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TAS Country : April 14th 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 15, 2011 News Business Class at AgFest 2011. IMC LPANZ 2247 TC We recently interviewed a select group of CLAAS Arion and Axion owners and asked them to rate their new tractors. Comfort, driveability, fuel economy and performance were central to their ready praise. CLAAS' unique four-point suspension cabin assembly helps cushion and absorb the jarring and vibration of a hardworking tractor across the complete range of production operations, including ripping and tillage. See us at AgFest to arrange an obligation-free CLAAS Arion or Axion test drive, fill in our small survey form and we'll put your name in our draw to win a brilliant new Apple iPad. All tractors are created equal, right? Wrong! The whole usability of the machines is great. They're really comfortable and this means you get less fatigued which is a big issue when each tractor does around 1500 hours a year. The fuel consumption has been awesome. -- South Gippsland ag contractor and owner of two CLAAS Arions, Damien Elliot. CLAAS Harvest Centre Tasmania 26 Trevor Street Ulverstone Phone 03 6425 7191 www.claasharvestcentre.com.au WIN an iPad2 2001671-110429 Dulverton Organics Recycling Facility processes various organic waste streams from around the North West and Northern Tasmania into high quality compost. The application of compost will build soil structure, improve water retention, reduce run off and erosion and greatly improve plant productivity through soil biological activity and nutrients. Delivered direct to your farm, orchard or vineyard in bulk quantities • Statewide Delivery • 17m3 to 50m3 per load • Spreader Available See us at Agfest---Site N30 ORGANIC COMPOST Ph: 6424 7344 www.dulverton.com.au Ambition drives Tassie carriage crew From Page 3 Hopefully some of the team that are coming over to support . . . might want to have a go at competing in the future as well.' However, since Christmas she has recovered enough to work her horse, which has been given a special dispensation to allow her to compete, despite Gina's lack of experience. The pair will take part in the dressage and show driving sections. Mr MacDonald said he started preparing for the championships in November, training several times a week. As part of their competition events, Mr MacDonald and Kye will take part in the gruelling combined driving event, which includes three different competition sections, similar to three-day eventing. The pair will be required to complete a set dressage test, followed the next day by a marathon section, which includes a long-distance course of about 14-18km, and a timed obstacle course, where they may have to traverse different challenges, such as water crossings and bridges. In the final section, which is cones, the pair will be tested on their speed and accuracy through a set course. Mr MacDonald said the cones were Kye's forte and the section he was most looking forward to. ''He's very fast and manoeuvrable, so we should have a lot of fun in the cones,'' he said. This year's championships mark the 40th anniversary of the event, which is another reason the Tasmanian team decided to make the trip. Mr MacDonald said while they were thrilled to be competing, the cost of transporting horses across Bass Strait was high and could be a deterrent for other people to travel to the mainland to compete. He said they were looking forward to representing Tasmania at the championships and hoped the months of training they had put in would pay off. ''I just love it,'' Mr MacDonald said. ''Hopefully some of the team that are coming over to support us, once they have a look at it all and see what goes on, they might want to have a go at competing in the future as well.'' Shaken Japan to lift imports RADIATION fears and damage to agricultural land in Japan after last month's earthquake are likely to see a jump in the country's food imports. Safety fears for locally pro- duced foods such as milk, meat, fruit and vegetables will result in increased imports, Rabobank has found. The magnitude 9.0 quake has caused losses esti- mated at $223 billion. Many people hold fears about local food after radiation was detected in food and water. Japan's Ministry of Agricul- ture, Fishery and Forestry said land affected by the quake and near the Fukushima nuclear plant was used to produce meat, seafood, vegetables and rice. The report predicted Japan would import many foods, including wheat. In 2010-11 it is tipped to import 5.2 million tonnes, with 15 per cent from Australia. The Weekly Times Reality show a station master MORE than one million viewers tuned in to see if the farmer really did find a wife in The Farmer Wants a Wife reunion special last week. And the Nine Network is already planting the seeds of future success with the runaway reality TV hit. Managing director of the 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer Geoff Bell says this is the kind of publicity the industry needs. ''Farmer Wants a Wife is a good way to help us get positive messages out about farming to the whole population,'' he said. ''It provides a good way to show the ties between city and country are still important.'' The Farmer Wants a Wife reunion special attracted an average audience of 1.12 million. Since the series started in 2007 four farmers have gotten hitched, one is engaged and three babies have been born. The Weekly Times
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