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TAS Country : November 25th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 26, 2010 News ON-SITE: Rob Dennis' mobile seed cleaner can reduce transport costs. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Clean grain mission for new machine PROUD OWNERS: Diane and Rob Dennis. KAROLIN MacGREGOR A NEW mobile seed clean- ing machine, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, has arrived in Tas- mania. The machine was built by DE Engineers in West- ern Australia and was brought to Tasmania by Rob and Diane Dennis. The couple, who not long ago sold their farm near Cressy, saw an oppor- tunity to set up a mobile seed cleaning service in the state. ''We were looking for a bit of lifestyle change after we sold the farm and I grew a bit of grain over the years, so we thought there would be some demand for something like this,'' Mr Dennis said. He said because of the long distances involved, mobile seed cleaners were quite common in WA, but this was the first of its kind in Tasmania. The machine can pro- cess up to 30 tonnes of seed or grain an hour. It can be fitted with varying sized cleaning drums to cater for different seeds and grain, including wheat, barley, canola, oats and even lupins. Mr Dennis said being able to clean seed or grain in the paddock straight off the header may be an advantage for producers. ''It could save growers some money, because it means they don't have to transport their grain for cleaning,'' he said. ''With barley it enables a cleaner crop, which could help it make the malt grade.'' A large nine-tonne bin at the front of the cleaner is used to hold the grain, which is then moved up to the top of the machine through an auger. A fan blows off the initial dust, then three large re- volving cleaning screens separate the grain from other unwanted rubbish such as straw and stubble. Mr Dennis said he talked with producers in WA who already have similar clean- ing machines before going ahead with the final pur- chase. ''They're pretty common in WA, a lot of growers have them because it's too far to take grain just to be cleaned,'' he said. The machine may also be useful at planting time. ''Some growers like to use their own seed, so this way it can be cleaned before planting,'' Mr Den- nis said. ''A lot of the dairy farmers who are buying directly off growers now want good clean feed grain, so with this growers can clean it on farm before they sell it or put it into a silo.'' The machine can be towed on the road and Mr Dennis said they planned to travel around the state as needed. ''I guess the main thing is it gives growers another option, rather than having to send their grain off farm to get it cleaned,'' he said. Pledge to end sow stalls SPENCER AUSTRALIAN pork producers have voted to phase out sow gestation stalls by 2017 in response to mounting pres- sure from consumers and key retailers. The move will cost producers up to an estimated $95 million and will appease animal rights groups and retail giant Coles, which has pledged to sell fresh pork only from farms that don't use sow stalls from 2014. Sow stalls are used by farmers to confine and prevent fighting among pregnant sows, but opponents to the practice say it is cruel. Australian Pork Limited chief execu- tive Andrew Spencer said the vote, made at last week's APL annual meet- ing in Melbourne, was not in response to scientific evidence of animal cruelty, but ''in recognition of consumers being the most important stakeholder for our industry's success''. He said the industry was already moving towards stall-free production and would be likely to be able to supply Coles with pork from stall-free farms before its 2014 deadline. ''The debate has always been driven by consumer con- cerns,'' Mr Spencer said. ''It's not about animal welfare and there's no real sci- ence to that position held by consumers. It's much more about perceptions and that's something that's very difficult to turn around for an industry like ours.'' The decision has been applauded by animal rights groups and the RSPCA, but has some producers worried the decision will see them incur the costs of upgrading their sheds and loss of production. The Weekly Times Do you need help to live independently at home? * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are here to help. A Centre can: • Provide you with information on local aged & community care services available to suit your needs • Arrange help for carers to take a break from their caring role (respite) To contact your local Centre call Freecall 1800 052 222* To find your nearest shopfront visit www.commcarelink.health.gov.au For emergency respite outside business hours call Freecall 1800 059 059* Carer Advisory and Counselling Service For family carer support and counselling you can contact your state or territory Carers Association on 1800 242 636* adcorp11868
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