>> From the past
40 years ago A 24-year stalwart of the Kyabram Fire Brigade, John Roberts is the new brigade captain.
John has succeeded Bob Vick, who has been the Kyabram Fire Brigade captain for the past seven years.
John first joined the brigade when he was 15 and has been one of the brigade’s keenest firemen and competitors.
He is recognised as one of the brigade’s best ever and most versatile firemen and was a member of the teams in one of the brigade’s golden eras in competition on the late ’50s and early ’60s.
He is present coach of the brigade’s competitive team and last year was the brigade’s foreman. He has also served as the brigade’s apparatus officer.
The captaincy change was made at the recent change of officers evening staged by the brigade.
20 years ago LIFE is tough enough for the man on the land without the added pressure of lost stock, damaged fences, a drop in production and a decrease in birth rate.
“It’s past a joke,” one district farmer says as he looks over his property, which has at least three cows grazing with only one ear.
“Heartbreaking,” is how another farmer describes the dilemma.
The two local dairy farmers are fuming after attacks on their on their cows by a pack of marauding dogs in the Lancaster area.
Murray Maxwell, who runs some of his herd on Gary Everett’s Lancaster property, had to have one of his Fresian cows put down following an attack by a pack of dogs.
Mr Maxwell said the dogs pulled the cow down by the ear, causing it severe shock. An eaten eardrum also contributed to Mr Maxwell’s decision to end the cow’s life.
Mr Everett explained that the dogs chase the cow until it is tired out and then move in to attack. The latest attack on Thursday was not an isolated incident. It is the most recent and by far the worst attack on cows owned by both Mr Maxwell and Mr Everett.
Attacks at the property began about six months ago, with the attacks becoming more frequent and having a greater impact.