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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 3, 2010 News Dairy duo milk MUD LARKS: French farmers Nicolas Giboire, left, and Damien Lequitte with Liz Beattie. An exchange program for French agriculture students has revealed much common ground between Tasmanian and European dairy farmers, Jennifer Crawley reports. THE French are coming, and learning from Tasmanian farmers. French agriculture students Nicolas Giboire and Damien Lequitte have just completed a five-month exchange program at Bushy Park dairy farmers Liz and Phil Beattie's Styx River Farm. Nicolas, 19, and Damien, 22, are students at an agricultural college in Brittany. Their English may be limited but there is no mistaking their enthusiasm for the beautiful Beattie farm. ''Very good farm, very good people,'' Damien said. ''I like dairy farms, I like the people, different culture than the French,'' Nicolas said. Liz Beattie said the experience was mutually beneficial. ''Fantastic, they're both great chaps,'' she said. The men stayed in separate accom- modation on the farm and catered for themselves, visiting the Beatties every now and then for a meal. They will complete another year in college as part of a two-year agricul- tural course. Both say their English has improved during the farmstay. ''When you come here English is bad, now it's not good but we can speak more and more, we can understand Australian people,'' Damien said. The students plan to travel with two others in a camper van around Aust- ralia before returning to France and college. The Beatties sent the men off to the East Coast last weekend. ''So they can see some of the beautiful parts of Tassie, like Coles Bay,'' Liz said. Phil Beattie spearheaded a success- ful Tasmanian campaign against low Rabobank Australia Limited ACN 001 621 129, AFSL 234700 offers the All in One account. 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Call 1300 30 30 33 or visit rabobank.com.au Warmer days, colder nights in wild winter KAROLIN MacGREGOR THIS year's winter was a mixed bag for much of Tasmania with warmer than average days, chilly nights and some heavy rain and snow. The Weather Bureau's seasonal wrap-up shows very different pic- tures for some areas of the state. Record dry conditions in the southeast were a complete contrast to many parts of the north, which experienced about average rainfall. A low pressure system that track- ed down the East Coast delivered much needed rain on August 11, when some parts of the east and south had their wettest winter day on record. Falls of between 50mm and 100mm were common. Mount Wellington had falls of 199mm in 24 hours, setting a new record for the mountain's wettest winter day. Other places to set new daily winter records were Bothwell with 72.2mm, Pyengana with 135.6mm, Risdon Vale 84.6mm and Tea Tree with 59.2mm. Tunbridge was one of the driest areas of the state over the past three months, with just 73mm, while Mount Read was the wettest area with 1120mm. Despite the soggy conditions, day- time temperatures throughout much of winter were above average. Over most of the state, tempera- tures during the day were half a degree warmer than usual, while in the southeast it was on 1.5C warmer on average. The coldest days were during August, which the Weather Bureau says is unusual, as August is usually the warmest month in winter. All-day fog at Ross on July 2 saw temperatures struggle to reach 4C -- the region's coldest day for 15 years. The warmest winter day was 18.4C at Bicheno on July 12 and again in Hobart on August 15. While the days may have been warmer, the winter nights were not. Overnight temperatures across the state were about average in the west, but below average in many other districts. The Southern Midlands and Der- went Valley experienced night time temperatures about 2C below aver- age through winter. Ross was one of the most consist- ently cold areas, with the tempera- ture falling to at least --3C on 20 nights, up from the usual average of 10 nights. Once again, Liawenee earned the title as the state's coldest place after recording a temperature of --7.9C on July 25. A winter blast during August also saw snow settle at low levels a number of times during the month, including August 16-17 when snow fell to about 200m above sea level. Heavy snowfalls also caused exten- sive road closures on the West Coast and Central Highlands on August 19-20 and again on August 26-27. The highest wind gust for winter was 144km/h recorded at Swan Island on June 18. The bureau says that despite the cold winter, many parts of Tas- mania, including Hobart and Laun- ceston, still have had their warmest January to August on record. Overnight temperatures have been slightly above average, but daytime temperatures across the state are half to one degree above average, and even higher in the southeast.
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