantage of the current situation.

As always anyone thinking of selling, in town or out, is encouraged to contact us-there are buyers waiting!

Reg O’Connell –  Licenced Real Estate Agent/ Licenced Business Agent

Ph 02 48422 707  Mob: 0402 833 344



Preventative Maintenance

Every home needs preventative maintenance. Basically, you want to attend to small problems before they become big problems. Remember a small hole in the roof can cause major water damage.  Preventative maintenance will help you increase the value in your property rather than later spending equity in the house on preventable repairs.

If you own a residential property, you should draw up a list of preventative maintenance jobs to be carried out over the four seasons.

If the house has many old and inefficient features (wiring, air conditioner, hot water system), it is probably worth replacing them and saving on monthly bills. This applies even if you don’t live in the house. You want to help keep your tenants’ energy bills down. Given the record low interest rates, quality tenants are getting harder to find in some areas. It is always worth investing in good tenants. Ideally you should set part of the rent aside every week for repairs. Put it in a separate bank account, or fund that you won’t be tempted to spend.

Finally, do not overlook the garden. Plants need annual pruning, fences need to be mended and the driveway must be checked for cracks.

Yes, this sounds like a lot of work, but it is an investment. With enough improvement over time you can take an average looking investment property and turn it into an appealing owner-occupier home that will fetch you a premium sale price from an aspiring home owner who is more likely to buy emotionally. The day you sell your property, you will be rewarded for all your hard work.

Landmark Real Estate has a panel of qualified and professional trades who can assist with any of your preventative maintenance needs.


YARD TALK – with Charlie Croker

Well this has been a good month for the cattle producers, with the sweet smell of wide spread rain in our noses, the job has really lifted. Although Braidwood itself still needs plenty of moisture things are still looking up.
Yass Selex 26/10/17
Grown steers to 292c per kg
The best of the heavy cows made up to 243c per kg
Medium weight feeder steers made up to 276 – 318c per kg
Light restocker steers reached 396.6c per kg
Heifers 270 – 292c per kg
Continuing rain is doing good things for the restocker job, cows and calves are also making good money at the moment
Sheep / lambs
The lamb market is still going along strong with new season lambs (NSL) still making the $6.00 per kg and better. Strong demand for the fresh trade article is keeping the job firing. There is also a big demand for store lambs and good restocker lambs.
The mutton market has jumped out of its skin as well. It’s a good time to get rid of old sheep!!
Yass sheep and lamb
Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $140
The best of the Merino wethers made up to $151
Store lambs sold from $76 to $125
Trade lambs in Yass last week sold from $124 to $155
The best heavy weight lambs sold for $186
Top priced suckers at Yass last week $186
Sucker season is upon us and has started with a bang, buyers want the lambs fresh and sappy. If you would like some friendly advice as to the progress of your suckers when the time comes please don’t hesitate to call me.


The monthly Braidwood sale is the first Friday of every month.  Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss Vale

Please contact
Charlie Croker for all your livestock marketing needs 0447 203 776



October Newsletter

With Richard Walker

The season certainly hasn’t been favourable for the Braidwood district which makes management of livestock and pastures challenging.  If the dry season prevails, decisions will have to be made. Some managers/owners will sell some livestock, find agistment if available, or feed the stock. Landmark have many different products available to use in the dry conditions. (Lucerne Hay, Rye/Clover, Oaten/Wheaten).

We have a good supply of the above products with lucerne hay available at the shop or delivered to the farm.  Rye or cereal hays delivered on farm as required. As the dry conditions prolong, the price will start to increase as supply tightens, as it has done in the last two weeks.

Manildra Pellets 22% protein (bulk bags only)

Furneys Brew 8% urea + cotton seed (25kg bags)

Fabstock supplement (idea for lactating cows) 25kg

Sheep nuts 25kg

Ambos Beef Cattle Nuts 25kg

Coprice Calf Pellets 25kg

Lick blocks are also a popular product to use, if feed is available.  We have in stock

  • Drimol 10% Urea in 20kg, 40kg, 100kg
  • Peak 50 16kg, 30 kg
  • Dry Season 10% Urea
  • Calcium Molasses 10% urea 20kg

Molofos is available out of our bulk molasses tank which has urea and trace elements in the molasses.

Mamlara (DCS) Syrup will be soon be available.

When the season breaks, remember 5 in 1 will be very important to prevent pulpy kidney.  Changes in conditions are the main contributors to this problem (i.e. dried feed to lush green feed.)


