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TAS Country : August 26th 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 27, 2010 News Harvest hotshots IMPORTANT ADDITION: Peter Radford inside his new 2275m2 shed at Moriarty. The work we do over there is different to what we do here, just in terms of the size. . .acouple of our clients have got paddocks that are nine thousand acres.' This year will be the 21st season for Radford Harvesting, Tasmania's biggest harvesting business, still a family run operation based at Moriarty, reports Karolin MacGregor AFTER weeks of preparations the team from Radford Harvesting is about to head north for the huge interstate grain harvest. Peter Radford said the lead-up to the mainland cereal harvest was always a busy time as they prepared their convoy of 12 machines for the months of work ahead. The first harvesters were shipped to the mainland this week and during the next six weeks the full fleet of 12 harvesters, four tractors two trucks and the other support vehicles will begin the long drive north to Queensland where the harvesting work will kick off at the end of October. From there, the team will move south harvesting wheat crops in NSW. The harvest normally starts in the Gund- awindy, North Star, Lightning Ridge and Moree area where the team will cover about 14,000ha. About eight years ago, Mr Radford set up another base at Hillston in NSW where the business has two full-time employees. While in that area, their harvesters will cover about 10,000ha. They will also harvest another 4000ha- 12,000ha across NSW before heading back to Tasmanian in late December for the start of the Tasmanian harvest. Drivers for the machinery are sourced from a number of areas. About 25 per cent are from Tasmania, 25 per cent are from European countries and 25 per cent are from New Zealand. And Mr Radford said he also liked to hire about a quarter of their drivers from the regions they were harvesting in. Mr Radford said sourcing drivers from different areas reduced the risk of them being short-staffed during the critical harvest season. ''The guys we get over from Europe and New Zealand, they're here during the holiday season so they really get stuck in,'' he said. ''They work hard and they like to play hard. ''Most of them really enjoy it and that's what it's all about.'' These days Mr Radford uses his helicopter to fly between jobs, which means less time driving and more time spent with clients and his workers. ''The work we do over there is different to whatwedohere,justintermsofthesize. . .a couple of our clients have got paddocks that are nine thousand acres.'' Mr Radford said quarantine was an import- ant issue when moving machines between farms and states. ''The quarantine issue is something we're very careful about because we've got a repu- tation with our clients. ''The last thing we want to see is crop contamination especially when you're harvest- ing things like opium poppies like we do down here. South helps out Meander farm group JENNIFER CRAWLEY ONE of the founding members of the Coal River Products Association will speak to Meander Valley farmers next week. Bill Casimaty will travel with fellow farmer and Coal River Products Association chair Chris Gunn to Deloraine to talk to farmers about setting up a growers' association. The two will discuss the history, trials and successes of the Coal River group. The recently released Meander Valley Agricul- tural Study recommended the formation of a growers' group like the Coal River Products Association, which was formed in 1967 and became the driving force behind agricultural development in the Coal River Valley. Mr Casimaty was a Nuffield Scholar who came back to the Coal River Valley after travelling to the UK on a scholarship. ''Bill went to a farmers' group in England where landholders met regularly,'' Mr Gunn said. ''The South-East [of Tasmania] had been devastated by the 1967 bushfires when Bill got back and farmers were down in the dumps.'' He said Mr Casimaty founded the Coal River Products Association to help cheer up farmers and to bring them together. The Meander Valley is a prominent dairy, red meat and cropping area. The agricultural study documented the potential for expansion over the next five years because of the Meander Valley Irrigation Scheme, which will deliver about 31,000ML of water to irrigators. The Meander Valley Enterprise Centre has been working towards forming the Meander Valley Marketing and Products Group. ''The main objective of this group is to promote and help realise opportunities for higher-value production offered by this additional high-surety irrigation,'' said centre manager Richard Millen. Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research acting director Wes Ford will also be at Deloraine to advise farmers on how to make the best use of information to support growth or change in business. The meeting is at the Rotary Pavilion, Alveston Drive, Deloraine, at 7.30pm on Tuesday. 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