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TAS Country : July 7th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, July 8, 2011 News Soggy start to winter From page 3 people were stranded after many flights into and out of Tasmania were can- celled as the ash cloud hung over the state be- tween June 12 and 15 and again from June 22-23. Mr Badcock said July had also gotten off to a wet start at his property, with 80mm falling there this week. ''It was a fairly steady rain, thank goodness, so we didn't have any major run-off or problems with erosion, but it has held up some of the late har- vesting we were doing,'' he said. ''Hopefully some of the southwesterly winds will dry things up a bit and we'll be able to get back out in the paddock soon.'' email@example.com Lifting of live cattle export ban welcomed LIFTING of the ban on the live cattle trade to Indon- esia by the Federal Government was yester- day welcomed by the Tas- manina Farmers and Graz- iers Association. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said although the announcement was welcome, they now held concerns about how the original suspension would impact on the industry. ''While the ban being lifted is fabulous, we also recognise that this, is going to take the cattle industry many, many years to get over,'' Ms Davis said. She said while lifting the ban was an important first step for cattle producers and businesses impacted so heavily by the suspen- sion, the recommencement of the trade would be grad- ual to those supply chains that meet approved inter- national standards. ''Export volumes may not return to normal levels for a considerable period of time,'' she said. ''And while ever vol- umes remain below nor- mal levels producers in northern Australia will continue to suffer.'' ''Next time we hope that we think more carefully before we do these things willy nilly''. Ms Davis said the indus- try and government would now need to work together with Indonesia to bring additional facilities up to international standards, so that the $320 million a year trade can return to normal levels as soon as possible, while also assuring the welfare of Australian cattle throughout the supply chain. The announcement of the ban lift, by making exporters responsible for animal welfare, was made by Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig on Wednesday. Senator Ludwig said ex- port permits would be is- sued only if exporters com- plied with a new system that ensured individual cattle were tracked and slaughtered under inter- national standards. The ban, which was im- posed after evidence emerged of Australian cat- tle being treated brutally in Indonesian abattoirs, has devastated the cattle indus- try and sparked tension with Australia's nearest neighbour. Senator Ludwig's de- cision means Australian exporters can now apply for export licences to start shipping stranded cattle to Indonesia if they meet strict conditions to track animal movements to en- sure humane treatment. While the cattle industry has welcomed the decision, animal welfare groups have slammed it, warning that Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs would not be protected. Senator Ludwig said trade could resume on a progressive basis because a ''number of key con- ditions for the resumption has been met''. He said Indonesia had indicated it would issue import permits. Government sources ex- pect as much as half of Australia's previous trade could be resumed in weeks but industry was more cautious, saying only 30 to 40 per cent would be resu- med this year. Senator Ludwig said in- dependent auditors would have to demonstrate that abattoirs met international standards. Speakers to address issues of industrial hemp production FARMERS who want to find out about growing industrial hemp will have the chance at a field day at Bishopsbourne next week. The Sustainable Industrial Hemp Production for Fibre and Oil day will be held at the Bishopsbourne Community Hall on Thursday from 10am-12.15pm. Six guest speakers will take part in the information session and will discuss a range of topics from hemp production through to mar- kets for fibre and oil, an overview of the New Zealand industry and an update on the Tasmanian industry and possible limitations for sustainable hemp production. Morning tea and lunch will be provided at the field day, which will be followed later in the afternoon by a Tasmanian Indus- trial Hemp Association meeting. For catering purposes anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to Peter Heading on 0408 006 315 or email pheading @serve-ag.com.au Create certainty. 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