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TAS Country : February 16th 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News Bushy Park on show From page 3 act the Wolfe Brothers, who were recently named as nominees in the pres- tigious CMC Oz Artist of the Year awards. Other highlight's of this year's show include an expanded equestrian schedule, a ute competition and a cel- ebrity saw event. Ms Burn said the show would also have an animal nursery for children, as well as a free children's play area, which includes a small hay maze, Pelican Puppets and other activi- ties. The Showmen's Guild will be back with the tra- ditional sideshow alley. There will also be a range of rural products on dis- play for farmers, including hay feeders and portable stockyards. Entry costs $6 for adults and $3 for children. Revival hope for dairy industry From Page 3 The improvement in power infrastructure could potentially generate an ex- tra 75 million litres of milk a year, bringing in an extra $30 million in farm income annually. Also announced as part of the agreement was a $4.25 million investment in a new agricultural trade college at Smithton. Mr Quilliam said having access to more qualified labour would be essential to any growth in the dairy industry across the region. ''Even now I get people asking me almost every day whether I know of anyone they can employ to work on their farms,'' Mr Quilliam said. ''Without people to work on these farms and in the dairy industry, there's no point companies or far- mers investing any money. We need more labour and this college will help get more young people into the industry.'' The Agritas Trade Col- lege will be next to the Circular Head Christian School and Smithton Pri- mary School. It will provide seven full- time jobs and offer 200 full- qualification positions and 400 short-course places each year. Students who attend the college will be able to develop skills in a wide range of areas, from the basics of agricultural train- ing right through to high- level management skills. ''This college is the light at the end of the tunnel for our municipality. It will act as an impetus for the redefinition of Circular Head,'' Mr Quilliam said. ''So often our dairy in- dustry comes to the point or reinventing itself and this college will allow us to grow a new generation of dairy and beef farmers.'' He said the region had been significantly affected by the current downturn in the forestry industry, but it was hoped the major expansion in dairy- ing now under way would provide a much-needed economic boost for the re- gion. ''I think there will be a gap of between six and 12 months where people who have been working in for- estry may not be able to go straight on to farms, but over the long term the dairy industry will be em- ploying a lot more people,'' Mr Quilliam said. A new milk processing factory, currently being built on the outskirts of Smithton at the former Gunns timber mill site, is also expected to employ 60 people. Show program Chainsaw racing Home crafts competition Post-vintage car display Woodchopping Cattle & Sheep events Animal nursery Ute competition Sheep dog trials Equestrian events Sideshow alley and rides Produce, arts and crafts BEST IN THE LAND: Gary Lethborg shows off his champion sausages Blaze fires up Sausage King KAROLIN MacGREGOR LESS than a year after a devastating fire at its pro- cessing facility, Lethborg's Smallgoods has won a national award. The 100-year-old busi- ness was recently awarded the prestigious 2012 Natio- nal Sausage King title in the Traditional Australian Pork category. Gary Lethborg said he was thrilled to win the award against some tough competition from around the country. ''At the presentation they read out the third and second placegetters first and I nearly fell off my chair when they said we'd won,'' he said. The Sausage King com- petition is judged by a panel of experts who rate each sausage on presen- tation, shrinkage when cooked, fat content, texture and flavour. The recipe for the award-winning pork sausages has been handed down through the Leth- borg family. In June last year, the family business suffered a major setback when a fire tore through part of its production facility in Launceston. While this did not hamper production for the Tasmanian market, it did impact on plans to sell products to the mainland and overseas. Despite the fire, pro- duction is now back in full swing and Mr Lethborg said the Sausage King win had created a sales boom. ''We normally sell a few, but we ran out of the pork sausages three times last week, which is a good thing,'' he said. Almost all of the Leth- borg products are made using stock bought locally. Mr Lethborg said that, when possible, the com- pany preferred to use Tasmanian-grown pork in the sausages. ''We like to buy locally grown stock as much as we can,'' he said. ''You know what you're getting then and that can make a big difference to the end products.'' Mr Lethborg has worked in the family business since 1963 and knows a good sausage when he tastes one. ''A lot of it is just com- mon sense, but you've got to have the right balance between meat and fat to get a good texture and flavour,'' he said. ''A lot of people think the more meat the better, but if you have too much they just end up tasting like chaff. You do need some fat in them. Once you get the recipe right you have to stick to it because consist- ency is really important.'' Mr Lethborg said he would encourage anyone who wanted to buy good-quality sausages to go to their local butcher. ''There's nothing wrong with the supermarket sausages, but most butchers make their own, so you're probably going to get a better product if you buy locally,'' he said. Farmers oppose IGA Call for say on forests KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIA'S peak farm- ing body says it fully sup- ports moves by the Legis- lative Council to block the passage of the Tasmanian forestry Intergovernmen- tal Agreement through Parliament. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said this week that the organis- ation welcomed the Legis- lative Council's stance on the issue. ''It is clear that it is time for all Tasmanians to have their say on the future of forestry and where the state economy is heading, and that includes far- mers,'' she said. The comments come as environmental groups con- tinue their push to stop overseas companies buying Tasmanian timber prod- ucts, which the TFGA says is ''industry sabotage''. ''Those who have suc- cessfully persuaded over- seas buyers not to buy products from our world- class sustainable forest in- dustry have demonstrated that there was never going to be any compromise in our forests,'' she said. ''It is all or nothing as far as they are concerned. The community has every right to feel disappointed that this has happened.'' Ms Davis said there were still many questions about the IGA process yet to be answered. ''Why were so many ex- cluded from the process on the pretence that they would not be affected?'' she asked. ''We're all affected now. The state's sustainable for- est industry has been brought to its knees.'' The TFGA represents 1600 private foresters around the state who are managing almost 900,000ha of forests. ''Already we can see con- fidence falling in our pri- vate forest products, yet there is clear global indus- try evidence that the de- mand for woodchips, for instance, is still buoyant,'' Ms Davis said. ''The Tasmanian brand has been unfairly tar- nished, if not destroyed. ''It is grossly unfair and iniquitous. ''Others are now taking our markets.'' She said the TFGA would like to see the cur- rent IGA rejected and a community discussion about the future of the state's forest industry that includes consultation with private forestry owners, including farmers. ''Farmers have certainly had enough,'' Ms Davis said. ''We are repeatedly reassured that farm for- esters would not be impac- ted. This is clearly not true. ''The IGA is not going to be able to deliver the out- comes it promised for any of the stakeholders.'' TFGA Matters, P7 2073596-120106 SLASHERS AUSTRALIAN MADE www.delmade.com.au FREECALL 1800 335 623 RELIABLE ROBUST RUGGED FULL RANGE FOR EVERY BUDGET FREE STATEWIDE DELIVERY TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Please remove any hidden obstacles in your poppy paddocks while they can still be seen and ensure access is clear. 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