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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 2011 Favourite breed to pull flocks of visitors TOP CHOICE: Breeder Chris Badcock says the Poll Dorset sheep is adaptable to different conditions. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN BRUCE MOUNSTER 'We want to create more awareness of the breed and its positive attributes' THE Poll Dorset prime lamb breed is back at Agfest this year. The Australian Poll Dorset Associ- ation's Tasmanian members will be on hand at the field day to have a chat with the breed's many existing local clients -- and potential clients. Poll Dorset breeder Chris Badcock, of Hagley in the state's North, said that in the context of the strong prime-lamb market the association saw Agfest as a fantastic opportunity to promote the breed. ''It is an opportunity to interact with clients of the breed and discuss any opportunities and areas we can explore to further enhance the breed,'' Mr Badcock said. ''We want to create more awareness of the breed and its positive attributes.'' Mr Badcock said the Poll Dorset was a versatile breed that suited a wide range of lamb markets as it boasted high growth rates, excellent red-meat yield, easy lambing and versatility of mating times. Mr Badcock said that collectively the breed had a reputation for rapidly adjusting to circumstances. He said this ability placed the Poll Dorset in a position to take advantage of emerging markets and new opportunities. As many as six Poll Dorset animals will be on display each day at Agfest. 17 CWA Grove Woods walk showcases sustainable farming THE nature walk at Agfest, built by Greening Australia and Ru- ral Youth, is a dynamic, work- ing demonstration of the man- agement partnership between the organisations. The partnership is actively developing methods in sustain- able farm management, and practices implemented just a year ago are already showing positive results. The property is managed for the Agfest event, productive farming and for the conser- vation of natural values. A monitoring program is helping to understand which management decisions work best. Within the nature walk many rare and threatened plant species have rapidly expanded their range in the past year. The nature walk is at the eastern end of the Agfest site in a pocket of black peppermint forest. Details about the partnership between Greening Australia and Rural Youth can be found at Rural Youth in Craft Pavilion E/F and at Greening Australia, site 76 in Main St. FREE DELIVERY TO DEVONPORT - May only! POWER WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG In terms of metal for your money and with an enormous lifting capacity of 1200kgs, the Apollo 804 dominates its class. Steve Watt, General Manager of SOTA Tractors, explains that the 804 model was introduced to the Apollo range as a direct response to customers requests for a larger utility tractor. "It s what we do best," he shrugs simply. "We have ongoing contact with our customers --- before, during and after the sale or service. That s for several reasons. One is that our customers are often new to farming, so they may not be exactly sure what equipment they need. As we specialise in machinery for small acreage farms, we can help them --- starting with talking through what they want to use it for." SOTA has customers Australia wide, supplying a range of tractors and implements that are purpose-engineered for small acreage farming. "We identified a transition customer, typically having a more substantial land holding than the average small-acreage and who had specific needs, requiring more firepower and capacity. Our customers have found this tractor to be powerful yet still offering the manoeuvrability that makes it so useful for larger, small acreage holdings. It has a huge Safe Working Load (SWL) of 1,200kg, so think big round bales. When we developed the 804 s front-end loader specification, we were able to retain the 4 in1 bucket, a popular feature with small-acreage owners. As with the entire Apollo range, SOTA can offer the Apollo 804 at exceptional value simply because we deal directly to the customer; we re not a dealer, we are the importer. That means our prices are pared back and are amongst the most competitively priced in Australia. The Apollo 804 offers superb value for money and it is backed by our highly regarded customer service, so our customers know that they will be fully supported after the sale." Only $33,950 for 80Hp Tractor PLUS X60 4-in-1 Loader, SWL 1200kgs! It s the best lift-per-dollar in Australia! APOLLO 804
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