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TAS Country : September 9th 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 News *Offer ends 30/9/10 or earlier if stocks run out at participating Polaris dealers. Excludes fleet clients. Rear brush guard and towbar shown are optional extras. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au NOTHING RIDES LIKE A $5995* RIDEAWAY BEST RIDE, BEST VALUE » 300cc Auto 2X4 » Independent Rear Suspension » MacPherson Front Suspension » Integrated Front Storage Compartment » 340kg Towing Capacity » Disc Brakes all-round » Digital Instrumentation » Steel Front Bumper MADE HGP gets Coles shoulder KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 6 A DECISION by supermarket giant Coles to sell only hormone-free beef has received a mixed response in HGP-free Tasmania. The company announced this week it would phase out HGP beef from next January as part of a plan to improve the eating quality of its meat. Coles meat general manager Allister Watson confirmed the company would cover additional production costs to its suppliers who make the change to HGP-free. The news angered outspoken Inde- pendent Farmers Group co-ordinator David Byard. ''Tasmanian beef producers, who have been HGP-free for more than a decade, consistently received lower prices for their cattle than their inter- state counterparts,'' Mr Byard said. ''I think it just goes to show how much we've been dudded down here. ''Coles are now offering to pay a premium for beef that's HGP free, when that's what we've been producing for years without getting anything extra.'' Mr Byard said beef producers who could use HGPs got significant pro- duction gains from them. Mainland feedlots that supply Coles have hit out at the company's decision, saying it will significantly impact on their production. HGP implants can increase weight- gain in heifers by between 25 and 30 per cent. However, the implants can have a negative affect on meat tenderness and marbelling Greenhams Tasmania managing di- rector Peter Greenham said while Tasmania's HGP-free status was valu- able from a marketing perspective, most buyers were not willing to pay a premium price for it. ''Being HGP-free is important from a marketing perspective, but I think it's being Tasmanian and all the other things that go along with it that's where the premiums are, not just in being HGP free,'' he said. Mr Greenham said unless buyers were running specific HGP free mar- keting programs, they were unlikely to pay a premium for HGP-free beef. ''It definitely helps, but I don't think we get paid enough for it,'' he said. IT'S A WRAP: Waverley Woollen Mills Hobart shop manager Anne Kirby-Fahey with some cosy woollies. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES Cosy country tradition comes to town JENNIFER CRAWLEY Continued Page 6 WAVERLEY Woollen Mills has come to town. For the first time in its 136-year history the Waverley product is being sold from a shop in Liverpool St in the middle of Hobart's CBD. Shearers shirts, travel rugs, single and double bed blankets, scarves and throws fill the large shop in a heritage building Shop manager Anne Kirby-Fahey said customers have been eager to share their Waverley stories with her. ''One still has the Waverley blanket she got as a kid,'' Ms Kirby- Fahey said. ''Another told me about her grandmother who left her the Waverley blanket she got in her trousseau.'' The blanket is what most people remember from the old days, Ms Kirby-Fahey said. The modern range includes tactile Alpaca throws and an extensive nursery collection. The wooden floor, apple pickers bag and post office furniture adds to the country ambience of the new shop in Hobart. ''It's all about the ruralness,'' Ms Kirby-Fahey said.
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