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TAS Country : December 8th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 9, 2011 News www.husqvarna.com.au For your nearest HUSQVARNA Authorised Specialist Dealer 1800 006 037 9 19.5hp -- 6-speed Manual -- 38" Cutting deck Husqvarna's feature packed lawn tractors make taming your lawn simple with innovative solutions including efficient cutting decks, easy-drive transmissions and on selected models, the new U-CutTM steering system and automatic diff lock for tighter turns and improved control. k h r h ou o s r T T W TM $2999* Tr ors fro o Re ers to model 9 H 9 0 19.5hp -- t-pedal d -- 3 " Cutting deck $3,199 rimmer 1. cc -- .6k -- . kg was $ 9 OW O Y $199 Offer valid 1/9/2011 - 31/12/2011, or while stocks last. S rimmer .5cc - .9k - . kg -- i eti e d ive sha t wa ant rimmer .5cc - .9k - .1kg -- i eti e d ive sha t wa ant $499 $649 $929 RX Brushcutter 3 .6cc -- 1.6k -- 6.1kg -- i eti e d ive sha t wa ant $699 RX Brushcutter .5cc -- .9k -- 5. kg -- i eti e d ive sha t wa ant F r r uffs u $30rrp with selected models lica le to odels 323L, 32 L , 3 L , 233R , 32 Rx, 324Rx, 3 Rx, 3 R T, 34 R & x. Offer valid 1/9/2011 - 31/12/2011, or while stocks last. Burnie Upper urnie owers Devonport ower ower Hobart c ougall's ower Equipment aunceston aunceston ower & Chainsaw Centre W W W H 4 DR 1. hp - t-pedal d - " Cutting deck -- U-CutTM stee ing $3,999 Y H 46 DR . hp - win -- t-pedal d -- 6" Cutting deck -- U-CutTM stee ing $4,499 Y H 64 DRF 6. hp - win -- t-pedal d - 8" a icated cutting deck -- U-CutTM stee ing $5,699 ENTERPRISING: Dairy farmer Aidan Direen on his Mt Cygnet property. Pictures: ROGER HANSON Fresh take on milk deliveries ROGER HANSON RARELY does a primary producer get the chance to incorporate vertical integration into their business, but dairy farmer Aidan Direen could well be on the way to achieving it. And his product is arguably the freshest retail market milk in Aust- ralia. ''I have milked at 6am and by noon that day that milk is on the shop shelves,'' Mr Direen said. ''You can't get any fresher than that.'' Mr Direen is putting into practice the ''paddock to plate'' philosophy. He has created 2Cow Milk. The milk still has the cream, it is pasteurised and not homogenised. ''It's amazing how quickly the 2Cow Milk has been accepted,'' he said. ''We don't take any of the goodness out of it.'' Mr Direen is involved in the whole process -- as producer, bottler, whole- sale distributor, delivery man and salesman for a product that has a shelf life of 12 days. ''I am supported by my whole family, but we do the lot,'' he said. Mr Direen's cows graze in lush paddocks at his Mt Cygnet dairy and amble into the dairy to be milked. The milk is transported to Hobart for bottling, then immediately delivered for retail sale. Mr Direen milks 40 Friesian and Jersey cows on his dairy, which overlooks tranquil Port Cygnet. He delivers the milk in a 1000-litre pod to Wicked Cheese Company at Moonah where it is bottled into two- litre units. From there Mr Direen delivers the milk to selected retail outlets and cafes throughout Hobart and the Huon. Wicked Cheese Company also uses his milk in its products. In just over a month of doorknocking Mr Direen secured a solid collection of retailers. He is now selling 160 crates -- each crate holds nine two-litre units -- a week to stores and cafes. The selected retailers selling 2Cow Milk include Hobart's Hill St Grocer, Fresh Fruit Market Salamanca, Lips- combe Larder Deli, Meredith Orchard at Margate, City Supermarket in the Hobart CBD, Fresco (Hobart and King- ston), Ye Olde Cygnet Butcher, the York Store (Sandy Bay), and distrib- utor Chung Sing and Co (Tas). Mr Direen does the delivery to all his clients. He is planning one-litre units after Christmas. It is a busy day for the farming entrepreneur, but he loves his work. ''I grew up on this farm, and now my family is helping me, it's fantastic,'' Mr Direen said. Spring rain sets KAROLIN MacGREGOR and MICHELLE PAINE WET and warm would be the best way to describe November across Tasmania. Most parts of the state's North and North-West region had above-average rainfall throughout the month, while in other areas, including the East Coast, rainfalls were about average. A low-pressure system that moved over the state on November 26 pro- duced the wettest November day on record for Eddystone Point, with 111mm falling in a 24-hour period. Launceston also had a soggy month with 117mm of rain -- its wettest November on record. The Bureau of Meteorology says some sites had their highest November rainfall totals for 20 years. While eastern areas were drier for most of the month, a series of strong cold fronts and the low-pressure sys- tem on November 26 lifted rainfall figures to about average. However, temperatures across the state were above average. The bureau says most November days were warmer than average in eastern Tasmania, and overall maxi- mum temperatures were about 1C higher than normal in the North-West and about 2C above average in the East. The warmer days were early in the month when northerly winds ahead of a front pushed temperatures into the 20s in many locations and peaked at 31C in Swansea on November 6. Mt Read recorded the state's lowest maximum temperature for the month when it got to a chilly 3.4C on November 2. The nights were also milder, with temperatures about 1C above average in most areas. In Hobart, temperatures were close to 2C above average, which produced the capital city's warmest November in 29 years. Interstate the weather is having a significant impact on grain crops. Favourable conditions have boosted many mainland crops, including those in Western Australia. The Australian Bureau of Agricul- ture and Resource Economics is now forecasting a record 2011-12 wheat crop. ABARE's deputy executive director Terry Sheales said a significant recov- ery in WA was likely to push winter crop production up to about 43.4 millions tonnes, a 2 per cent jump on last year's record crop. Recent rains in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland have impacted on harvesting and affected grain quality. However, the above- average spring rainfall is expected to
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