The rural wrap-up: From cheeky farmers to sheds in turmoil

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

From shearing sheds in turmoil, to drought relief and naked farmers raising money for mental health, there is plenty happening in our region.

Below are some of the stories making headlines this week. 

Shearing sheds in turmoil:

Phillip Skewes.

Phillip Skewes.

Drugs, poor living and working conditions and unsafe equipment are just some of the things affecting shearers today.

Cheeky way to raise money, awareness for rural mental health:

Photo: Emma Jane Industry.

Photo: Emma Jane Industry.

Fifth generation farmer Ben Brooksby and his good mate Emma Cross have just finished a national farm tour to take photos of farmers in the nude to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Aussie Helpers offers aid to 22 central west farming families:

Gordon Tremain. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Gordon Tremain. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Seventy-four-year-old farmer Gordon Tremain, who lives about 10km outside of Dubbo on the Wellington road, was one of the producers offered support from rural charity Aussie Helpers this week.

Weekly workshops support farmers through dry times:

 Expert advice: Central West Local Land Services Senior Bio-Security Officer Rhett Robinson, district veterinarian Evelyn Walker and biosecurity support officer Jason Gavenlock. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Expert advice: Central West Local Land Services Senior Bio-Security Officer Rhett Robinson, district veterinarian Evelyn Walker and biosecurity support officer Jason Gavenlock. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Weekly drought drop-in sessions are offering central west producers free livestock and production advice to help them stay on top of things during the dry conditions.

Kailem’s memory lives on in annual fundraiser:

Kailem’s Dog a Hog and Family Day is in memory of Kailem Barwick (pictured). Photo: Contributed.

Kailem’s Dog a Hog and Family Day is in memory of Kailem Barwick (pictured). Photo: Contributed.

Kailem’s Dog a Hog and Family Day is in memory of Kailem Barwick. The fundraiser aims to raise money for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Foundation and for families whose children have been touched by a terminal illness.

For more on these stories don’t forget to grab the latest edition of the Western Magazine this coming week.

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