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TAS Country : March 3rd 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011 Tasmanian Country 15 News Heirloom seed business just grows and grows From Page 5 ''At first I started collecting my own seed because I realised my seed costs were going up and it was another way to save money,'' he said. In his collection Mr Coxhead also has 80 different varieties of lettuce, 66 bean varieties and 19 pea varieties. Mr Coxhead employs a unique closed-loop production system, using weeds to harvest sunlight energy and then to use them as mulch and a source of nutrients to feed his garden. This produces good levels of organic carbon and encourages microbial ac- tivity which produces highly fertile and productive soils. Sourcing seed variety from across the globe is another area Mr Coxhead specialises in. ''It's definitely a hobby gone crazy,'' he said. ''I initially decided to do it to save money and then it became a little bit of a sideline business and it's just grown from there.'' Mr Coxhead now has growers across the country who produce seed for him. ''I'm always interested in talking to people who might want to grow seed,'' he said. ''Even if it's just a square metre in their garden, if they've got seed, I can normally find a market for it.'' In the past 12 months Mr Coxhead has concentrated on expanding the RangeView Seed catalogue and has so far added about 300 extra varieties to the list. He said it was not just about people wanting to grow something a little different in their vegetable garden. ''It's about genetic diversity and maintaining these heirloom varieties so they we still have them,'' he said. Mr Coxhead said in outside gardens it was important to have different varieties of vegetables to cope with uncontrollable seasonal conditions. ''Some varieties will perform better than others from year to year just depending on the weather we have,'' he said. Mr Coxhead said many families had vegetable varieties that have been passed down through the generations. ''Through the seed savers network, you'd be surprised what's out there,'' he said. Anyone interested in finding out more about Mr Coxhead's seed can log onto www.rangeviewsseeds.com.au. Thoroughbred sale unmitigated disaster' KAROLIN MacGREGOR I think a lot of people will have to sit back and have a really hard look at what's happening because we just can't afford to keep doing this.' A LACK of buyer interest made it tough going for Tasmanian thorough- bred breeders at last week's annual Magic Millions yearling sale. Many horses were passed in after failing to meet vendors' reserve prices. Robyn Whishaw from the state's largest thoroughbred stud Armidale at Carrick described the sale as a disaster. ''I've been selling horses for 35 years and I can't remember a sale worse than this,'' Mrs Whishaw said. ''The pass in rate was really high and alotofhorsesdidn'tevengetabid. . . it's a disaster for breeders.'' Armidale Stud sold the top-priced horse for $62,000. The filly, sired by Churchill Downs, was purchased by Victorian trainer Mark Riley. Mrs Whishaw said while the filly's price was slightly higher than ex- pected, she was the exception. ''We were pleased with that because she made a bit more than we were expecting, but I had nine other fillies that didn't even get a bid,'' she said. Mrs Whishaw said the lack of buyer interest, particularly from locals, was a concern. ''I think a lot of people will have to sit back and have a really hard look at what's happening because we just can't afford to keep doing this,'' she said. ''I just worry that we might end up not having a breeding industry here.'' Mrs Whishaw said the lack of demand for horses was the result of a number of factors including a cut in the number of race meetings across the state each year and local trainers doing it tough. She said the State Government budget allocated to the racing industry was not enough to keep it growing and moving forward. ''We used to have about 90 race meetings a year and now I think we're back to about 60, which means it's been cut by a third,'' she said. Armidale took 32 yearlings to the sale and took nine of them home. ''We can probably produce the hor- ses a bit cheaper than a lot of other places because of economies of scale but if we're losing money, I'd hate to think how other people are getting on,'' Mrs Whishaw said. Other highlights from Tuesday's sale included a filly by Not A Single Doubt from Reibey Lodge at Relbia which was bought for $60,000 by a Magic Millions agent acting on behalf of an undis- closed buyer. 