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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 News Judgment day earns Danika trip to Adelaide CHOSEN ONE: Danika Gardam will represent Tasmania at the national junior judging championships. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR KAROLIN MacGREGOR More Devonport Show stories pages 10-11 DANIKA Gardam has an eye for cattle, a skill that has earned her the chance to represent Tasmania at next year's national junior judging championships. In September the 20-year-old will travel to the Adelaide Show, where she will be up against junior judges from around the country. Miss Gardam beat Tas- mania's top junior judges at last week's Devonport Show, where the state's final junior judging competition was held. In what is believed to be a first, Miss Gardam received a perfect score from the over judge to take out the title. Miss Gardam has been interested in cattle for many years and started cattle handling when she was about nine years old. She also established her own Santa Gertrudis stud at age 14, but had to wind it up after moving house. However, she still shows cattle for Santa Gertrudis breeders Cathy and Allen Murfet, who have kept on one of Miss Gardam's favourite cows from her own stud at their Cathnal stud at Sheffield. Miss Gardam is a regular competitor at shows around the state. ''I still get nervous before I compete, but luckily once I get in front of the microphone I'm fine,'' she said. During junior judging competitions participants are required to assess and judge a group of animals, placing them in their preferred order. They are then required to explain their judging decisions in front of the show onlookers. An over judge assesses each participant and scores them on their ability to judge the cattle, their overall presentation and explanations. ''I just look at the animals and choose the ones I would want at home in my paddock,'' Miss Gardam said. Competition at core of growers' fears CHANGES AFOOT: Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has announced a review of Australia's quarantine laws. JENNIFER CRAWLEY Continued Page 21 TASMANIAN orchardists are bracing for an influx of New Zealand apples after the World Trade Organisation overturned Australia's ban on the trans-Tasman fruit, saying it was unscientific and broke international rules. The New Zealand apple and pear marketing board ENZA said the WTO decision cleared the way for detailed discussions to start on the technical details of imports into Australia, with New Zealand apples expected to be on Aust- ralian supermarket shelves by 2012. Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has announced a review of quarantine laws that may yet delay or continue to keep New Zealand apples out of Australia, but growers are not confident. Spreyton apple grower Marcus Burns said competition, not fireblight disease, was the biggest worry with New Zealand apples. However, Pipfruit NZ chief Peter Beaven said competition was a good thing for Australian growers because it would encourage Aust- ralians to eat more apples. Apples and pears grown on Mr Burns' 22ha property, Avro Park Orchards, are sold at Coles supermarkets and are used to make the popular Spreyton Apple Juice. Mr Burns said New Zealand only had to land one pallet of apples at a market somewhere in Tasmania to affect local growers. ''They're not going to land at a premium price above Australia, it's going to be under,'' he said. ''If they have any volume at all that will benchmark it. ''I imagine the supermarkets will buy di- rectly from New Zealand.'' But Mr Beaven said NZ apples would help Australian growers increase their profits. He said Australia's per-capita consumption was one of the lowest in the Western world. Australians eat between 6kg and 8kg of apples per person per year, New Zealanders 15kg, German 18kg and Turks 34kg. ''What I have always said to the Australian growers is that there's a really good oppor- tunity for us to grow consumption in Australia, not to pinch your share of the market,'' Mr Beaven said. ''Your consumers don't eat anything like what's normal -- even in the United States and the UK they are up to around 10kg.'' He said consumers would be inclined to eat more apples if they were offered a larger variety. ''You don't have Pacific Rose, you don't have much Jazz, you don't have Pacific Queen, you don't have many Coxes and you have almost no Braeburn,'' Mr Beaven said. ''Of course there's going to be some compe- tition. Whenever you get new entrants into a market you're going to get competition, but there is an opportunity to grow the Australian consumption of apples rather than pinch a share of the Australians'.'' Mr Burns said the main variety of apples grown in Tasmania was Gala, a type the New Zealanders are expert at growing. ''Right now Tasmanian growers are making their money because we grow a better Gala than the rest of Australia,'' he said. ''There goes our cream.'' Mr Beaven said if Tasmanians continued to grow high-quality colour Galas they would continue to get good prices for them. ''Nothing's going to change,'' he said. Mr Burns said he was hopeful that some varieties grown in Tasmania would not be viable for the New Zealanders to export. He said it cost less to grow an apple in New Zealand than it did here, and it cost less to pack them because they were packed in a central packing shed, whereas most Tasmanian or- chards had their own packing shed. ''At the end of the day I guess the Kiwis are a bit smarter than what we are,'' he said. Snub for Aussie wool ANOTHER American company has refused to buy Australian wool from mulesed sheep. Women's clothing brand Talbots will follow in the footsteps of Hugo Boss, Gap and H&M by removing all mulesed wool. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the decision came after the Australian wool industry's backflip on phasing out mulesing by the end of this year. The Weekly Times The AJF provides rewards of up to $30,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution or signi cant animal welfare outcome as judged by the AJF. ADVERTISEMENT Have you witnessed animal cruelty in your workplace? The Animal Justice Fund would like to hear from you. e-mail: email@example.com TO PROVIDE INFORMATION: or call: 0457 448 419 www.AnimalJusticeFund.org
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