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TAS Country : September 16th 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 17, 2010 News Business grows It's taken a long time to set up his seed cleaning business but Terry White is finally happy with the way things are going. TERRY White cleans seed for other people. They bring it to him, he sorts it, cleans it and makes it ready for them to sow back on their paddocks. There are six machines that screen, sieve and pump air through the seeds. Peas, lupins, all cereals and small seeds are cleaned in a giant shed on the family farm Highfirth at Wattle Hill in south eastern Tasmania. ''There was nobody down this end of the island doing it,'' Terry said. ''I used to harvest my own seed and there was a demand for it so I got a seed cleaner in 1998.'' He started out in a hay shed with a dirt floor which he has extended into a 20m by 20m shed on a concrete floor. Terry's customer base with his seed cleaning business is growing and January to March is the peak season. ''A lot of people have been trying all these new modified seeds and different species to try and improve production and a lot of times they don't last very long,'' Terry said. The Whites have used the same seed --- old English ryegrass --- on their farm for four generations. ''It's still going strong not only on this farm but on other farms in the district,'' Terry said. ''I've stuck with it and kept going with it and I sell it all over the state.'' ''I would like to see more farmers harvest their own seed. ''Just put in whatever they want, five or 10ha, and harvest their own seed, get it cleaned and sow it. ''They're going to do it for half the cost, they're going to get their farms back in order in half the time and save a lot of money and they know what they've got on their farm. ''Seed that is native to the area does much better,'' Terry said. ''The amount of seed that falls on the ground is worth hundreds of dollars. ''If they shut a paddock up and harvest the seed off it, its worth more to them than they're going to get by grazing stock and they can put it out on all their other paddocks. Label fears for free-range eggs THE Australian Egg Corporation has reneged on an agreement to release consumer research paid for with farmer levies, free-range egg producers claim. The research forms the basis of the AEC's controversial proposed standards, which allow beak trimming'' and stocking densities of 20,000 hens a hectare. Free Range Farmers Association spokesman Phil Westwood said he was concerned consumer questions were framed to elicit responses which allowed free-range standards to be watered down. We're sure people didn't understand what they were doing,'' Mr Westwood said. He has previously accused the AEC of adjusting standards to allow intensively-produced eggs to be labelled as free range''. Mr Westwood said the AEC referred to de-beaking as beak trimming'' because they think trimming sounds less nasty''. An FRFA study showed consumers wanted tight free-range standards, he said. AEC spokeswoman Jacqueline Baptista said the corporation would not comply with the FRFA's request until it received the final report on the research. 2018500-100917 Rural Development Services 4/29 Elizabeth St, Hobart, 7000 PH: 6231 9033 www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com Rural Alive & Well (RAW) community survey RDS is working with RAW to develop a business plan for its medium term future. We're seeking community input and feedback. Have your say and be part of this process, visit & complete our short survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/RAWCommunityFeedback2010 For more information contact Maree Fudge at RDS on 6231 9033 Carbon Plantations Survey Private Forests Tas & RDS invite farmers to participate in an on-line survey at www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com Survey responses accepted until COB 15 Oct. 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