Lets talk about how to get the best life out of your solar battery. If you are using your Solar Foxlight continuously, there is nothing you need to do to help extend its life, except if it has been raining for a few weeks in a row, you may need to put it on charge for a day to boost its battery power.

If you are only using your Solar light for a season (say for example the lambing season) when you are storing your light, please ensure that the solar panel gets some light. It does not have to be direct sunlight, just enough light that the battery will keep slightly charged and not run down to no charge. Make sure you always store the Foxlight with the On/Off switch in the OFF position.

With these tips your Solar Foxlight should live a long and healthy life



We have covered Solar health, now lets talk about Battery light health. Again there is very little you need to do for these lights, but remember these pointers:

1. Never store your light with the battery in it, even if the battery is dead. the battery fluid may leak from the battery and this will eat the plastic bottom cap.

2. ALWAYS ensure that when you are replacing the battery light that you DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN the cap. This will cause the o'ring to stretch which in turn will allow moisture in the light, which could cause the power board to fail.

June News 2018

Livestock tags orders, get organised and beat the 6 to 8 week delay in peak season. Don’t forget your PIC number, and what type of tag you require.

With the cooler nights upon us we have all your fire needs; eco logs, jiffies, sureburn lighters, matches, gas lighters, soot loose, glass polish. Fire wood will be available soon.

We have a few EOFY fencing specials again please speak to Bronte about what is available.

Creosoate posts are extremely short again we have been advised that there will be a 6 to 12 month wait on a majority of sizes. With the square creo post having an “indefinite” waiting period.   

Animal Health

Don’t forget to give your lambs their second vaccine ‘booster’. If lambs don’t receive a second dose 4 weeks after the initial dose they will not receive the full immunity of the vaccine. We also have all your lamb marking needs, vaccine, applicators, needles, marking rings, elastrator pliers, shears, mulesing shears, Tri-solfen, ear tags and applicators.


don’t forget to get the last couple of copper oxychloride sprays in on your fruit trees before they become dormant. Plant a bit of sage in with your brassicas, it will act like a natural repellent for caterpillars and moths. Keep up with the weeding in your vege patch.


Pasture: Make sure your looking out for any broad leaf weeds in your pastures, if you've planted new pasture be on the look out for RLEM (Red legged earth mite) and Snails speak to Adam if you need an inspection.  
Viticulture: Any new orders for vineyard posts expect up to a 12 month wait. Please contact Bronte for more information and alternatives. Contact Craig, Adam or Anthony in regards to composting availability and pricing.   

April News 2018

Livestock tags orders, get organised and beat the 6 to 8 week delay in peak season. Don’t forget your PIC number, and what type of tag you require.

Norton cattle and sheep yards please give us a call we are more than happy to visit, measure up and quote on yards that would best suit your property and livestock.

Rat and Mice are on the move again (I don’t think they have actually gone away) We are stocked up with wax blox, pellets, grain baits, bait stations, rat and mice traps, live traps. Also a good idea to keep any fodder in galvanised bins.

Animal Health

With the break of the season coming up we have a long acting sheep drench available in injectable and casuals. The long acting drench will give sheep protection for up to 90 days, please speak to the boys for more information.


Great time to get your brassicas in the ground. To help protect plants with the upcoming frosts spray some Yates Drought shield on the leaves for 90 day protection. Also keep an eye out for snails they will be out and about at the first sight of rain, we have Eradicate and Baysol available.


Broadacre: Please pre order your nodulaide for legume crops with Craig or Anthony, last year there was a short supply.
Viticulture: Please ring Bronte regarding vineyard posts. CCA vineyard post are in very short supply, please get your orders in ASAP or speak to Bronte about alternatives.

Joke of the Month

A young man agreed to baby-sit one night so a single mother could have an evening out. At bedtime he sent the youngsters upstairs to bed and settled down to watch football.

One child kept creeping down the stairs, but the young man kept sending him back to bed.

At 9pm the doorbell rang, it was the next-door neighbour, Mrs Brown, asking whether her son was there. The young man brusquely replied, "No."

Just then a little head appeared over the banister and shouted, "I'm here, Mom, but he won't let me go home!"