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TAS Country : February 10th 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 Get the dirt on your soil's carbon footprint SOIL: Bill Chilvers and Leanne Sherriff get down to the basics of farming. MAXIMISING the benefits of soil carbon will be the focus of a new project soon to be up and running in Tasmania. The 18-month project is being funded through the Federal Government's Car- ing For Our Country program and will be run by Agricultural Research Management. Project organiser Leanne Sherriff said the aim of the project was to work with farmers from around the state to im- prove soil carbon levels on their properties and get more benefits from it. ''People have been get- ting a bit fixated on the sequestration of soil car- bon because of the trading issue and they seem to be forgetting about all the other benefits,'' she said. ''Soil carbon can have quite significant benefits as far as production and overall soil health, so that's something we want to look at a bit more.'' The project will involve three farmer groups in the South, North and North- West of the state. Each group will include five to six farmers, who ideally are involved in simi- lar farming operations. Ms Sherriff said each group would choose a specific topic it wanted to focus on. After that, demon- stration and trial sites will be estab- lished on the properties to investigate different management systems and techniques. As part of the project, participating farmers will have the chance to assess their indi- vidual property's overall carbon footprint. ''We talk about carbon footprints, but most far- mers don't know how their farm is performing as far as emissions go, and even if they are given a figure it's often difficult for them to know if it's good or bad, so hopefully we'll be able to give them a better under- standing about that,'' Ms Sherriff said. Applications from far- mers to become involved with the project are now being accepted. Applications close on February 21 and after that they will be assessed and the farmer groups in each region will be formed. Ms Sherriff said field days and workshops were also planned to ensure the information was available to land owners around the state. Phone Ms Sherriff on 6337 8370 or 0429 329 349. over as Sara saddles up a winner DOG'S LIFE: Taking in all the action at the TMCA's annual get- together. UP AND OVER: Competitors jump a log in the stock horse race. LEFT: Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Association championship winner Sara Boxhall and Australian stock horse Huntsman. RIGHT: A competitor in the billy can race finds an unconventional way to get across the finish line. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR 'This is a really great venue to have the get- together and I think most people seem to be having a good time.' ---TASMANIAN MOUNTAIN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT TRACEY BOON Competitors must then demonstrate their stockmanship in the cattle handling section, where they must work a beast around a set course and are scored according to their technique. The final competition -- and most participants' favourite part -- is a timed stock horse race, where competitors must complete a 2km cross-country course, which includes carrying a pretend calf, crossing ditches and jumping logs. The combination that performs most consistently over all three sections is the winner. Sara said Huntsman's calm temperament made him ideal for the handy stock horse section. ''I'm lucky to be able to ride such a good horse,'' she said. ''He's got a really good temperament, so the handy stock horse part suits him, and he does quite well on the cattle too.'' Sara and her partner Aiden Nunn, who helps her prepare the horses, both work at Wickford and spend a couple of weeks practising in the lead-up to the event. Second place in this year's championship was taken out by visiting Victorian rider Chris Connley riding his horse Seaspray. Third place went to long-time championship competitor Geoff Harvey riding Hunter. In the junior championship, Danielle Whatley and her horse Wes were the winners, with first-time competitor Will Jones taking home second place. The annual get-together is a highlight on the calendar for many families. This year's event was held on the Pengilley family's picturesque property Brambletye, not far from Conara. TMCA president Tracey Boon said the Pengilley family had been the ideal hosts. ''Even though Keith Pengilley hadn't actually been to one of our get-togethers before we came here, the family have been absolutely fantastic,'' she said. Many families camp at the event and take part in the Saturday competitions before going on the annual trial ride on the Sunday, which can include up to 400 horses and riders. Ms Boon said while official crowd numbers were not known, this year's gate takings were some of their highest on record. ''Everything has gone really smoothly,'' she said. ''This is a really great venue to have the get-together and I think most people seem to be having a good time.'' Next year will be the TMCA's 25th annual get-together. It will be held on the O'Connor family's property Windfalls near Campbell Town. TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2048615-08 After harvest clean up. Avoid future crop contamination by allowing poppy seed to germinate on the ground surface before deep ploughing or ripping. Your Field Officer can advise. 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