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TAS Country : February 10th 2011
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 11, 2011 News Drought KAROLIN MacGREGOR SARA Boxhall has broken a two-decade drought by becoming the first woman to win the prestigious Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Association championship in 21 years. The 17-year-old was one of 23 competitors in last week's championship event, which was held at the TMCA's annual get-together near Conara. Sara rode a five-year-old Australian stock horse gelding, Huntsman, who is owned by the MacKinnon family from Wickford Pastoral at Longford. While she is still eligible to enter the junior championship, Sara said she made the decision to have a go at the senior event this year, but had not expected to win. ''I rode two horses this year and I wanted to ride one in the junior and one in the senior, but I couldn't do that, so I thought I may as well go in the senior with both of them,'' she said. Competitors in the championship must complete three different sections, including a handy stock horse-type obstacle course, which features crossing a bridge, opening and closing a gate and a set of slip rails, and also cracking a stock whip while mounted. Report reveals mindset behind diversification THE diversification of farming operations is the focus of a new report. The Reasons Why Far- mers Diversify -- Northern Midlands Tasmania looks at how and why farmers make the decisions to change their operations. Rural Development Ser- vices senior consultant Don Defenderfer said the report targeted many groups from farming famil- ies through to regional communities and govern- ment policy makers. ''This study of farm div- ersification in the North- ern Midlands of Tasmania draws out the complex factors that influence decision-making about change,'' Mr Defenderfer said. It is hoped that the infor- mation and lessons learned from this study can be applied across the nation. ''This project is es- pecially relevant now be- cause there is such a huge focus by government and industry on farm diversifi- cation through new irri- gation projects such as the Midlands Water Scheme,'' Mr Defenderfer said. He said the insights of the study would be of practical use to both pro- ducers considering diversi- fication strategies as well as policy-makers who may be looking at ways to understand how industry can better adopt diversifi- cation opportunities.'' Download report from ruraldevelopmen tservices.com. For more information talk to your Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist on 1800 335 374. *Erysipelas is one of a number of causes of arthritis in sheep. 1. Graham Lean & Associates (2009). Cost benefit analysis of Eryvac in commercial sheep flocks. Pfizer data on file. Vaccinating your ewes pre-lambing can protect your lambs from Erysipelas* arthritis, which can cause lameness, painful and swollen joints and depression, all of which lead to hefty production losses. Economic modelling has shown that vaccination with Eryvac makes economic sense. Protecting your lambs from Erysipelas can improve your profits by up to 85 cents per DSE in prime lamb flocks and 59 cents per DSE in wool flocks.1 So stop Erysipelas arthritis crippling your profits and protect your flock with Eryvac . Arthritis cripples your profits Sheep Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114. Registered trademark of Pfizer. Freecall: 1800 335 374 PAL0358/TC
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