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Welcome to 2006

Our first post for 2006 is to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. Although our mining operations have closed for the Christmas break, we have not had the chance to enjoy much time off work. After a very pleasant Christmas day celebrating with family, we had to refocus our attention back to the farm for a while as harvesting of cereal crops took priority. Long hot days driving the header and fixing the many breakdowns meant that we didnt exactly see the New Year in but as of this afternoon, the oats crop is now safely stored in the silos.

The oats will be cleaned ,bagged and sold as seed to local farmers planting winter forage crops. The straw is baled and sold to a nearby cattle feedlot. Our summer crop planting has only just been completed after some planting delays caused by heavy rain in December. The last of the soybeans were planted just before Christmas – see photo below with some interested Hereford cattle looking on.

The mine will be closed for another week while our staff enjoy a well-earned break and we attend to a variety of catch-up jobs. We are now going through our current inventory and preparing some great new listings of cut and rough gems so keep an eye on our Ebay Store for lots of great bargains through January.

Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire