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TAS Country : September 23rd 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 24, 2010 2051125-100924 Understanding OJD Its impact, causes, & management An important SheepConnect --Tasmania seminar series for sheep producers Please RSVP to the TIAR Office at: 03 6336 5238 or email Lyndal.Oppermann@utas.edu.au Guest presenters: DPIPWE veterinarians; Bruce Jackson & Dr Debbie Grull Phil Jarvie -- Pfizer Sheep showing signs consistent with clinical OJD Time Venue 06-10-2010 1230 - 1600 RSL Club Sorell 07-10-2010 0900 - 1230 Dennistoun -- Bothwell 1400 - 1700 The Stables - Oatlands 08-10-2010 0930 -1300 The Grange -- Campbell Town 11-10-2010 1230 -- 1600 Gunnston - Waterhouse 12-10-2010 0900 -- 1230 The Happy Chef -- Longford 1400 - 1700 High Plains, 249 Weetah Rd Deloraine 13-10-2010 1200 - 1530 Elliot Research Station -- Conference room 14-10-2010 1200 - 1530 Gala Estates Cranbrook News SHUTTING SHOP: Phillip and Henry Jones. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Jones boys Selling up after six generations is not easy but the Jones brothers have decided it is time to go, reports Jennifer Crawley HUNT: Carlene Hills of Westerway. THE Jones family has lived in the Broadmarsh area for more than 100 years. Now they are saying their goodbyes. Brothers Phillip, 65, and Henry, 66, held a clearance sale on the 900ha Sydney Cottage property. Phillip has three sons but the mining boom drew two of them to Western Australia and one son is in Hobart with his own business ''It's a sad day but you have to draw the line when you get to 65 and that's what we've done,'' Phillip said. There were hundreds of people at Sydney Cottage last week and most of them knew Phillip and Henry. Utes and trucks covered the pad- docks behind the house and along the driveway. The traffic banked up along a con- crete causeway lined with hawthorns at the entrance to the property. ''In the springtime those hawthorn hedges are magnificent,'' Henry said. Henry pauses before he speaks. The quietly spoken farmer has spent years mustering sheep in the hills around Sydney Cottage. ''My heart says no but the brain says we're doing the right thing,'' Henry said. ''There's nothing more pathetic than if we we're still here in our mid- 80s trying to cope when it was way beyond our capabilities. ''When you think of the work ahead of us shortly with lambmarking and mustering. ''We've always managed it in the past but it seems to get a little bit harder each year.'' The cold and bitter wind blowing down the valley did not dampen the enthusiasm of those on the lookout for a bargain, including Sunshine Aiadabrokie-Thodersen who travelled from North Bruny for the sale. Sunshine has farms in the Mersey River valley, Canada and New Zealand. She describes herself as an organic farmer intent on returning biodiversity to her properties. ''I've bought the birds back and planted 1000 of trees,'' Sunshine said. The former teacher has a love of antiques and clearance sales. ''Sometimes I'm the only female here,'' Sunshine said. ''I just love it, the whole vibe of it. People meet and chat, some people haven't been out for months when they come here. I have a bit of fun. I'm just an old hippie.'' A rare wooden percussion butter churner in perfect condition and a two- unit bucket milker attracted lots of attention from the crowd. ''My father used to milk half a dozen cows and my mum used to make butter,'' Phillip said. ''She had a cherry churn here but she used to make that much butter, she heard of these percussion churns, so she bought it but she didn't use it a lot.'' There were four boys and a girl in the Jones family. ''A shop down in Moonah used to sell Mum's butter,'' Phillip said. ''She had a lot of suburban people
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