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TAS Country : January 13th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 14, 2011 News A tried and true production system has helped the Porteus family ride out the ups and downs of Tasmania's cattle industry for decades. By Karolin MacGregor GENERATION THREE: Troy Porteus and son Joel, 6 LES Porteus and his son Troy have been producing some of the state's top Japanese ox cattle for many years on their properties at Circular Head. Turning off top-quality prime Japan ox cattle year- round is no easy task. A finely tuned management system seems to be the key to consistent quality. The family owns 810ha at Roger River, 405ha near Seven Mile Beach and 203ha at Mella. Their initial change from dairying about 40 years ago was a case of necessity, as Les Porteus was allergic to the rubber products used in the dairy. Although he was too young to remember it, Troy says it was a good decision. ''I don't think I'd be too keen on milking cows, so it's probably a good thing Dad had to get out of the dairy,'' he said. Troy said they aimed to turn cattle off year round, which meant ensuring they had adequate pas- tures for consistent live- weight gains. ''The biggest thing we find is just keeping the grass in front of them and not holding them back at all,'' he said. ''You can always tell the cattle that have had a few checks because they're Rodeo riders set for $16,500 bonanza EMMA HOPE HOLD on tight, Tasmanian rodeo season is here. Ulverstone will host Tasmania's biggest and richest rodeo next Saturday with $16,500 in prize money on offer. Rodeo judge Brian Fish said a huge crowd of more than 5000 spectators was expected. ''Our events have all been well supported over the years and I think this year will be no excep- tion.'' Mr Fish said there were many elements that attracted people to the sport. ''The excitement of it. And, I guess, just bringing back some of the heritage that Australia was made of. ''People love to come and see that there are still, well we call them cowboys, but the other term would be a ringer or stock hand.'' Mr Fish said it was also the thrill of the spectacle. ''The bull ride is the one the crowd really loves to see. We love to see somebody get jumped on, I don't know why that is.'' Mr Fish said many animal welfare measures were taken on- board for the rodeos. ''There is a national code of practice which we're proud to be part of. We have a vet on ground, which is good to have if there is an injury. ''We've also shortened the time limits on the animals we're run- ning, and have smaller and softer arenas.'' The Ulverstone event has been named the Blue Rodeo with pro- ceeds going to aid Beyond Blue, the anxiety and depression group. All competitors will be asked to dress in blue shirts. The event will be held at Batten Park, South Road, Ulverstone. Gates open at 2pm. The junior rodeo begins at 5pm, and the main events at 7pm Admission costs $15 for adults, $5 for children and $35 for families. The event will feature eight main events including junior, nov- ice and open categories for begin- ners and professionals. Competitors can enter on the day at the secretary's box, entries are limited to 10 per event. ANZ Australia s best value agribusiness bank. As awarded by CANSTAR CANNEX 2009 and 2010. Financial Services Research Group CANSTAR CANNEX compared 15 major agribusiness bank s, credit unions and building societies to determine the bank that o ered the best value to agribusiness. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. ANZ s colour blue is a trade mark o ANZ. After years of supporting Australian agribusiness, we ve learnt that no two farms are the same. Therefore, it s only by getting to know how your business works that we can understand what you need. So whether we visit your property, your o ce or talk over the phone, make an appointment with your local ANZ Agribusiness Manager today. Visit anz.com/agri or call 1800 462 474. e don t just know your banking. e take the time to understand your business.
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