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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 SUITORS: Nigel Campbell with his latest purchases, Onslow Midland and Onslow Adjustment . Picture: ROSS MARSDEN New big boys on the block hard to miss KAROLIN MacGREGOR THE latest additions to Nigel Campbell's Kinloch Angus herd are hard to miss. Mr Campbell has recently bought two new bulls from Doug Tozer's well-known Onslow Angus Stud at Wallenbeen in New South Wales. Mr Campbell paid $20,000 for Lot 1, Onslow Midland D80, making the sale's second-top price. The bull was sired by the highly successful Raff Midland Z204. Mr Campbell has been a regular buyer of Onslow genetics for many years and said he hoped the bull's excellent muscling and smoothness would add something extra to the Kinloch herd. At three recent mainland sales 52 bulls sired by Raff Midland have been sold, averaging $8000. Onslow Midland is a large- framed bull and at 2½ years old weighs 1140kg. Mr Campbell also bought a second bull at the Onslow sale for $9000. Onslow Adjustment D65 is also impressive and weighed 1158kg. He is sired by Banquet Adjustment A082. Mr Campbell said the bull should add some extra scale to the herd. Both the bulls have already been used at the Onslow stud. Mr Campbell said his plan was to join them with a group of 40 elite six-year-olds that he purchased from the Onslow stud last year to produce stud-quality bulls. They will also be used over some of Mr Campbell's commercial cows. Both bulls arrived in the state two weeks ago and next week will transported to Mr Campbell's 1215ha property at Waddamana, where most of his cow herd is. Each year Mr Campbell sells a number of commercial bulls and his focus on breeding cattle with excellent conformation and production traits is paying off. Many of his bull clients are repeat buyers. Each year Kinloch calves are sold at the Bothwell and Quoiba. Earlier this year at Powranna, a line of 18-month-old Kinloch heifers, pregnancy-tested in-calf, sold for $1260 a head,believed to be one of the state's highest prices for commercial heifers of that age. News Caution in our forests Push for facts to be released JENNIFER CRAWLEY A HISTORIC forestry deal signed this week has been cautiously welcomed by the state's peak farming group. Ten timber and environmental groups signed off on a formal State- ment of Principles, which was pres- ented to State Parliament on Tuesday. The Statement of Principles pledges to immediately protect, maintain and enhance high conservation value for- ests, and has three months to im- plement that process. It commits to move the forest indus- try out of public native forests into suitable plantations along a formal time-line. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief Jan Davis welcomed the agreement, but said it only related to forests on Crown land. ''It does not extend to private forests, and nor should it,'' Ms Davis said. Tasmanian farmer and forester John Lord welcomed the Statement, saying it was ''just the start of the hard work''. While Mr Lord was glad negotiations took place behind closed doors at arm's length from politicians, he said the public needed to know what it meant. ''We look forward to the facts being made public, and how these principles will be to the benefit of Tasmania and Tasmanians,'' he said ''It's clear that the forest industry must change. This is an opportunity for Tasmania to participate in emerging carbon markets and sustainable forest biofuel industries.'' The Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) said the Statement promised a great outcome for high conservation value forests in wilderness areas, but said it was not a complete plan for the conservation of forests. ''Private land has not been given sufficient attention in the agreement,'' TCT director Peter McGlone said. ''Private forests contain the majority of unprotected threatened species habi- tat, threatened forest types and fresh- water ecosystems. ''The agreement fails to identify the crucial importance of private land for biodiversity conservation.'' Ms Davis said that private forests were indirectly affected because plan- tations could only be established on private land. She said that farm foresters had to be free to use their land in terms of crops, rotations, markets and environmental offsets. ''The most important issue for Tas- manians is their environment,'' Ms Davis said. ''Research shows more carbon is sequestered when a forest is actively managed by selective logging than when it is simply allowed to grow and then kept as a carbon store. Logging on private land must be decided by science, not politics or vested interest.'' 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