Independent trials investigate fertilizer effects on soil biology

Agronomy with Roger Garnsey

NSW Local Land Services officer, Fiona Leach has been investigating the performance of ten fertilisers at Bookham since 2009. Native pasture dry matter & quality measurements have been taken & the effects of these inorganic & organic fertilsers on soil biology has also been investigated at three sites at Bookham.

Results over the past eight years show the following major trends:

  • Those fertilisers which contained high Phosphorus levels significantly increased pasture production & quality. These included Single Superphosphate, pig manure, Agri-ash & BioAgPhos;
  • An economic analysis of the cost of these fertilisers showed Single Superphosphate was one of the most cost effective fertilisers for increasing pasture productivity;
  • No fertilizer product is having a positive or negative effect on structure/diversity of the soil biology communities. Despite large differences in pasture growth, there was no effect of fertilizer treatment found on bacterial, fungal & archaeal community structure/diversity when compared to the Control or Single Superphosphate.
  • Soil acidity (soil pH or Al concentration) had a greater effect on soil biology communities than fertiliser treatments applied in this trial.

If you require further information on this valuable, independent fertilizer trial, please contact Landmark Daniel Walker or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.



With Charlie Croker


Sad to say but the cattle market is really feeling the pinch, serious lack of rain in most areas of the state being the main issue. In the month since my last report the market has dropped up to 40c per kg across the board.

Yass Selex 28/09/17

Grown steers to 248c per kg

The best of the Heavy cows made up to 208c per kg

Medium weight Feeder steers made up to 270c per kg

Light Restocker steers reached 280c per kg

Heifers are feeling it the most with the best of the young heifers making 240c per kg

Good rain is forecast for mid-October so fingers crossed we get some much need relief.

Sheep/ lambs

The lamb market is still going along strong with new season lambs (NSL) still making the $6.00 per kg and better. Strong demand for the fresh trade article is keeping the job firing. There is also a demand for store lambs and good restocker lambs.

The mutton market has come back of late but mainly in the lighter end of the job

Yass sheep and lamb 19/07/17.

Heavy weight cross bred ewes made up to $109

The best of the Merino wethers made up to $112

Store lambs sold from $72 to $116

Trade lambs in Yass last week sold from $114 to $145

The best heavy weight lambs sold for $177

Sucker season is upon us and has started with a bang, buyers want the lambs fresh and sappy. If you would like some friendly advice as to the progress of your suckers when the time comes please don’t hesitate to call me J

Upcoming sales

The monthly Braidwood sale 5th October, 3rd November

Weekly sales are operating as normal at Yass and Moss vale 

Please contact Charlie Croker for all your livestock marketing needs

0447 203 776


Spring Fever – T’is the season for visitors

Real Estate with Reg O’Connell

With the weather warming up and Braidwood’s gardens starting to bloom, it is the optimum time to put your house on the market.

As the release of census figures show, Braidwood’s population has jumped up to around 1600, and properties of all kinds have been in high demand. Prices have been very strong and demand has been coming from all over NSW and the ACT.

Braidwood Ridge has also been progressing well with several new houses under construction and the blocks selling off the plan.  ‘House and Land’ packages are also available. Pop in and talk to us about the recent developments on the site.

Despite the dry conditions across the state, we have some beautiful grazing properties available which have good water availability, which is a highly desirable asset for buyers.

If you are thinking of selling, pop in and talk to us about your property. We’re happy to provide you with some tips for preparing your property to look it’s best for inspections.

Braidwood will be busy with visitors and those just passing through for the next six months, and as city and coast prices rise, the country life will be attracting many to look at our well-placed display window.

Another prime time to view properties will be during Braidwood’s Open Gardens on 25/26 November. Run as a fundraiser for the Preschool, they will be held on the same weekend as the Festival of Braidwood, which also incorporates the Airing of the Quilts, Auto Show and Garlic Fiesta.


September  Newsletter

Spring has arrived but not the rain, but hopefully by mid-September a change in the weather patterns may occur. The lack of rain is now starting to affect livestock as winter crops have not performed. We still have good supply of urea once the wetter conditions happen allowing quick growth for your Ryegrass or cereal crops. Maximum-N-Pact the liquid nitrogen is also available in good quantities.

We have a new product available from Landmark’s parent company in America called ESN. This stands for Environmentally Smart Nitrogen, which is a polymer coated urea. The advantage of this product over normal urea is 1. Less leaching up to 60%; 2.Volatilization up to 40%; 3. Dentification up to 60%’; all depending on conditions.

