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TAS Country : September 23rd 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 Best of British to milk one billion litres THE world's first ''billion- litre'' dairy is expected to be operational in the UK within two years. Arla Foods will build the 28ha dairy and processing factory --- expected to employ up to 500 people --- at Ayles- bury in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London. Arla Foods UK chief execu- tive Peter Lauritzen said Aylesbury was chosen for its logistics for both raw milk collection and delivery of the finished product to retailers. He said the operation would be up and running in 2012 and set ''the future stan- dards of the dairy industry''. ''Being zero carbon will put the new dairy in a class of its own, demonstrating our en- vironmental responsibilities and our ambition of becom- ing the UK's No. 1 dairy com- pany,'' Mr Lauritzen said. National Farmers Union dairy chairman Mansel Ray- mond described the move as ''a massive confidence boost to dairy farmers and [it] demonstrates that there is a long-term, positive future for the British dairy industry''. The Weekly Times News Dollar dazzler costs farmers $8b AUSTRALIA'S farmers have taken an $8 billion hit since the start of last year because of the soaring dollar, the nation's top farm body estimates. The National Farmers Feder- ation says miners and specu- lators are to blame for forcing the dollar up and hurting farmers. The comments came as the dollar traded at US94.6c on Tuesday morning, its highest level in more than two years, with warnings that interest rates could soon rise. ''Farmers have been hit hard by the high dollar, which is being driven by the mining boom and by currency specu- lators playing the market in expectation of interest rate rises here,'' NFF economics manager Charlie McElhone said. The NFF said every 1 per cent lift in the dollar sliced $210 million from farm bottom lines. ''If the dollar stays this high for the next year, farm incomes will be $8 billion lower than if it was at January 2009 levels [of US68c],'' Mr McElhone said. RBA governor Glenn Stevens said on Monday a ''robust'' econ- omy and higher inflation could lead to higher interest rates. The Weekly Times Bid to force wind up of MLA FED UP: Brad Bellinger ' If we can show Ludwig that a majority of producers are unsatisfied with MLA we are hoping he will act.' A SHOWDOWN between Meat and Livestock Aust- ralia and angry beef pro- ducers is set to be played out in Tasmania. A resolution to scrap the MLA from beef producer group the Australian Beef Association will be voted on at the MLA annual meeting in Launceston in November. ABA chairman Brad Bellinger said consump- tion of beef has dropped by 20 per cent in Australia. ''Australian beef pro- ducers get the second- lowest price in the devel- oped world despite $1.7 billion worth of levies paid to the MLA,''he said. MLA chair Don Heatley was dismissive of the ABA resolution, and said he was confident the industry would not support the move. Mr Bellinger said the structure of the MLA made it impossible for grass- roots producers to reform the organisation. If the ABA motion was passed it could be voted down by bodies associated with the MLA, he said. The Federal Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Joe Ludwig was the only person who has the power to wind up the MLA. ''If we can show Ludwig that a majority of pro- ducers are unsatisfied with MLA we are hoping he will act,'' Mr Bellinger said MLA processes are not transparent and it is run ''like a dictatorship,'' Mr Bellinger said. ''When questions are as- ked where the money is going, who is getting what, and what are the outcomes for R&D projects we are told it is commercial in confidence,'' he said. The MLA structure al- lowed for processors and supermarkets to become voting members. ''It is in the processors and supermarkets best in- terests to get cattle as cheap as they can,'' he said. ''The cattle producer provides the bulk of fund- ing to the MLA and the people who are getting the advantage are the large multi-national processors and the retail sector.'' Processor JBS Swift sits on the board of the MLA. ''It's astounding,'' he said. ''The biggest processor in the world is on the board of a producer owned com- pany,'' Mr Bellinger said. References: 1. Of the endectocide class. 2. Shoop et al (1996) - "Eprinomectin is the most potent broad-spectrum avermectin/ milbemycin identified to date." 3. See product label for full details. 4. Baggott et al (1999); Paul et al (2000). 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