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TAS Country : September 30th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 1, 2010 Cattle chief ire at MLA wind-up talk AUSTRALIAN Wool Inno- vation chairman Wal Mer- riman is supporting moves to wind up Meat and Live- stock Australia, according to the Cattle Council of Australia. Council president Greg Brown said it had been confirmed to him that Mr Merriman was a signatory to the Australian Beef As- sociation resolution calling for the wind-up of MLA before December next year. ''Why would a person in his position want to sup- port such a move?'' Mr Brown said. Mr Merriman would neither confirm nor deny that he was a signatory to the resolution, which will be debated at MLA's annu- al meeting in November. Mr Brown said he under- stood there were other no- table signatories. ''I am just hoping that MLA makes public the full list of signatories,'' he said. But MLA communi- cations manager David Pietsch said the research and marketing body would reject such a request. ''While the list of signa- tories to the resolution is not confidential in a legal sense, we do not disclose a list or publicly comment on those members who have exercised their rights to put forward resolutions,'' Mr Pietsch said. He said it was up to ABA, which was the representa- tive of the signatories, to decide whether or not to disclose the signatories. ABA chairman Brad Bel- linger said his association wouldn't disclose the signa- tories. He said while 100 signatures were required for the resolution, the as- sociation submitted 212. He said signatories were concerned that domestic beef consumption had de- clined 20 per cent since 1998, by the lack of account- ability by MLA on research expenditure, and the big costs and perceived ben- efits of the National Live- stock Identification System. The WeeklyTimes News Eggs producers fight new battery hen crusade A MOVE to ban battery hen farming has angered egg producers in the state. Tasmanian Commercial Egg Pro- ducers Association president John Groenewold called the move ''the ac- tions of a minority group.'' Greens animal welfare spokeswom- an Cassy O'Connor last week labelled cage hen farming outdated and in- humane. She asked all sides of politics to support her motion to ban the practice. There is no motion before Parlia- ment at this stage. Welfare organisations including the RSPCA signed off on a compromise agreement in 2000 between Govern- ment and egg producers, Mr Groen- ewold said. The Tasmanian industry has spent $6million complying with the new standards he said. ''Producers are proud and deter- mined to run professional operations,'' Mr Groenewold said. ''The welfare of hens no matter how they are housed is a top priority. ''But the Greens refuse to budge from the same course they have been on for the last 20 years, they are not recognis- ing what industry has done.'' Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green said the State Government was waiting for a national review of the Domestic Poultry Code of Practice before it decided where it stood on battery hen farming. Public consultation will follow the code review Mr Green said. Don t pull the wool over your eyes, OJD is a serious threat and you can t wait to vaccinate. You may not think you are at risk, but OJD is spreading and may be on your farm right now. In fact, there are over 2000 farms that are known to be infected and for every infected farm, there are 4 farms not yet detected. The average mortality rate is over 6%. For more information, talk to your vet or Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist today on 1800 335 374. PROTECT YOUR SHEEP, FARM AND PROFITS -- VACCINATE WITH Pfizer Australia Pty Limited, 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114. Registered Trademark of Pfizer Australia. PAL0235/TC Sheep Health. Performance. Growth. YOU WOULDN T WAIT TO FIX YOUR FENCE. DON T WAIT TO VACCINATE FOR OJD. Opening Hours Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm 147 Liverpool Street, Hobart Ph: 6234 8882 2034090-100910 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2029078-100924 To ensure any chance of success, late sown poppy crops will need to germinate straight after sowing. If this means irrigation, PUT IT ON, DON'T PUT IT OFF.
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