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TAS Country : November 24th 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 News Pig farmers endorse levy rise ROGER HANSON In real terms, the marketing levy has been whittled away, and this will help to boost activities in that area.' --- TIPA SECRETARY/CONVENER MALCOLM COWAN Continued Page 12 TASMANIAN pig farmers have en- dorsed the proposal to increase the pig slaughter levy. The Tasmanian Island Pork Alliance joined interstate pig farmers to endorse a 90c rise at the industry annual general meeting in Canberra. The pig slaughter levy funds are collected from producers to support peak industry body Australian Pork Limited (APL) undertake marketing, research and development and policy activities on behalf of the industry. The proposed increase would effec- tively take the total slaughter levy allocated to APL from $2.35 per pig slaughtered to $3.25. ''The proposal has wide support,'' TIPA secretary/convener Malcolm Cowan said. ''In real terms, the marketing levy has been whittled away, and this will help to boost activities in that area. ''The increase is being phased in over time and it will help keep up the marketing needs.'' Mr Cowan said the levy would help the APL and TIPA in the battle to improve existing labelling laws for pork. He said such innovations as the Australian PorkMark program, which tackles issues around the import and labelling of Australian pork, could be continued with the levy. The APL says more than 70 per cent of ham, bacon and smallgoods con- sumed in Australia is made from imported pork from countries such as Denmark, Canada and the US. BLOOMS: Deloraine farmer Bradley McLennan and Serve-Ag production agronomist Jason Barnes inspect a white clover crop. Picture: Karolin MacGregor White clover crops generate blossoming profits KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 7 TASMANIA'S white clover seed in- dustry is blooming as this year's record crop begins to flower across the north. About 480ha of white clover has been planted from the Northern Mid- lands right through to Deloraine. This is a significant increase from last year when about 200ha of white clover was grown. Serve-Ag agronomist Tom Graesser said more growers were now includ- ing white clover in their cropping rotations as the benefits of the crop begin to become more well-known. ''It's a profitable medium value crop that works in well with rotations, especially with poppies,'' he said. Seed grown through the Serve-Ag program is mainly sold into export markets across Europe. Mr Graesser said while the current financial difficulties in Europe were having a dampening effect on seed demand, sales had remained steady. While seed production is the main aim of the crops, there are significant added bonuses. Most crops are used for seed pro- duction for one or two harvests, but Mr Graesser said they could be harvested four times if the grower wanted to leave the crop in longer. White clover is also an excellent source of feed for livestock, and particularly lambs. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au BUY ONE, G ONE FREE. * For a limited time only, purchase a new Polaris Sportsman 550cc & above, and get a free Outlaw 50! (Value $1,995). Don t have kids? Then take $1,995 off the price of any additional new Polaris vehicle. * *Offer ends 31/12/11 or earlier if stocks run out at participating Polaris dealers. Excludes fleet clients. Not valid with any other offer. Sportsman X2 550 shown with s p y g tandard tip-tray & cargo box.
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