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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 29, 2010 News MADE THE CUT: Rob Sadler and production manager Dale Barker a crate of lilies. Whole family It's bloomin' marvellous to be part of the Sadler family dynasty, writes Karolin MacGregor FLOWERS and bulbs have been a big part of the Sadler family's farming operations for decades, and now the next generation is taking on the challenge. John and Jan Sadler started producing flowers in 1982 when they established their cut-flower business on their property at Flowerdale on the North-West Coast. Since then the family has branched out into producing bulbs for the export and domestic markets. In recent years the day-to-day management of the businesses has been taken on by the couple's children Pip Kennedy and Rob Sadler. Pip manages the Southern Bulbs business, which is owned in partnership with Peter Doynes from Doynes Liliums in Victoria. After finishing her degree in agriculture, Pip started working on the family business in 2003. The family produces about five million lily bulbs a year. They have also grown miniature roses, peonies, lily of the valley, tulips and kangaroo paw. Pip said the highly fertile and well- drained red soil at Flowerdale was ideally suited for bulb production. Bulbs take between two and three years to reach one of the four different sizes suitable for commercial cut-flower production. While they have exported bulbs to countries including the Netherlands, Taiwan, the Dominican Republic and South Africa in the past, at present almost all the bulbs produced by Southern Bulbs are used to supply the family's Flowerdale Flowers business, which is run by Rob Sadler and Doynes Liliums. Pip said at present demand from both their major customers was strong. ''It's always good to get bulbs out of the country, but we're happy with the sales to our two main customers at the moment, so we're not really out there chasing any export markets,'' she said. Bulb planting has just wound up. Normally the family grows about 10ha of plant stock and 3ha of propagation material. The Sadlers also runs a sizeable dairy operation at Flowerdale, and lease another flower production block at Elliot. The family grows more than 30 Call us on 13 10 80 or read how other farmers have benefited from sound Waratah advice at www.onesteelwaratah.com.au Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1402/TC The Australian livestock and crop markets are surging, which means asset reliability is critical. One of the best ways to ensure your operation keeps up with the boom is to invest in quality Waratah products. For over 125 years, Waratah products have built a reputation as being a sound and reliable investment for rural Australia. Fro premium GalStar post range, through to the Longlife Blue colour fence wire products, Waratah will conti be a solid asset for the future of your business. Talk to the fencing experts at Waratah today about fencing solutions that fit your business investment strat o o o o om mo ourr m m iiinue to n tt tegies. eg
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