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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010 Tasmanian Country 7 26 Trevor Street Ulverstone Telephone (03) 6425 7191 Fax (03) 6425 7193 *Conditions Apply *Conditions Apply FINANCE p.a. DEPOSIT/TRADE IN 6 MONTHS IN 12 MONTHS 0.0%* FINANCE p.a. BALERS ONLY IN 36 MONTHS 4 IN 48 MONTHS 4 0 DEPOSIT IN 12 MONTHS 4 IN 24 MONTHS 4 5.95%* *Conditions Apply FINANCE p.a. DEPOSIT/TRADE IN 12 MONTHS IN 24 MONTHS 6.25%* high speed mowing for forage quality • CLAAS Disco mowers - super efficient • CLAAS Liner rakes -- precision windrowing in all crop conditions • CLAAS Variant round balers -- precision made long life bales in all crop conditions • CLAAS Volto tedders -- conditions and air-dries green mown forage crops Fodder harvesting. We have you covered ... from start to finish News Farming with a sense of urgency' AGRICULTURAL re- search and the need for more strategic direction will be the focus of a symposium in Launceston this month. The symposium is being organised by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Sci- ence and Technology and will be held at the Tram- sheds Conference Centre at Inveresk on October 27. The theme of the sym- posium will be Building R D and E Direction and Capacity in Tasmanian Agriculture. Concerns about a lack of strategy behind the state's agricultural research, de- velopment and extension activities and their ability to meet future challenges such as food security is- sues is the main reason behind the symposium. The program begins at 9.30am and will be split into four sections and in- cludes a line-up of high- profile guest speakers. The first section will be titled ''A Sense of Ur- gency'', which will high- light some of the chal- lenges facing agriculture going forward. The second session will be titled ''The Need for a strategy to build rural ca- pacity''. The third session will focus on industries suc- cessfully building research and development capacity. During the fourth ses- sion of the day, ideas and suggestions from partici- pants will be discussed. To register, go online to www.aiast.com.au EXTENDED FAMILY: Ringarooma dairy farmer Andrew Carter with the triplet calves, which have two different sires. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Two different fathers for calf triplets THREE'S COMPANY: The rare triplets. JENNIFER CRAWLEY A COW giving birth to triplets is rare, but a cow giving birth to triplets to two different sires is another story completely. A Friesian cow has given birth to one full-blood Friesian calf and two Jersey- Friesian crosses on dairy farmer Andrew Carter's Ringarooma property Rosemont. ''The cow had milk fever,'' Mr Carter said. ''She was in the calving paddock. ''I looked around and she was all wobbly.'' He said cows generally got milk fever after they calved, but sometimes they could get it before giving birth. Mr Carter said a Jersey bull and a Friesian bull had been running with the cows. He said he and his wife Kate (they have three young children) came to Ringaroo- ma in 2001, after the deregulation of the West Australian white-milk market. Mr Carter, whose father is a dairy farmer at Busselton, sells his milk to Fonterra. ''Tassie has a better climate for growing grass,'' Mr Carter said. He said while the calves had no monetary value to him, he could not help but feel attached to the mother and her babies. ''I spent a bit more money on her than a normal cow,'' Mr Carter said. ''I don't know why, it's one of those unique things, but if she dies, she's the mother of triplets.'' The triplets do not have names. ''I can't think of any except Huey, Dewey, and Louie, but there's probably a copyright on that,'' Mr Carter said. He said he would like to see the triplets go to a good home, but if not they would be sold to the bobby calf market. The Ringarooma farmer said he lives in agreatapartoftheworldandheisinno hurry to move. ''The business has grown each year,'' Mr Carter said. ''It's a rewarding life. ''We try to do the right thing --- it's too hard to do the wrong thing. ''We've got to look after our animals, they are our lives.'' Scottsdale vet Colleen Stewart said she had not seen triplets born in 10 years of practice and could not fathom the odds of having two different breeds to two dads. She said the cow must have ovulated three times or twice with one embryo splitting. ''I'd have to do some research,'' Dr Stewart said. ''I've only been in practice for 10 years and I've only seen triplets once, but to have two different dads --- it's very rare.''
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