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TAS Country : December 9th 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 7 Study shows farm forest carbon edge KAROLIN MacGREGOR JUST how much Tasmanian farmers know about carbon farming has been revealed in a new report. The report is one of three recently released and focuses on using on-farm forestry to take advantage of carbon farming opportunities. The project is aimed at providing farmers with information that will help them make informed choices about managing their greenhouse gas emis- sions by growing more trees on their properties. Rural Development Services senior consultant Don Defenderfer wrote Car- bon storage and trading through farm forestry: A survey of Tasmanian far- mers. As part of the project 64 farmers from across the state were surveyed. The report says 81 per cent of farmers have a medium to low level of understanding about carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions and how they relate to farm forestry. Farmers surveyed indicated that due to a lack of certainty about a national carbon framework and trading scheme, carbon storage was a low priority for them. A lack of clear government policy combined with the low price of carbon are two of the major barriers farmers see to becoming involved with carbon farming. Because of this, 69 per cent of farmers say there is no benefit to them in reducing or offsetting their farm greenhouse gas emissions through farm forestry However, Mr Defenderfer said 78 per cent of farmers surveyed believed they have a social responsibility as land- owners to take action on their farms to reduce greenhouse emissions. Farmers say that the wider com- munity however should assist them to do this, rather than penalise them for being productive farmers. About half the farmers surveyed indicated they had already put in place measures to reduce their farm's greenhouse gas emissions, or to store carbon on their farms. A report written by Ruth Hall from AK Consultants called Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions Audit Re- port has also revealed some interesting information about the source of emis- sions from four demonstration farms. The report says that enteric methane accounts for 50 per cent of emissions, even from cropping operations. This jumps up to 82 per cent from an intensively managed dairy farm. Ms Hall's report says when account- ing for all the Kyoto-compliant emis- sions, only one of the four farms sequestered more carbon than it emitted. ''The audit will help farmers gain an understanding of the accounting meth- odologies and the carbon footprint of individual farms,'' she said. The third report was written by Scott Livingston from Livingston Natural Resource Service and looked at farm plantation management. Mr Livingston's report says the more productive the land, the higher the profitability of all farm-based plan- tation management regimens. On poorer land, harvest often needed to be brought forward to improve returns, even though this resulted in smaller logs. The distance from the farm to the processing facility or market also had a significant impact on the farm gate price for plantation wood and influ- ences the profitability of plantation enterprises. News ACTION APLENTY: From left, Sally Keen and son Will, Michael Glasser, Anthony Scott, Rob Keen and Reg Harris. Keen bidders boost stud auction A TOP price of $2000 was paid for a White Suffolk ram at the Spring Valley stud's first on-farm sale. Carmen Eastley, of Deloraine, made the bid for Lot 1 of Rob and Sally Keen's offering of 84 rams and 33 ewes at their Bracknell property. A good crowd offered some spirited bidding before the hammer of guest auctioneer Michael Glasser, of Elders Albury. T. and J. Eddington of Selbourne paid $1700 to claim the second highest price as the rams averaged $945. A lot of 30 selected commercial ewes was snapped up by R. G. Huett Pty Ltd of Deloraine for a top price of $215 to average $205. Volume buyers on the day were: Rostrevor Farm Partnership, of Fingal -- nine rams at an average of $1000. Croftside Nominees, of Powranna -- six rams to a top of $1300 and a $1133 average. Tullochgorum Estate, of Fingal -- six rams to a top of $1300. R. E. and R. A. Davey, of Darlington Park at Cressy -- six rams to a top of $1100. Enstone Park Pastoral Company, of Falmouth -- six rams to a top of $1200 and an average of $1000. Ms Keen said she was very pleased with the outcome and that past clients had continued to support their breeding program by attending the auction. O er applicable to vehicles purchased and delivered between November 1 and December 31, 2010. ^Available on post August production models. Primary Producers only. Toyota reserves the right to extend any o er. Excludes demos. While stocks last. 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