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TAS Country : February 2nd 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012 Tasmanian Country 15 The Stock Report Farmers pour more into levy SIMONE SMITH CHRIS GRIFFIN: Levy increase needed to top up dairy industry animal health reserves AUSTRALIAN dairy far- mers would have contrib- uted more than usual to the ''levies'' part of their milk cheque last month. An increase of 0.0505 cents a kilogram protein and 0.0207c/kg fat for the Animal Health Australia levy came into affect at the beginning of last month. All suppliers will now contribute 0.058c/kg fat and 0.1385c/kg protein or about $75 a year for the average farm. Australian Dairy Far- mers president Chris Grif- fin said the increase was the first since 2003 and it was sought by the ADF to address the decline in dairy industry animal health reserves held by AHA. Without an increase these reserves were esti- mated to run out in 2013-14, he said. ''Since AHA was cre- ated, the dairy industry has partnered with govern- ment on many animal health and welfare programs, in such import- ant areas as disease sur- veillance, emergency ani- mal disease preparedness, training and animal wel- fare standards develop- ment,'' Mr Griffin said. One example where the dairy industry teamed up with other sectors includes the $5 million foot and mouth disease manage- ment program. A need to increase this levy was flag- ged by the industry in 2010. Weekly Times CYBER SALES: Will Clennett shows help is at hand for breeders with his popular online concept. Picture: KIM EISZELE Old mates' online aid for breeders ROGER HANSON A NEW-age primary industries busi- ness has successfully joined the dots to bring its product to market. Hobart's Will Clennett, as with many Tasmanians, has found the way to bring his niche idea to market -- and that's to go cyber. Clennett, 26, and business partner Chris Doherty, 27, have created a primary industries enterprise that is not hampered by the weather, time, space or distance. They have developed Breeder sales.com, which has the potential to revolutionise agribusiness and pri- mary production. Clennett came upon the idea for Breedersales.com by chance. The website, which allows users to research, buy or sell animals, livestock, live seedstock, semen and embryos, was originally devised by him as an online pet store for a university project. Doherty, however, saw further po- tential for the idea. The pair, former schoolmates but who now living thousands of kilo- metres apart, put their heads together to help resolve a problem for many farmers -- sourcing livestock and breed- ing material. Doherty, a primary producer from Denniliquin in New South Wales, said that on his family's cattle property it was sometimes a slog to get the right information. ''Quite simply, if you wanted to find a breeder you had to rely on word of mouth, or spend a lot of time research- ing,'' Doherty said. ''We realised the internet should be making life easier, not harder for breeders. Until now, it's been too hard to get knowledge on your breed and buy the best you can find in Australia.'' After doing their own research, speaking with people in the industry, the pair realised Breedersales.com might be an extremely valuable re- source for farmers. ''You can search the site to find cattle, sheep, horses and alpacas and we've made everything as straightfor- ward as possible so anyone will be able to use the site right way and get the most out of it,'' Clennett said. He is excited about the site's poten- tial for Tasmanian producers. ''It's a great way to sell to buyers anywhere in Australia, not just in your local area, which can potentially open up new markets and opportunities for agribusiness,'' he said. The site was launched in September 2009 at the Royal Melbourne Show. Clennett said since the launch the site now received 15,000 unique visits each month from across Australia, making more than 150,000 page views a month. He said it was now attracting 200-300 new listings each week. Clennett said figures from a quanti- tative agricultural readership survey show in recent years the use of the internet has quadrupled and is grow- ing with 86 per cent of farm owner- managers owning a computer with 92 per cent connected to the internet for an average of 2.4 hours a week. The pair are on the path of realising their dream of making Breedersales a destination for breeders. Further information visit: www. breedersales.com. Herefords AuctionsPlus, an online initiative to facilitate the marketing of Hereford cattle throughout the nation, will have its first sale on Friday, February 17 at noon. Rural Marketing Agents Ltd, an Australia-wide network of independent agents, has teamed with Herefords Australia to provide the opportunity for vendors and buyers to operate with high-quality hereford and hereford cross cattle. The first sale is expected to attract a catalogue of more than 1000 steers and heifers. More information: www.hereford- saustralia.com.au TASMANIAN SANTA GERTRUDIS BREEDERS Danny Slater 03 6330 2274 or 0437302266 June Pilcher 03 6259 5543 SANTA GERTRUDIS BREEDERS ASSOCIATION Brisbane 07 32162708 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 'FOR HEALTHY RED BEEF' 2008100-111202 for the perfect combination POLL DORSETS AUSTRALIA S NO. 1 TERMINAL SIRE Setting the Industry Benchmark for Prime Lamb www.polldorset.org.au 2023778-120203 Dunlop Park Field Day: Profitable Beef Production Date: Thursday February 9th Time: 10.50am start to 2.30pm Where: Dunlop Park 4938 Exeter Highway Thirlstane Featuring: Profit drivers in the beef business and opportunities for more beef from pastures, with Dr Rod Manning (consultant/vet/cattle producer), Fred Perry (King Island cattle producer), Peter Ball (TIA) and Dr Bill Cotching (TIA). Rod will also discuss the management of Pestivirus. Morning Tea and BBQ lunch provided RSVP appreciated to Brian Stewart 0400 950 872 Email: email@example.com
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