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Follow your nose to garlic festival
A FARMER is travelling the length of
Tasmania from Pengarah on King Island
to the Tasman Peninsula for tomorrow's
Koonya Garlic Festival.
Carmen Holloway, who along with
partner James Hill runs a grass-fed beef
operation on about 850ha, caught a flight
from King Island to Wynyard and then
started the long drive south.
In recent years the couple have begun
diversifying their beef operation. Apart
from growing about 20,000 garlic plants
sold under the King Island Natural Garlic
brand, they have a 50-tree fruit orchard,
a native plant nursery, free-range
chickens and are building a haybale
house. Ms Holloway said she was bringing
a bagful of garlic to the festival.
"We are setting up based on
permaculture principles with a focus on
soil health and slowly building our small
garlic business," she said. "I am getting a
handle on garlic and learning every year.
"The festival is fantastic because of the
information about growing garlic and
sharing of ideas. Tasmania is a great place
for growing garlic and there are an
increasing number of growers.
"Sydney markets are asking for
More than 1000 people are expected to
flock to Koonya Hall tomorrow.
Angus Stewart, a presenter on ABC's
Gardening Australia, is making a special
trip to the festival to help people learn
about the art of growing garlic. There are
also cooking demonstrations.
The day starts at 11am. Cost $2, children
free. Visit www.koonyagarlicfestival.com. POPULAR: The Koonya Garlic Festival is on tomorrow.
in Hobart this week at Aust-
ralia's largest cattle and sheep
health conference have urged
ongoing monitoring and en-
forcement of animal welfare
standards must be adhered to
for live exports.
Australian Cattle Veter-
inarians Association president
Enoch Bergman told more
than 230 veterinarians at
Wrest Point that livestock im-
porting countries should be
members of the World Organ-
isation for Animal Health.
Animals are exported from
Australia for food and for their
Dr Bergman said Australian
exporters and authorities must
work to promote animal health
and welfare and livestock
should be protected from farm
gate to slaughter through a
of the OIE.
Australian Veterinary Ass-
ociation policy was for the hu-
mane slaughter for all species,
The three-day conference,
which ends today, was hosted
by special interest groups of
the Australian Veterinary Ass-
ociation, the Australian Cattle
Veterinarians and Australian
Dr Bergman said the con-
ference highlighted the role of
vets in helping producers take
care of animal health and wel-
fare to improve productivity.
"As the professional experts
on cattle and sheep health and
welfare, veterinarians play an
indispensable role in ensuring
the health of our livestock in-
dustries. We are engaged in
improving our client's bottom
line and in helping them to op-
timise welfare outcomes for
their livestock," Dr Bergman
He said Tasmanian produc-
ers worked hard to ensure high
quality and disease-free live-
"As livestock veterinarians,
we help preserve Australia's
market reputation through at-
tending conferences like these
and staying right on the cut-
ting edge of the latest science,"
Dr Bergman said.
Other topics covered at the
conference included prepared-
ness and response to bushfires
and other emergencies,
appropriate antibiotic selec-
tion and administration, sheep
health and production, animal
welfare and role of veterinar-
ians, dairy disease manage-
ment and monitoring, on-farm
biosecurity practices and pain
management in livestock.
AVA national president Dr
Julia Nicholls also attended.
Details at www.ava.com.au.
Australian Government Mobile Service Centre
Serving Regional Australia
The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural
communities by providing access to Australian Government payments and
services. This specialised vehicle offers assistance to rural families, older
Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and
Experienced staff travel with the Mobile Service Centre and provide friendly,
face-to-face service, information and support. You can visit the Mobile
• Sisters Beach---Sisters Beach Reserve, East Boulevard,
Tuesday 17 February, 10 am to 4 pm
• Stanley---In front of the Town Hall, Church Street, Wednesday 18 February,
• Smithton---Nelson Street car park, Nelson Street, Thursday 19 February,
• Westbury---Adjacent to the Council Office, Lyall Street, Friday 20 February,
For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au and search for
Mobile Service Centre or call 132 316.
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