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TAS Country : September 30th 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 1, 2010 News DairyTas is looking for a new dairy farmer director to replace a retiring Board member. The DairyTas Board is an 8 member Board supported by a fulltime Executive Officer that services the Tasmanian Dairy Industry through funding projects and activities to promote on farm productivity, efficiency and development of the industry. Board meetings are held every 2 months at varying locations around the state. We are looking for a person with a strong industry commitment and knowledge that is able to devote some time to working with a progressive forward looking organisation to promote the interests of dairying in Tasmania. The position is for a maximum of 2 three year terms (6 years). It commences from December 2010. Farmer Board members are paid a daily allowance plus a KM travel allowance. If you are interested please contact Mark Smith at DairyTas in the first instance on 6432 2233 or Written applications close on October 31st 2010. See www.dairytas.com.au for more information on DairyTas. ph 0364 322233, fax 0364 322277 email; email@example.com PO Box 1352, Burnie, 7320 DairyTas Board Dairy Farmer Director Position 116444-39 Plans to steadily increase production at Tasmania Feedlot over the next few years are good news for the state's cattle industry, reports Karolin MacGregor UPBEAT: Tasmania Feedlot manager Andrew Thompson. DESPITE challenging economic conditions in Japan, demand for Tasmanian grain-fed beef has remained steady over the past couple of years. Tasmanian Feedlot is owned by one of Japan's biggest retail businesses, the AEON Company. Feedlot manager Andrew Thompson said after a recent trip to Japan the feeling about the feedlot's future was very positive. ''Certainly the Japanese economy is going through a tough period, but they're committed to maintaining production at about the 16,000 head mark for the time being and in the next three to five years we could see it getting up more towards 19,000 or 20,000 a year,'' he said. ''When you start talking about sourcing 20,000 black steers a year in Tasmania it is quite significant.'' Mr Thompson said while overall beef consumption in Japan had eased over the past year or so as the global economic crisis took its toll, the reputation of beef from the Tasmania Feedlot has not seen a big decrease in sales. One significant change at the feedlot in recent months has been a management decision to decrease the number of cattle on feed during winter. Mr Thompson said while the overall feedlot production would remain at 16,000 they planned to keep less cattle at the Powranna facility over winter. He said having fewer cattle at the feedlot during the colder months would enable them to more easily manage animal health issues and keep up with pen maintenance which was vital, especially when conditions were wet. Mr Thompson said the feed conversion rates and daily weight gains also improved significantly during the warmer times of the year, which would improve the feedlot's efficiency. ''We're still looking for the same amount of cattle over the year. We'll just be reducing numbers through winter and feeding more through spring, summer and autumn,'' he said. Another major change has been reducing the cattle feeding regime from about 200 days on feed down to between 170-180 days, which has also improved efficiency. ''We were always a bit suspicious about how much benefit we were getting from that last 20 or 30 days on feed but we had no suspicions at all about how much those extra days were costing us,'' he said. ''Until we had a really close look at it, we couldn't be one hundred per cent sure.'' The new shorter feeding system means cattle can be finished faster and provides more flexibility to deal with cattle orders, without compromising on the meat quality. ''That was the most important thing that we had to be sure of, that reducing the amount of time on feed didn't reduce the quality and that's certainly what we've found, there is no difference in the quality,'' Mr Thompson said. There are currently just under 7000 cattle on feed at the Powranna facility after the company wound up a custom feeding arrangement with Greenham Tasmania. Mr Thompson said they would look at taking on contract feeding Interest grows in historic Highland shearing sheds From Page 3 Farmer Ian Downie first men- tioned the idea of documenting shearing shed history at a meeting of the society. A later excursion to the sheds attracted 70 people. ''There was such interest in it,'' Gwen said. A variety of designs is represented in the sheds built in stone, brick, shingles and tin. Some sheds have grown over the years while others have become smaller, Gwen said. Bothwell historian and farmer Mary Ramsay said the evolution of shearing can be traced through the many sheds. ''They used to wash the sheep first, then shear them,'' Mrs Ramsay said. ''They'd grab and cut the wool virtually anywhere. ''As the wool became more precious, they started to have proper flooring. ''Then they started having ma- chines, that's when shearing sheds changed, they had to house the machines.'' The publication will cover pre- World War II sheds in the Central Highlands municipality. ''People are not building those sorts of sheds anymore and our fine wool production has gone right down,'' she said. Information is sought in Highland sheds. Contact Gwen Hardstaff 0427 620 264. Cold snap a crop-stopper From Page 3 Mr Doyle said it might seem strange to think about irrigation after it had been so wet, but the wind had caused some of the ground to dry out on top quite quickly. ''So the irrigation is important to make sure the crops get a really good start,'' he said. Mr Doyle said crops in the state's south were looking good after some much needed rain during recent weeks. Tasmanian Alkaloids field oper- ations manager Rick Rockliff said planting had got into full swing during the past two weeks. ''We've had a couple of excellent weeks, so we're well ahead of where we were this time last year,'' he said. Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme (NAHSSS) On line applications for the Allied Health Streams of the NAHSSS opening on Friday 1 October 2010 and closing on 5 November 2010. Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), the Scholarship Administrators for the NAHSSS Allied Health Streams are pleased to announce the opening dates of the following Scholarships. These scholarships support Australian citizens and those holding permanent residency interested in either obtaining an allied health qualification or already providing an allied health clinical service within Australia. These allied health scholarships provide practical support at the health service delivery level. Undergraduate Scholarship -- Providing assistance for people living in rural, remote, and regional areas that are enrolled or intending to enrol in, an accredited/approved undergraduate or graduate entry allied health course. Total scholarship value is up to $10,000 per full-time equivalent (FTE) year. Visit the Undergraduate Home Page for information about eligible courses, selection criteria, application process, and scholarship guidelines Postgraduate Scholarship -- Enhancing the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals who provide a clinical service within Australia. Study at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters level is eligible. The Scholarship is valued at up to $15,000 (FTE) for a maximum of 2 years. Visit the Postgraduate Home Page for information about eligible professions, selection criteria, rural and remote status, the application process, and the scholarship guidelines. Continuing Professional Development Scholarship -- Supporting practicing allied health professions to attend continuing professional development activities such as short courses and conferences. Visit the Continuing Professional Development Scholarship Home Page for information on eligible professions, selection criteria, and the application process and scholarship guidelines. Clinical Psychology Scholarship -- Assisting eligible applicants gain a clinical psychology qualification recognised by the Australian Psychology Board. This scholarship is available for a maximum of two years FTE, and is limited to those who intend to enrol in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Board (APAC) course at the Masters or Professional Doctorate level in the area of Clinical Psychology. Visit the Clinical Psychology Home Page for information on eligibility, selection criteria, the application process, and the scholarship guidelines. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants SARRAH is committed to supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce through these Scholarships. Please visit the home pages for each scholarship for specific details and eligibility criteria. www.sarrah.org.au The NAHSSS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. adcorp32641
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