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TAS Country : March 3rd 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011 Tasmanian Country 9 News POSH: Steven Jenkins welcomes a guest to his five-star kennels. Dog's life a cushy one here JENNIFER CRAWLEY HIDDEN away in 140 wooded acres are possibly the most modern, most sustainable and most dog friendly kennels in Tasmania. Leanne and Steven Jenkins think they have found heaven, and dogs at the Peace of Mind boarding kennels look like they have too. The Jenkinses moved from Sydney to Lower Longley via Bicheno. They looked at plans and models before building the kennels, determined not to repeat the mistakes of others. The entire kennel area is tiled except for the doggie lounge, which is carpeted. The tiled floors are hydroponically heated and are mopped clean, never hosed. Each kennel has access to a grassed area where the dogs can play with each other. Thirty kennels line a walkway that stretches down to the doggie lounge. Dogs are never doubled up with other dogs. Tank water for the tiles is heated by a wood boiler and recycled. ''It's great and it doesn't cost a cent,'' Steven said. The Jenkins's three children were born in Tasmania. ''They love animals,'' Leanne said. ''They are exactly the same as us.'' Steven is a cray fisherman and a bricklayer. He was working long hours in Sydney and could get out crayfishing only one day a week. So the Jenkins moved to Bicheno where Steven operated a fishing boat for 14 years. Then Leanne said she wanted to open dog kennels. The Jenkins offer a doggie-day- care service for rural dwellers who work in the city. Whippet Mabel's Glen Huon owners drop her off at the kennels on Monday on their way into Hobart and pick her up on Friday. ''It is exceptionally hard work but I enjoy it,'' Leanne said. Clydesdale horses, chooks, ducks and the family dogs play on the lawns of the hilltop home. Brittany Jenkins, 12, helps feed the dogs and takes a photo of each dog, which is displayed on their kennel door. Six inches of snow on the ground last winter did not bother the dogs housed in cosy kennels that are warmer than the Jenkins's own house. ''It doesn't get much better than this for the dogs,'' Leanne said. Simplot gives spud growers a breather KAROLIN MacGREGOR SIMPLOT Australia has agreed to pay Tasmanian potato growers an extra $20 a tonne after one of the most difficult growing seasons for years. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graz- iers Association Simplot processing potato committee successfully com- pleted negotiations with the com- pany late last week. Record rainfall during January caused major crop losses due to waterlogging and flooding in many growing areas. Committee chairman Trevor Hall said the price rise was vital to ensure growers covered their costs from this year's disastrous season. ''This increase in the price is to make sure that growers can pay for this year's crop and to keep them in the industry so they can grow again next year,'' Mr Hall said. ''If we hadn't done this, I think a lot of growers would have struggled to be able to grow again next season.'' Growers accepted a $25 a tonne price cut during last year's price negotiations, which would have pro- duced returns of less than $300 a tonne. ''Growers agreed to grow for that price and we were relying on getting good yields to get us through,'' Mr Hall said. ''But that hasn't happened. ''We've had some huge crop losses and a lot of people just wouldn't have been able to grow again if the company wasn't prepared to pay more.'' Under the new agreement, Simplot will pay growers an extra $20 a tonne on the base price for all potatoes delivered to the processing facility. Farmers who had contracted to deliver, but were unable to do so, will be paid $50 a tonne. The company has also agreed not to penalise growers for undersized potatoes, unless they are unsuitable for processing. ''This should help get most growers through, but I think even with this, a lot of growers will only just be able to cover their costs,'' Mr Hall said. He said the agreement demon- strated the importance of having an effective negotiating committee. An open letter was this week sent to about 200 Simplot suppliers urging them to get behind the levy-funded committee. The letter states that the new amended price agreement will de- liver about $6 million extra to the industry and an extra $15,000 for the average Simplot supplier. Only about half of the state's Simplot growers currently pay the .53 per cent levy which works out at about $1.69 per tonne. The company and the negotiating committee have agreed that a $40 a tonne pay increase on the 2010-2011 base price will be needed for the 2011-2012 season. Fruit sector rues $50m loss RECORD summer rainfall and poor mar- ket conditions may have cost Tasmania's fruit industry as much as $50 million this season. Prolonged rainfall in many growing areas damaged fruit crops, particularly cherries. Fruit quality was down on previous years after a combination of rainfall and reduced sunlight hours affected flavour and shelf life. Fruit Growers Tasmania business development officer Lucy Gregg said a reduction in shelf life meant much of the fruit did not meet the required export quality and had to be sold on the domestic market. ''Unfortunately it was a tough season and that was because we had the com- pounding factors of the weather and the market conditions,'' Ms Gregg said. Source: APRA Monthly Banking Statistics/NAB-adjusted post publication: November 2008 -- November 2010. © 2011 National Australia Bank Limited ABN 12 0 04 044 937 AFSL 230686 1412_ When other banks took a break from lending to businesses, we didn't. 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