**Deadline for the March 2018 newsletter is 20 February**
2 JANUARY 2018: As always, if you want point scores to be up to date in the newsletter and on this website, please get your trial results in to the Secretary by the deadline. We also love to receive photos, stories and anything else you think members should know about.
**FOR ALL MEMBERS WHO LIVE IN THE UPPER LACHLAN VALLEY SHIRE, INCLUDING TARALGA, GUNNING AND CROOKWELL**
12 DECEMBER 2017 UPDATE: Good news - the Council has withdrawn the proposed policy.
13 NOVEMBER 2017: Are you aware that your Council is about to pass a policy which puts your ability to breed and run livestock working dogs at risk?
The Upper Lachlan Valley Shire council is putting forward a Keeping Companion Animals Policy which applies to ALL dog owners in the area, including farms, transport companies and stock and station agents.
It does not seem to recognise the difference between livestock working dogs and pet dogs, and is calling for a limit to the number of dogs you can keep on any property to four (4) only. It also requires that all dogs must be desexed.
It is asking for comment from the community by 30 November.
WHAT YOU CAN AND SHOULD DO
Don’t assume that common sense will prevail.
Take a look at the draft policy - it’s only five pages long and you can find it on the Council’s website
Tell the Council about your concerns in writing by 30 November 2017
If you want more information:
**ABC Rural covers 2016 Australian Championship at West Wyalong**
Top working dogs compete for Australian title at West Wyalong | Peta Doherty | ABC Rural | 120816 ... read the full article
**Change of trial dates**
Please let the Secretary know as soon as possible so we can keep the website up to date and save time on administration work. If the reason is that there is no one to do all the hard work to organise it - maybe think about putting a call for help up here on the website.
**What influences the success of Australian livestock working dogs?**
The University of Sydney has published the results of its research into Australian farm dogs, which was started a few years ago. In total, the research collected data on over 4,000 dogs from over 800 working dog owners around Australia including a number of NSWYDA members. Find out more on the What we're talking about page.
**Do Junior handlers have to be members?**
We received this question from a trial organiser recently and thought it would be worthwhile to share with everyone. The answer is: Yes. If it is a trial affiliated with NSW Yard Dogs then ALL competitors must be financial, whether it is a yearly membership or a day membership. This is important for insurance purposes.
New South Wales Yard Dog Association Inc.