The rural wrap-up:

Each week we aim to bring you the latest rural stories that have been making news across western NSW.

From the mulesing ban in New Zealand being praised by a central west merino producer, to an exclusion fence keeping pest species out of a farming family’s property and donations flooding in for drought stricken farmers, it has been another busy week across western NSW.

Merino producer praises New Zealand’s move to ban mulesing:

Breeding solution: Don Mudford, of Parkdale SRS Poll Merino Stud, with the wool that world record shearer Steven Mudford shore off sheep that weren't mulesed. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Breeding solution: Don Mudford, of Parkdale SRS Poll Merino Stud, with the wool that world record shearer Steven Mudford shore off sheep that weren't mulesed. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Don Mudford, of Parkdale SRS Poll Merino Stud, runs 21,000 merino sheep and due to a successful breeding plan, the stud haven’t needed to mulesed lambs since 2004.

Ex scientist Jim Watts says there is a genetic solution to mulesing:

 Merino sheep. Photo: File

Merino sheep. Photo: File

Former CSIRO research scientist Jim Watts believes there is a genetic solution to mulesing and that producers can breed sheep that are naturally flystrike resistant.

Exclusion fence on the Dwyer's property is helping to keep pests out:

Fenced out: Weston Fence are holding an on-farm field day on the Dwyer's property on October 10. Photo: Supplied.

Fenced out: Weston Fence are holding an on-farm field day on the Dwyer's property on October 10. Photo: Supplied.

A farming family from Alectown in central west, NSW, were plagued by kangaroos on their property.

But the Dwyer’s are now reaping the benefits of a 12 kilometre exclusion fence on their property Kurrajong Valley, which is about 2700 acres.

Mutton shows strength at the Dubbo sheep and lamb sales:

Agent Bill Tatt discusses how agents on the ground at the recent Dubbo sheep and lamb sale suggested that it was a very secondary yarding of lambs, but a possible highlight of the day was the strength of the mutton sale.

This story The rural wrap-up: Producer praises NZ mulesing ban, exclusion fence helps central west farmers first appeared on Western Magazine.