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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010 Tasmanian Country 23 The Stock Report HORSEMANSHIP: Georgie Elias and her pony Prancer show off their skills in mustering cattle. Picture: GLEN BOYD Campdrafting reins in more and more riders KAROLIN MacGREGOR CAMPDRAFTING enthusiasts from across the state gathered at Powranna last week to learn more about the sport from one of the country's most experienced competitors. About 25 riders took part in the two- day campdrafting clinic with Bryan Wormwell from Queensland. The clinic was held at the Elders Powranna saleyards and cattle for the clinic were loaned from the Tasmania Feedlot. Hosted by the Tasmanian Campdrafting and Team Penning Inc, the clinic was open to riders of all ages and levels of experiences. The clinic gave some participants the chance to have a go at the sport for the first time. Mr Wormwell told participants that to be successful at campdrafting they had to establish the basics first and that involved a lot of slow work, moving stock around using their horses. He said learning to read the cattle was also a vital part of the sport. Campdrafting is a highly popular sport around the country and it is not unusual to see several hundred competitors at mainland events. In Tasmania, campdrafting is also gaining popularity. The Tasmanian campdrafting season will officially get under way next weekend when the first draft is held at Powranna on October 16. Campdrafting focuses on skills still used by men and women mustering cattle across the country and involves competitors cutting out an individual beast from a small mob in a yard and working that beast away from the mob, before it is let out into a large arena. The rider must then guide the beast around a set course to gain maximum points. Competitors are scored according to how well they are able to work the beast, their horse work and for completing the course. Campdrafting competitions are divided into several classes to cater for riders of different ages and levels of experience. Each rider has a set time to try to guide their beast around the course. The state finals campdraft will be held at Powranna on April 16. Find out about campdrafting at www.tascampdrafting.org.au NZ earthquake opens market for Australia DEVASTATION: The recent earthquake has hit the NZ dairy industry. THE earthquake that rocked New Zealand last month could open up a market for Australia's dairy farmers, according to a buyer from Thailand's largest supermarket chain. Central Food Retail vice- president of buying Nick Reit- meier said he was looking at UHT milk suppliers while in Victoria last week. ''We bought our UHT milk from New Zealand but the Christchurch earthquake ruined their pro- duction facility so, from one day to another, our supply was cut off, so now we're thinking, 'OK, get the Aussies','' Mr Reitmeier said. Dairy Australia international market manager Phill Goode said he was surprised the New Zealand earthquake had affected its dairy exports to Thailand. He said exports of UHT milk to Thailand were controlled by Thai regulations and companies would need to be licensed. ''It would be a windfall oppor- tunity if someone wanted to take it up but they're going to have to run the hard yards,'' Mr Goode said. He said UHT milk produced in Thailand usually had sugar added to it to suit local tastes. Mr Reitmeier said the majority of milk in Thailand was powdered and Central Food Retail was look- ing to import more whole milk. ''We want to import the whole product because we've found, while the milk is not bad, it always tastes not quite right,'' he said. ''Between a normal chilled prod- uct and a UHT product today the difference is minimal, especially when you're in Asia and you're used to a packaged kind of taste anyway.'' Central Food Retails, which has 128 supermarkets across Thailand, buys fruit, vegetables and meat from Australia. Mr Reitmeier said the quality of Australian produce was very high and the close proximity of Aust- ralia to South-East Asia gave Australia a competitive edge. ''I think the only real compe- tition I would say are the Kiwis,'' he said, adding that Australian farmers had a chance to tap in to a huge export market throughout Asia. ''You [Australia] have a unique opportunity to be the major player in Asia, two-thirds of the world's population live in Asia, if you play your cards correctly there should be sustainable growth.'' 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