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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 News ALL ABOARD: Jersey cattle are loaded on to a ship at Portland, Victoria, bound for China. Jerseys on the move to China AUSTRALIA'S largest live export order of Jersey cattle was loaded on to a boat at Portland on Tuesday morning destined for China. More than 2000 unjoined and chance-mated Jersey heifers have been in quarantine for the past month in southeast South Australia. Elders general manager meat and livestock trading Hamish Browning said the Jersey order was the largest ever received for the breed by an Australian live exporter. ''Demand from China for quality Australian dairy cattle has been firm for quite some time and we expect to see that demand continue,'' he said. ''In recent times China has been buying Holstein cattle, and this Jersey order is the first on a large scale we have seen.'' Before this shipment the biggest orders for Jerseys to export was between 500 and 600. The Weekly Times Alarm at news of quarantine centre closure INDUSTRY IMPACT: Cherry grower Tim Reid and Japanese orchardist Katsuhiko Mitsutoshi. KAROLIN MacGREGOR STATE Government plans to close the Kingston Quar- antine Centre will see vital biosecurity services for Tasmania's horticulture industries lost. A briefing obtained by the Tasmanian Liberals through the Freedom of Information Act has re- vealed plans to close the quarantine centre by the middle of next year. The decision comes after moves by the State Govern- ment to slash spending on the state's quarantine and biosecurity services by more than $2 mil- lion over the next four years. The quarantine centre is the only facility in the state currently equipped to test for plant diseases. It plays a vital role testing plant material for the nursery, seed and hop industries. The statement says while it is antici- pated that current testing being carried out on plants at the centre now will be completed by July next year, if it is not, there is nowhere else in the state to accommodate the testing. Transferred from Bruny Island in 1896, the centre also does testing for potato cyst nematode and has facilities for dog detec- tor training. Some of the plants that have been tested at the facility in recent years include cherries and strawberries from Japan, and walnuts from France. Opposition primary industries spokes- man Jeremy Rockliff said it was vital that the State Government outlined a contin- gency plan to relocate the centre's oper- ations. Forth vegetable and bulb producer Mike Badcock said the centre was crucial for the future growth of the state's vegetable and horticulture industries. ''To remain competitive we need the very latest varieties, and that will mean bringing in plant material at times that will need to be tested,'' he said. ''If will have an impact right across a number of industries, because if this facility is closed, who is going to do that work?'' Reid Fruits managing director Tim Reid said the centre had played an essential role in the establishment of Tasmania's highly valuable Japanese cherry industry. ''Without that centre it would have been nearly impossible to get the Japanese cherry industry up and running here,'' he said. ''It's an extremely important facility and to lose it would be a tragedy.'' Mr Reid said the centre also allowed Tasmania to retain some independence when it came to setting acceptable levels of protection and dealing with restrictions on movements of plant material between the states. Plans to develop the site that houses the quarantine centre into a retail precinct have been lodged with the Kingborough Council. QUICK NEWS $161m payout to grain growers AWB Limited has paid grain growers $161 million as the third distribution for wheat delivered during 2009-10. Eastern seaboard growers who de- livered Australian Premium White wheat have received $60.24 a tonne as a third payment, taking payments to date to $179.92 a tonne. The company estimates the pool return for APW wheat at $251 a tonne. AWB commodi- ties general manager Mitch Morison said the company decided earlier this year to slow its sales and hedging program to capitalise on rising prices, a strategy that was now paying off with higher pool values. Canola crop slashed TOO much rain in Victoria and not enough in Western Australia has re- sulted in 185,000 tonnes being wiped off the national canola crop. The Aust- ralian Oilseeds Federation has esti- mated the canola harvest at 2.065 million tonnes, 8 per cent lower than September's forecast of 2.25 million tonnes.
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