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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 18, 2011 Tassie jitters over fruit fly outbreak From Page 7 ''There are a number of very important markets that we've been able to gain access to over the years because of our fruit- fly free status and it's vital that we maintain that,'' she said. Cutbacks to quarantine services by the State Government in recent years has been a cause of concern for many agricul- tural industries, including fruit growers. Ms Gregg said she was currently seeking a meet- ing with Tasmanian Prem- ier Lara Giddings to dis- cuss the issue. ''Obviously there have been some quite signifi- cant budget cutting measures talked about in the last few days, so we want to meet with the Premier to make sure she is aware of our concerns,'' Ms Gregg said. ''We want to try and ensure there are no more cuts made to essential bio- security and quarantine services.'' Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment acting general manager of bio- security and product integ- rity Rod Andrewartha said no extra biosecurity measures had been put in place as yet. ''Tasmania has stringent biosecurity measures to safeguard the state against fruit fly,'' he said. ''We are confident they are sufficient at present and will continue to moni- tor the Victorian situ- ation.'' News Canine companions give oldies beaut boost JENNIFER CRAWLEY They know the names of all the dogs and something very special happens when the dogs visit the home.' DOGS are good therapy for the residents of a North West Coast nursing home, especially farm dogs. Farm dogs Kelcey and Patch visit the Eliza Pur- ton Nursing Home each week under the Delta Ther- apy Dog program. The dogs belong to Ron and Maree Maxfield who run Angus cattle on a 50ha farm at Nietta near Ulver- stone. When Kelcey and Patch are not working the cattle they are doing the rounds at the nursing home. ''One minute Kelcey's on the back of the tractor supervising haymaking and rounding up cattle, the next minute she's with the old people, and then at night she's on the couch with me,'' Mrs Maxfield said. Mrs Maxfield is a health re- searcher at the University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School in Burnie and a volunteer with the Delta Dog program. She said many of the Eliza Purton residents came from farms and had dogs. ''The dogs have an amaz- ing affect on patients with dementia. ''They know the names of all the dogs and some- thing very special happens when the dogs visit the home. ''One resident in a wheelchair calls out to Kelcey to 'get up here, get up here' exactly like my husband does. ''Kelcey hops right up and she loves it. Mr and Mrs Maxfield have four working dogs. ''I love dogs,'' she said. ''I work in health at the university and I really wanted to do some com- munity work so I joined the Delta Dog program.'' Mrs Maxfield said re- search showed that pets enhanced a person's psychological, emotional and physical health. ''Even touching them is beneficial,'' she said. ''Making contact with a dog is particularly ben- eficial.'' Grain prices edge towards record WORLD wheat and corn prices are inching their way up to the record levels of 2008. Chicago Board of Trade first-contract wheat fu- tures prices hit $US8.99 a bushel or $A334 a tonne last week and are slowly closing in on the record $US12.80 a bushel ($A509 a tonne) of March 2008. Corn prices have more than doubled since July, hitting $US7.07 a bushel, or $A279 a tonne, last week. In July 2008, CBOT corn peaked at $US8.08 a bushel, or $A342 a tonne. The news follows the release of the US Depart- ment of Agriculture's monthly grain estimates last week, which saw US corn stock predictions dropping 9.4 per cent to 17.14 million tonnes. Storey Marketing Ser- vices principal Ron Storey described the global grain market as ''an explosive situation'', with prices de- pendent on weather in the northern hemisphere in the next three months. ''Current prices reflect the premium for this uncer- tainty and are likely to stay in place till this risk period subsides,'' Mr Storey said. He urged Australian growers waiting to sell to ''lock in good profits'' rath- er than wait for prices to continue climbing. The Weekly Times It s sometimes hard to know what s ahead. But with Case IH finance fixed for up to five years, it s easier to manage your cashflow. Right now, you can get a versatile JXU or MAXXUM tractor fixed for five years at just 5.65% finance. Plus there is no penalty for early payouts or ongoing fees. This offer is for a very limited time, so act fast! Go to www.caseih.com to find out more or for instant online finance pre-approval. *Conditions apply see your Case IH dealer for details. EE AT A EA
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