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LAMB PRICES CLIMB:

Records are being set for lamb prices across the nation, as dry conditions make quality sheep scarce.

A national record of $281 was set at Wagga Wagga last week, and prices at Shepparton and Bendigo have also climbed in recent weeks.

GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR WATER TENDERS:

Tenders are now open for $1.5billion of water efficiency projects to help generate savings to reach the 450Gl of extra water for the environment.

Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud said the projects would deliver additional water savings without hurting Murray-Darling Basin communities.

MULWALA BEING REFILLED:

The level of Lake Mulwala will rise during the next four weeks following the lowering of the lake during winter for weed control and completion of works around the lake foreshore.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s River Management head Andrew Reynolds said locals and visitors to Lake Mulwala and Yarrawonga Weir might notice changes to water levels until early August.

‘‘We are starting to re-fill Lake Mulwala to its normal operating level, which should happen by early August, in time for the new irrigation season,’’ Mr Reynolds said.

LIVE EXPORT MISTAKE:

The Federal Department of Agriculture has admitted that decisions granting a permit to Emanuel Exports to export 58000 Australian sheep to the Middle East in June were made unlawfully.

In the course of preparing for the highly-anticipated Federal Court trial, brought on by Animals Australia, the department has conceded that the export permit it granted to Emanuel Exports was invalid due to the official granting the permit not having the delegated authority to do so.

DON’T OPT OUT, SAYS RURAL BODY:

The National Rural Health Alliance has urged patients not to opt out of the new My Health Record system, soon to be adopted in Australia.

‘‘If you live outside a major city, you have less access to health services, and are more likely to delay getting medical treatment. That means you’re more likely to end up being hospitalised,’’ National Rural Health Alliance chief executive officer Mark Diamond said.

‘‘A My Health Record means that all your important health information is at the fingertips of your doctor, nurse or surgeon.’’