2084170-110304 For full details of Clearing Sales, Wool and Livestock Market Reports visit our website www.robertsltd.com.au Hobart 6235 1444 Launceston 6337 1555 Smithton 6452 2511 Burnie 6424 8271 POWRANNA ANNUAL WEANER SALE Thursday March 10th at 12.00pm 3500 WEANERS 3500 Including 1400 EU Accredited Weaners Property Steers Heifers Description Connorville Station 200 85 Angus, 1 x 5 in 1 Vacc, EU Accredited, MN2 Connorville Den 75 65 Angus, 1 x 5 in 1 Vacc, EU Accredited, MN2 Connorville Den 25 25 Poll Hereford/Angus, 1 x 5 in 1 Vacc, EU Accredited, MN2 Elverton Pastoral 250 Angus, yard weaned, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only, EU Accredited Elverton Pastoral 100 Angus x (white face), yard weaned, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only, EU Accredited Elverton Pastoral 70 Angus Simmental, yard weaned, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only, EU Accredited Rushy Lagoon 110 Angus, MN1 Rushy Lagoon 110 Hereford, MN1 Rushy Lagoon 100 80 Angus x Hereford, MN1 Shene 140 140 Angus, July/Aug Drop, Kinloch & Surveyors Bay Bloodlines, Beef Only, 2 x 5 in 1 Vacc, complete drop Windfalls 240 Angus, Aug/Sept Drop, weaned, MN2, 1 x 5 in 1 Vacc, EU Accredited Cleveland 60 58 Wagyu Angus & Hereford Angus x, Beef Only Cleveland 54 50 Lowline Angus & Hereford Angus x , Beef Only Winton 90 20 Hereford, 1 x Vacc, EU Accredited, Beef Only Winton 20 20 Angus/Hereford, 1 x Vacc, EU Accredited, Beef Only Glen Ireh 80 70 Angus, Hereford & Angus/Hereford, 1 x 7 in 1 Vacc, Beef Only Streanshalh 60 Hereford, 1 x Vacc St Johnstone 50 30 Red Angus, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only Junction Farm 40 30 Angus, 1 x 5 in 1 Vacc, Beef Only St Columba Falls 36 Hereford, yard weaned Riverdale 30 15 Angus, 7 in 1 Vacc Fairbanks 30 Angus, yard weaned, 5 in 1 Vacc, B12 Copper Seleum & Drench Cydectin Westdale 30 Angus, 7 in 1 Vacc, yard weaned Property Steers Heifers Description Greenlawn 30 Angus & Angus/Hereford, Beef Only Arve Run 8 12 Angus, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only, EU Accredited Brightside 25 25 Angus, Beef Only Chiswick 32 28 Angus, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only Esk Vale 26 20 Angus, 1 x 7 in 1 Vacc, EU Accredited, MN1 Orcheston 26 15 Angus Manalanga 25 28 Angus, 7 in 1 Vacc, EU Accredited Old Illaroo 25 25 Angus & Angus/Hereford, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only Solmont 25 25 Murray Grey, Beef Only Warrawee 24 24 Angus, weaned, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only Fairfield 20 30 Angus, Woodburn & Rosedale Bloodlines Coonawarra 20 Angus/Angus Hereford, 1 x Vacc, Beef Only Rocky Knob 15 15 Limousin x, June/July Drop Old Moorina 10 Angus Approximately 1400 EU Accredited Weaners Available. All Weaners NLIS identified, Johnes MN or Beef Only Status. CLIENTS PLEASE NOTE: All cattle must be delivered by Wednesday 6pm for weighed cattle & all remaining cattle are to be delivered before 8am on the morning of sale to ensure adequate time for presentation & scanning. EU VENDORS: Please arrange delivery of EU Accredited weaners by Wednesday 8pm. All weaners must be accompanied by LPA/EU Accreditation Vendor Declaration. National Vendor Declarations and Johnes Declarations/Beef Only must be delivered with livestock. PURCHASERS PLEASE NOTE: Bidder card registration will apply. Please supply PIC number for transfers to on-site office. 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