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TAS Country : January 26th 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012 Tasmanian Country 3 News Dairy bonus as prices firm Farmgate increase welcomed ROGER HANSON TASMANIAN dairy farmers will get a farmgate price increase for their product. The increase represents an expected additional $16 million in the pockets of dairy farmers across Victoria and Tasmania. DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith said the industry was reason- ably happy with the increase. ''There was an expectation of the market stepping up, based on projec- tions to end of the financial year,'' Mr Smith said. Mr Smith said the Tasmanian indus- try was expecting to move to an average of $5.20 to $5.40 per kilogram for milk solids by the end of the season. Fonterra Australia this week an- nounced it had completed a scheduled review of farmgate milk prices and would be increasing its prices for Tasmanian farmer suppliers by 8c a kilogram of fat and 20c/kg of protein (or 13c/kg of milk solids). Mr Smith said the season had been good. ''Producers are benefiting and production is close to 10 per cent up from last year,'' Mr Smith said. ''This is good for producers.'' Mr Smith was unsure how much the market would go. ''There are several factors to take into consideration, but based on fore- casts, it is unlikely the price will get to last year's average of $5.50/kg for milk solids,'' Mr Smith said. Fonterra's general manager milk supply Heather Stacy said Fonterra's To Page 4 AWARD: Judy McLean, recognised for her outstanding work. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN EMMA HOPE Rural Youth mentor honoured JUDY McLean has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to promoting agriculture and the rural youth community in Tasmania, and now her work has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia. Mrs McLean, state administrator of the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania since 1972, has been included in the Australia Day Honours. Mrs McLean is celebrating 30 years with the organisation while working behind the scenes to provide an administrative base for the Agfest Field Days which celebrates its 30th anniversary event this year. Agfest is Rural Youth's only source of funding, but its main aim is to promote agriculture and provide an avenue for agricultural businesses to showcase their products to a wide audience. The multi-award-winning event is run by members of the Rural Youth Organisation, with an average age of 24. It has grown to be widely regarded as one of the country's top three field days. ''The planning and management of the field days is done by the members,'' Mrs McLean said. ''My role is that of support, guidance and mentoring to provide a solid base, to be the corporate memory and to keep the administrative wheels turning in order to help them achieve their goals.'' Mrs McLean was also very involved when Rural Youth established the Rural Financial Counselling Service in Tasmania, being co-author of the initial grant application when RFCST began in 1987, and continued as an active member of the board for 25 years. ''I am proud to remain part of the teams who contribute to the success of Rural Youth, Agfest and the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which benefits the rural community in Tasmania,'' she said. ''It has been a very rewarding 30 years which isn't over yet.'' Mrs McLean also has been a board member of the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise for 11 years. She is married with two adult children and four grandchildren. BEST PRICES EVER ON SELECTED POLARIS ATVs AND RANGERS. ENDS FEB 29TH OR WHILE STOCKS LAST. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au
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