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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 5, 2010 Women say cheese to workshop POPULAR: Lance Wilson talks curds and whey at the cheesemaking workshop. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN KAROLIN McGREGOR AFTER an overwhelming response to last week's cheesemaking workshop at Oatlands, plans are al- ready under way for a second one. The women-only event was organised by the win- ner of this year's Tasman- ian Rural Women's Award, Gabbi Bresnehan. About 70 women at- tended the workshop, which was funded through the $10,000 award bursary. Ms Bresnehan said she could not believe the level of interest in the work- shop. ''It's been fantastic,'' she said. 'We filled all the places within the first 48 hours and I've got a list of about 70 more women, so it looks like we'll be holding second one.'' Ms Bresnehan said she was not surprised by the participants' enthusiasm to get off the farm and learn new skills. ''When we did all the work through the drought we found out that there are a lot of women out there who are really keen to do courses and learn practical skills,'' she said. Ms Bresnehan said the workshop was also an op- portunity for the partici- pants to have a day away from the farm and to socialise with women they don't get to see very often. ''It's really good because they get to come out and learn some new skill but also have a nice relaxing day at the same time and have some fun,'' she said. Lance and Cynthia Wil- son from Levendale ran the cheesemaking demon- strations, and participants were able to see the whole process and taste the end products. Ms Bresnehan said there was also strong interest in a leather crafts course. ''It's another practical skill that can have a go at and maybe something they can use on the farm,'' she said. Ms Bresnehan said the workshops were also an opportunity to talk about health issues that may have been pushed aside while women were dealing with the drought. ''A lot of the time women just tend to focus on doing what needs to get done and things like their health are put on the back burner, so we want to encourage them to make sure they are look- ing after themselves and doing all the necessary checks and things,'' she said. News OPPORTUNITY: Rod Thirkell-Johnston End of an era set to lift demand for Tassie wool From Page 3 ''A lot of wool buyers shut up shop or just stopped buying wool,'' Mr Calvert said. ''But when you look at the supply situation and countries starting to come out of the GFC now, if we see an increase in demand I think we could see the wool industry improve.'' Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers As- sociation wool council chairman Rod Thirkell-Johnston said like many pro- ducers he was not surprised that the Launceston wool sale had been wound up. ''I think this was inevitable, but the important thing now is where we go from here,'' he said. ''This could really work, as long as the sale in Melbourne is maintained as an exclusive sale for Tasmanian wool. ''And it needs to be promoted as a Tasmanian wool sale.'' Mr Thirkell-Johnston said while there was a certain sadness as Tasmania's wool sales came to an end, it was vital the industry continued to move forward. ''If we take this as a new start for promoting Tasmanian wool, we could be successful and quite innovative,'' he said. ''I think the challenge is for the industry to get out there and use this as an opportunity. ''Tasmanian wool is Tasmanian wool no matter where it's sold.'' Mr Calvert said some producers might choose to travel to Melbourne for the sale.
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