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TAS Country : February 2nd 2012
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 3, 2012 News Tasmania Farm Equipment CO S PTY LTD DEVONPORT • SMITHTON • LAUNCESTON • HOBART www.tasfarm.com.au 1800 682 276 STANDS ALONE Follow the leader Fendt leads the way with superior comfort and functionality. FENDT TRACTORS 70 -- 360HP The investment that pays off! When you invest in Fendt, you re investing in the leader that sets the benchmark in every field. No matter what size Fendt you invest in. No matter what size your operation. Fendt is the leader. Our innovations have been copied by others around the world, but you can never beat the original. Fendt tractors feature state-of-the-art engines, transmissions and unsurpassed levels of user comfort. When it comes to versatility, productivity and innovative design, Fendt stands alone. For more information contact your FENDT dealer. A RURALCO BUSINESS 1800 682 276 FENDT is a worldwide brand of AGCO Corporation www.fendt.com.au GRAHAME REES: Key to success is juggling grass, money and livestock. Learning and earning ROGER HANSON Course proves fruitful PARTS of Tasmania may be enjoying the best season in 30 years, but the ques- tion remains whether graz- iers are taking full advan- tage of the opportunities the season presents. Profitable grazing busin- esses come through the successful juggling of three inventories: grass, money and livestock, and a lengthy list of graziers have gone back to school to learn how to do this. Midland grazier Graeme Isles, from Oatlands, is among almost 2000 people from throughout the country who have com- pleted the school, and he has introduced oppor- tunity trading as a new enterprise in his business since doing the course four years ago. South Eastern Aust- ralia's only KLR Market- ing School for this year will be held at Ballarat, Victoria, on March 6-8, and seats are filling fast on the back of success stories such as Mr Isles's. ''I wanted to introduce trading of sheep and cattle as another enterprise on the farm and KLR allowed me to determine value and costs before I even entered the trade,'' Mr Isles said. ''There are lots of oppor- tunities in farming if you have an open mind and if you can have a system sitting there ready to go to catch those opportunities as they go past. ''We came home from doing the KLR Marketing School with that system and the knowledge on how to use it and make our farm profitable in livestock trading. Sharing know- ledge with like-minded people is never a waste of time or money, especially when you come home with a whole new management system.'' Aside from the livestock trading, Mr Isles runs a Merino flock and also sup- plies the Border Leicester- cross ewe market. ''We're also cell grazers, which gives us an advan- tage where at the end of a dry spell we're able to get into the market early and make some great profits,'' Mr Isles said. KLR marketing director and trainer Grahame Rees, from Bathurst in NSW, said the results achieved by course graduates were extraordinary. ''We show people how to determine what animals are overpriced or under- priced in the market, what animals they should be buying, keeping and what animals they should be selling,'' Mr Rees said. There was a lot of uncer- tainty among graziers about cattle and sheep prices at the moment, he said. Both breeders and traders of sheep and cattle are encouraged to attend the two-day marketing school at Ballarat. For more details, go to: www.klrmarketing. com.au. Rural schools a priority EMMA HOPE RURAL children's edu- cation and wellbeing will be discussed at an upcom- ing conference. The Isolated Children's Parent Association will hold its inaugural state conference on March 22 at Oatlands. Author Rachel Treasure will be one of the guest speakers as well as politicians and Centrelink representatives. As the group is fighting to keep rural schools from being closed, it hopes parents will take the oppor- tunity to attend and see what the organisation is all about. ICPA is a national body that currently has a rela- tively small Tasmanian membership base, though it hopes to expand it. It is responsible for some great achievements on be- half of rural and remote area's younger generation. It meets regularly with both the Minister for Edu- cation and shadow spokes- man for Education to voice concerns regarding rural schools and the difficulties of attracting good teachers as well as keeping them viable and open. ICPA was successful in lobbying government to build a boarding facility in Launceston and to have extensive upgrade work completed to Springvale Hostel in Hobart. It also regularly consults with organisations investigating the welfare of rural children and the trials that parents endure raising children in re- gional areas. Current issues include: education allowances, boarding schools/school term hostels, travel, dis- tance education, special education, curriculum, communications, and small rural and remote schoolsIf you are interest- ed in attending the state conference or want more information phone 6257 8421(b/h).
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