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TAS Country : December 15th 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 16, 2011 News MEAT THE FAMILY: Butcher Graham Victor with his sons Ben and Alex at Cygnet. Picture: ROGER HANSON. Local produce ROGER HANSON 'Tasmanian beef has got more taste, is not as rangy as meat from other parts of the country' ---GRAHAM VICTOR TASMANIAN beef has been given the thumbs up from a Cygnet smallgoods manufacturer as being a cut above the rest of Aust- ralia's. Veteran butcher Gra- ham Victor, who operates the Old Cygnet Butcher Shoppe, is enthusiastic about the local produce. ''I have worked with beef from throughout Australia and Tasmanian produce is by far the superior,'' Mr Victor said. ''Tasmanian beef has got more taste, is not as rangy as meat from other parts of the country. ''The breeds of beef cattle grown in Tasmania are superior to that on the mainland,'' he said. Mr Victor, who is orig- inally from Queensland, has operated and made smallgoods from the Cyg- net butcher shop when he took it over five years ago. He likes to keep his product local. ''Meat, especially beef is much better when it doesn't have to be trans- ported long distances, that is why local produce is much better,'' Mr Victor said. Keeping it local is the very essence of his busi- ness. Joining Graham in the butcher shop is 23-year- old son Ben, who has com- pleted his training to be a butcher, while younger brother Alex, 19, is starting his apprenticeship. The local butcher is an endangered species. Twenty years ago there were 400 in Tasmania; now there are fewer than 80. Cygnet is a busy town with a sense of purpose. Although it only has a population of fewer than 3000 it still has, as well as "Last November we started to use ZOLVIX, which gave us a good clean out going into the summer. ZOLVIX is a very good tool for your first summer clean-out drench to increase the body weight of your ewes coming up to joining. That's the secret particularly for merino ewes; you get increased body weight, better conception, more twinning and at the end of the day, more lambs to sell. We were very pleased, we believe that having ZOLVIX as a clean-out drench the sheep were not carrying any burden into the summer and that had a big impact." ZOLXAV25809AUS0811_CVIC/SA References 1. Kills ›99.9% of barbers pole, small brown stomach and black scour worms. A pooled analysis of the efficacy of monepantel, an amino-acetonitrile derivative against gastrointestinal nematodes of sheep. Hosking et al., Parasitol Res (2010), 106: 529-532. 2. Minimising the development of anthelmintic resistance, and optimising the use of the novel anthelmintic monepantel, for the sustainable control of nematode parasites in Australian sheep grazing systems. R.J. Dobson et al., AVJ (2011), Vol. 89, No 5. 3. The production costs of anthelmintic resistance in sheep managed within a monthly preventive drench programme. Sutherland et al., Vet Para(2010), 171:300-304. ZOLVIX contains 25 g/L monepantel, a member of the Amino-Acetonitrile Derivative (AAD) class of anthelmintics. ZOLVIX is a registered trademark and OPTIMUM is a trademark of Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland. For full product details contact NOVARTIS CUSTOMER ADVISORY LINE on 1800 633 768 TOLL FREE between 8.30am and 5.30pm E.S.T. Monday to Friday. Novartis Animal Health Australasia Pty Limited, ACN 076 745 198, 54 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113. Kills ›99.9% of worms,1 even resistant worms. Prolongs the lifespan of older drenches.2 Boosts farm productivity.3 Revolutionary, easy to use drenching system. Impressive safety profile.
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