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TAS Country : January 13th 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 News Tassie's flood offensive EMMA HOPE A TASKFORCE of Tasmanian farmers will fly to Queensland and to rebuild fences on properties devastated by this week's floods. And all Tasmanian farmers have pledged their support to their northern Australian counterparts through the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers As- sociation. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said the extent and consequences of the flooding were ''beyond imagination''. ''We join with the rest of the nation in seeking to understand the scale and trauma of this natural disaster,'' she said. ''Normally we look at emergency fodder drops in situations like this but the logistics of that are pretty much insurmountable.'' Instead of physical assistance, the TFGA has recommended financial aid. Fencing taskforce organiser Norm Cairns said experienced volunteers were desperately needed to join the group. ''We particularly want people with farming backgrounds or tradesmen who can work with farmers,'' he said. ''We need people who can handle tools, preferably farmers or fencing contractors. We will be repairing fences and rebuilding irrigation sys- tems.'' Mr Cairns said he was hoping to round up 30 volunteers to fly to Queensland about January 20 and spend two weeks on the ground. Food and accommodation will be provided and organised by the Rotary Club. Mr Cairns said he hoped the airfares would be donated by an airline or given at a reduced rate. ''We will be working with the people who are in really diabolical trouble,'' he said. ''There have been a couple of suicides up there already, it's just awful.'' Mr Cairns said he was overwhelmed by the support shown already, but more helpers were required. ''I've had calls from all over the place from people wanting to help. I had a call from a father and son from the North-West who work for National Parks building tracks, they are the ideal type of people we can use. ''I had another call from a bloke who's had a dairy farm and an orchard all his life. He's someone who has the skills we need.'' Mr Cairns said he had been in- formed by Emerald Rotarian and disas- ter co-ordinator Leon Clothier that offers of help had even come from farmers in Vietnam. ''Now they are approaching the Prime Minister to see if they will help them with entry permits.'' Anybody wanting to volunteer is asked to phone 6267 4629. Donations can be made to AgForce Queensland and Aussie Helpers. Ag- Force Queensland represents Queens- land's beef, sheep and grain producers and Aussie Helpers is a volunteer group that assists all farmers in distress. The web link for the flood appeal fund is: www.nff.org.au/read/ 1901/flood-appeals.html/ Banking details for donations are: Aussie Helpers Ltd ABN 291226111582 or Qld Farmers Flood Appeal BSB: 484 799 Account: 015147867. Donations to Beyond Blue can be made through www.beyondblue.org.au IN DEMAND: Goat breeder Anna Shepheard, of Moriarty. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Lonely owners yodel for a goat EMMA HOPE THE increasing popularity of lifestyle properties and owning goats as working pets has led to a shortage of kids in Tasmania. The increased demand means those wanting kids must go on a waiting list for a year or more to purchase the animals. Dairy Goat Association of Tasmania president Jane Hewlett said the growing popularity of goats was partly due to families wanting to use their milk. ''A lot of people now want to make cheese and yoghurt from their own goat's milk and there is also a lot of demand from people with children who suffer from dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis,'' she said. Goats breed only once a year and this year's breeding season has just ended. ''Most of the kids were prior booked and many went to the mainland,'' she said. ''Tasmania is also involved in export trade to Taiwan and the Philippines.'' Due to global warming and the need to live sustainably, goats have become more and more popular. One goat will provide enough milk each day to meet a family's needs without the emissions created by a cow. The Dairy Goat Association has 50 members who each bred on average 20 kids a year. As output depends on the percentage of females born, some years there is an abundance of bucks, which creates a shortage of kids the following year. 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