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TAS Country : January 26th 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 News CLOSED: Owner Wendy Gee and slaughterman Shane Murray at the Cooee Abattoir. Fire ruins family abattoir FARMERS and butchers in the north- west of the state will have to find alternative arrangements after a fire at the Cooee Abattoir. The fire, on Monday morning, caused extensive damage and forced the business to close. The abattoir is used mainly by hobby farmers and small enterprises for private kills. Users will have to switch to other abattoirs; the nearest are at Smithton or Devonport. About 90 per cent of the area's commercial cattle output are processed in Devonport. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said the closure would affect smaller farmers using the facility. ''It's really upsetting for the local community,'' she said. Six workers will lose their jobs. Owner Wendy Gee said the family- owned business would ''no longer be operating''. The family has operated the abattoir for more than 20 years. ''I'll be on the unemployment list,'' Mrs Gee said. Rural Youth to expand with new East Coast club Rural Youth IF your New Years Resolutions involve meeting new people, having fun or improving your skills, then Rural Youth could hold the key to success in 2012. Rural Youth membership is now open, with hundreds of young people signing up for another year of fun, friends, training and travel. Rural Youth is an organisation for people aged between 15 and 30. There are 15 clubs across the state, with plans to reopen a club on the East Coast. If you live in the St Helens area and are keen to join, Rural Youth will have an information stand at the St Helens Regatta tomorrow. For further infor- mation on the new club you can also contact Katie Coad on 0409 295 158 or Luke Grimwood 0400 040 901. After membership expressions of interest are received a meeting will be held on February 18. A range of activities are open to Rural Youth members --- they can gain experience in meeting procedures, im- prove their skills with chainsaws, learn first aid or be trained in event manage- ment, as well as helping to run the Agfest field days. Members can choose their own training with courses run annually as well as the opportunity to receive a subsidy for organising their own train- ing through recognised providers. There is also the opportunity to travel. This year, members will visit New Zealand, Canada and Sweden to gain life experiences and bring new ideas back to Rural Youth in Tasmania. Further details: call the Rural Youth Office, 6331 6154 or visit the website, www.ruralyouth.com.au Beef sales are set for record high FIONA MYERS AUSTRALIA's beef industry will ex- port 975,000 tonnes this year, setting a new record. But with the US one of Australia's largest customers --- and competitors --- for beef, the ride could be a rocky road this year. Meat and Livestock Australia re- leased its cattle projections on Monday, and chief economist Tim McRae said a highlight was increased beef going to the US. ''When we did our early projections, we didn't have such a big jump factored in, but boosted sales late last year gave us confidence the US market was going to grow substantially,'' Mr McRae said. ''And while we're coming off a low base, the predicted 28 per cent increase is still good.'' MLA estimated the US would import 215,000 tonnes of Australian beef this year, dominated by manufacturing beef sales. It would go some way to making up the shortfall of this class of beef, as the US herd falls to its lowest levels for many decades. ''I was reading something that showed the US herd could be the lowest its been for 60 years and so there is a shortage of lean cow beef in their own (domestic) market,'' he said. But while the US herd might be languishing, it was still the world's major beef exporter and a major threat to Australia's two biggest markets. The weak US dollar was expected to play a big role this year and MLA predicted exports to Australia's two biggest customers --- Japan and Korea --- would fall. MLA estimated exports to Japan would fall 4 per cent this year to 330,000 tonnes, on the back of a 4 per cent drop last year. But there were predictions that the Korean market would slide 15 per cent this year, to 125,000 tonnes, as cheaper product from the US takes the place of Australian beef. However, total beef exports were expected to rise this year by 3.1 per cent, with other markets expected to pick up the slack from Japan and Korea. This would make it the biggest export year ever for Australia's beef industry. The Australian cattle herd was fore- cast to continue to grow, with estimates it would reach 30 million this year, and 31.5 million by 2016. 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