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TAS Country : November 18th 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 Your Say email@example.com Focus must be on fertile North-West DAVID Bartlett's food bowl idea for Tas- mania is an excellent one, and it makes complete sense to further capitalise on growing the world-class produce Tasmania is already renowned for. However, spending millions to irrigate the Midlands area where land has been de- graded for decades and where salinity problems already exist should not be the priority. Surely a more sensible use of government funds is to recognise, support and increase the quality of food grown in the rich soils of the state's North-West, and ensure no more of this prime farm land is allowed to be sold off to grow soil-degrading, thirsty tree plantations. These trees will never sustain us when we're hungry. ANNE LAYTON-BENNETT Swan Bay Pea-ed off over football deal WHILE one has to sym- pathise with those pea growers who have just had market contracts can- celled, it must also be noted that a day before Simplot announced its decision, St- ate Premier Bartlett an- nounced a multi-million- dollar deal with the Haw- thorn Football Club. What a pathetic sick joke by a Premier who still carries on about Tasmania becoming the nation's food bowl, while football has proven to be his number one priority. How many Tasmanian farmers will head down the pathway to financial ruin during the contract period of financial gain now to be enjoyed by Haw- thorn courtesy of our state government? Or has the Government got its priorities right? BILL CHUGG Campbell Town LAND BUY-UP: Jan Cameron bought 27,000ha land for conservation purposes. Picture: MATT NEWTON Protection by loggers unnoticed RECENTLY the Mercury carried an editorial headed ''Deserving our gratitude'' describing the purchase by Jan Cameron of 27,000ha of private Tasmanian land as a ''deal to protect''. The editorial goes on to describe how this land in- cludes ''old, rare and unique forests, habitat for endangered species and culturally significant sites''. It is the people who have managed these properties for the past 30, 40 and up to 50 years who are deserving of our gratitude, for the way they have ensured these values have been maintained. It is the employees of Tasmanian Board Mills, Forest Resources, Boral, North Forest Products and finally Gunns, who with their expertise and the maintenance of the princi- pals of the Forest Practices system, have ensured these properties are so worthy of Jan Cameron's interest. These properties have been managed for timber production -- ie, logged over all that time, while at the same time managed for all the other values captured within their boundaries. Only time will tell how well Jan Cameron and the Tasmanian Land Conserv- ancy will manage them into the future, and they will be judged on their achievements in due course. In the meantime, it would be heartening to see some well-deserved recog- nition for those who are actually responsible for the excellent condition in which these properties have been passed on. GEOFF WILKINSON Tranmere For more information talk to your Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist on 1800 335 374. *Erysipelas is one of a number of causes of ar thritis in sheep. 1. Graham Lean & Associates (2009). Cost benefit analysis of Eryvac in commercial sheep flocks. Pfizer data on file. If you ve seen arthritis in your lambs this season, unfortunately there s nothing you can do about it now. But you can prepare yourself for next season. Vaccinating your ewes pre-lambing can protect your lambs from Erysipelas* arthritis, which leaves them with painful and swollen joints, lameness and depression, all of which lead to hefty production losses. Economic modelling has shown that vaccination with Eryvac makes economic sense. Protecting your lambs from Erysipelas can improve your profits by up to 85 cents per DSE in prime lamb flocks and 59 cents per DSE in wool flocks.1 So stop Erysipelas arthritis crippling your profits and protect your flock with Eryvac . Arthritis cripples your profits Sheep Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114. Registered trademark of Pfizer. Freecall: 1800 335 374 PAL0275/TC
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