ESN technology protects loss by micro thin polymer to encapsulate a urea granule. The coating protects the granule from loss, releasing it when the crops need it most. The unique polymer membrane allows water to diffuse into the granule, dissolving the N inside and becoming a water and urea solution. These are the same growing conditions that favour plant growth and nutrient demand. Moisture and temperature are the key elements which determine the slow release of the nitrogen, (cold temps, low moisture, no nitrogen release.)

Key Points:

  • Enhance Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Improves crop yield and quality
  • Offers more seed safety if sowing
  • Lowe application rates due to utilization
  • Protects the environment due to leaching

We will be making up several blends for sowing next autumn with a 60% DAP mixed with 40% ESN. This fertilizer blend will give your oats or ryegrass upfront nitrogen from the DAP then the ESN will be slow released over time. Talk to Richard or Roger for more information.

  • Animal health issue for September to be
  • Pulpy kidney – change of diet
  • Bloat – high clover content
  • Grass Tetany – short green pick lactation cows
  • Fluke – application before Summer

If Pinkeye is a problem consider using Piliguard which is a vaccine designed to control it. However it must be administered before the onset of Pinkeye. Convenient 1 dose application. Ideally apply over the next 2 months before flies, dust, long grass are the triggers Pinkeye.

Manildra Pellets are very popular in bulk bags and at $400.00 a tonne are an economical alternative to other products. We still have extremely good quality Lucerne Hay in 8 x 4 3 bales at the shop. 

Local pasture trial results

Several products have been applied to the Braidwood pasture trial site to assess impact on winter dry matter production. Pasture cuts were taken 3 & 7 weeks after application with the following increases in dry matter production observed, following dry, frosty winter conditions:

These results show that even in a tough, dry winter, large increases in winter dry matter production can be achieved. Imagine what can be achieved in a more traditional wet winter??

For further details on these & other local trial results, contact Landmark Braidwood or their consulting agronomist, Roger Garnsey on 0429625880.

In and around the sales for this month with Charlie Croker
The cattle market has seen some drops in the past few weeks mainly in the feeder and heavy steer markets! Also restocked cattle have seen a slump mainly due to lack of rain! But some parts did see rain this month and it certainly had an affect! The cow market dropped bit the regained! With spring around the corner and a wet month forecast for September things could be looking up!
In Yass last week
Light restocking steer weaners reached 324c and the best of the trade vealers sold from 290c to 301c/kg. Feeder steers ranged from 260c to 295c/kg. A very good run of medium weight butcher heifers sold from 308c to 316c/kg. Trade steers returned 275c to 300c/kg.
Grown steers topped at 275c and the better shaped grown heifers 240c to 265c/kg. Medium weight 2 score cows ranged from 190c to 200c/kg. Heavy 3 and 4 scores 208c to 230c/kg.
The sheep market has had an eventful month also with the slow introduction of the new season lambs (suckers) and they have entered with a bang! The processors can’t get enough paying up to $6.20 for the better trade weight suckers!
The lamb chop is as strong as it was at the start of 2017!
We are also in the midst of stud sale season so if you are in the need of new bull or ram from anywhere of your liking and of any breed please contact me and we can get it sorted!
Don’t forget the monthly cattle sale at Braidwood the first Friday of every month any bookings please don’t hesitate to call me

Real Estate with Reg O’Connell  – WHAT WILL SPRING BRING?
With the last few months being busier than last spring it’s hard to believe we could get any busier.
All indications suggest interest rates will be on hold for the foreseeable future, Sydney and Canberra markets continue to surge ahead and no more land can be made! As a result the demand is there but supply is not.
There are a few small subdivisions about to come on to the market but nothing of any real significance in the rural scene. Our office is constantly receiving enquiry for bush blocks for recreation or more recently for full time residences.
Residential Real Estate is moving quickly as well. Braidwood Ridge is popular with enquiry at an all time high, there are only 5 blocks remaining in the current stage and there are no vacant blocks available in town.
The surrounding villages have also seen a surge in sales. There are no vacant blocks available in Majors Creek, just one in Mongarlowe (just listed) and only one in Araluen (currently being negotiated). Nerriga continues to be popular due to its proximity to those buyers from the coast but nothing to sell to them.
A number of private sales have also taken place with the market being so solid and we have been happy to provide advice in some instances, both to seller or buyer. What a lot of sellers don’t realise though without the assistance of an agent and the property not being marketed to the general public there is no urgency on the buyers part and in some circumstances properties have sold for a figure much less than an agent could have achieved.
So what will spring bring? Hopefully some rain, hopefully calm on the global front and hopefully more properties to sell …..all factors that influence our local market.


Stock Sales Report