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Hosted by Belinda Varischetti, the presenter of the Western Australian Country Hour, the country's finest hour

    WA Country Hour

    WA Country Hour

    A working dog has sold for $29,000 at South Australia's first ever working dog auction.

    14,000 Brazilian cattle have been exported to Vietnam, marking the country's first foray into the market.

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    WA Country Hour

    WA Country Hour

    Worksafe commissioner Darren Kavanagh explains how new Work Health and Safety legislation will impact volunteers, including regional firefighters.

    Station kid Gordon Homewood might be only 5 years old, but his ear tag collection has grown to impressive numbers, with new additions from across Australia and the world.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia's grain harvest is officially off and running. A load of canola was delivered to the CBH Group's Geraldton terminal yesterday.

    WA grain growers can expect a big hike in their freight rates this season. At the CBH Group's pre harvest bin meetings, currently underway around the state, growers are being told freight rates will be up in excess of 20 per cent on the current rate. For an average grower producing 4, 000 tonnes of grain the rates will rise between four to six dollars per tonne, depending on how far your farm is from port. That's going to add at least $20, 000 to each growers' freight costs this season.

    The struggle to find workers for this season's grain harvest was put to the Premier Mark McGowan on the ABC's morning show today.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    Volunteer bushfire officers and regional shires in WA are concerned the threat of jail or large fines under new West Australian workplace legislation could see fewer people volunteering to fight fires in rural areas this summer. The WA Government's Work Health and Safety Bill — which introduces industrial manslaughter as a crime — passed through parliament in November last year. It is expected to come into operation in January next year. Regional shire staff, farmers and volunteer fire coordinators have flagged concerns the new workplace rules of the act could make them liable as individuals for large fines or jail time if someone is hurt or injured while volunteer fire fighting in a regional area. 

    Matt Holland is the Acting District Officer for Carnarvon's DFES branch. Department of Fire and Emergency Services. He's recently back from spending four weeks fighting bushfires in British Colombia in Canada.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    A junior iron ore miner has suspended trading of its shares amid speculation it will shut down operations due to falling commodity prices. GWR Group transports ore more than seven-hundred kilometres from the Wiluna West in the northern Goldfields to Geraldton Port.

    The costly trucking operation has only been possible due to high iron ore prices, which are now in freefall. Resources analyst Tim Treadgold says he believes the price could slip to 70-dollars a tonne, down from more than two-hundred six weeks ago.

    Horticulture production is set to significantly expand in WA's Gascoyne region, after the State Government released more than 270 hectares of farmland.

    The Australian Table Grape Association wants to secure full access to the Japanese market by the start of the 2022/23 season.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    Another couple of cold mornings in some parts of WA's agricultural region over the weekend. There will definitely be more frost damage from the weekend events, although not as widespread as the previous ones this month and mainly affecting pockets in low lying areas. At this point, the damage from the severe frost in early September is now clearly visible in affected grain crops. Ty Henning is an agronomist covering the eastern central wheatbelt. He's just finished inspecting crops for his clients and says the cold mornings and dry conditions have been brutal.

    There's been a really positive response to Operation Grain Harvest Assist, which uses facebook to link retired defence force personnel with farmers looking for workers to help with this year's harvest.

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