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TAS Country : March 8th 2012
Bush Telegraph country ON THE COVER country TASMANIAN the AGFEST newspaper March 9 -- 15, 2012 $1.00 inc GST TFGA: SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE P7 YEAR OF THE FARMER 2012 Freight fight P3-5 Picture: ROGER HANSON Orchardist Andrew Smith STORY: P4-5 Picture: ROGER HANSON INSIDE Industry set to expand Poppy bonanza P10 Year of the Farmer Innovation pays off P16-17 Hobby farming Start small for success P25 Twin blows for exporter ................... 3 TFGA: Where does food come from? 7 Water plans on track ........................ 9 Rural speed limit concerns ............. 11 Exporters face ultimatum .............. 12 Graeme Phillips' From the Vine .... 13 Success for Stephanie ................... 14 Richard Bailey's Market Talk ......... 15 The Stock Report ....................... 15-22 Getting the best from your herd .. 21 No plough cropping ........................ 22 Special feature: Red Angus ........... 23 Special feature: Charolais .............. 24 Rural property ........................... 26-27 Products and services directory 28-29 Country classifieds ........................ 30 Crossword ........................................ 31 Weather ............................................ 31 Tasmanian Country is published by Davies Brothers Limited, 93 Macquarie St, Hobart, 7000. ABN 37 009 475 754 EDITORIAL INQUIRIES (03) 6331 9144, (03) 6230 0716 DISPLAY ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Tracey Wright 6230 0752 firstname.lastname@example.org RURAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES DIRECTORY & COUNTRY CLASSIFIEDS 6230 0400 email@example.com CONTACT US AT firstname.lastname@example.org HAMILTON SHOW: The Hamilton Show will be held at the showgrounds, Lyell Highway, Hamilton, on March 25 from 7.30am with dog trials and shearing competitions. Also on the program are equestrian events, children's races, home industries, wool and cattle. Details: Richard 6286 3420, Jo 6286 3424 or Ann 6286 3259 POTATO GROWER WORKSHOP: There will be a free seminar for all potato levy payers in Devonport on Wednesday, as part of the Potato Industry Extension Program. Speakers will discuss research and development benefits for growers and processors, and how it can be implemented practically on the farm. Research work within the Australian Potatoes Research Program - Phase 2 (APRP2) will be examined; at the Argosy Hotel, 221 Tarleton St, 6pm- 8pm. Dinner provided. VEGETABLE LEVY PAYERS' MEETINGS: AUSVEG is hosting Vegetable Levy Payers' meeting in Devonport and Hobart to provide growers with an opportunity to see where and how R&D levy funds are being invested. Devonport session is on Wednesday, April 4, at the Argosy Hotel, 221 Tarleton St, East Devonport, 6pm- 8pm. The Hobart session is on Saturday, May 12, Wrest Point Hotel Casino, 2.30pm-3pm. Details: 9822 0388. ST PATRICKS HEAD CELEBRATION: Saturday March 17, market 10am to 3pm, children's games 11am to 2pm, rock and roll dance 5pm to 9pm. Gold coin donation entry to dance, dress in 1950s and 1960s gear and join the fun. A Break O'Day Regional Arts event. Details: Sue 6372 2512 DUNLOP PARK BULL SALE: Dunlop Park's annual bull sale will be on March 27 from 11.30am. Viewing from 10am on sale day. Details: 6426 9239 or 0419 269 239. PAINTED HORSE TITLES: The Tasmanian Paint Horse championships will be held on Saturday, March 31 (english) starting at 11am and Sunday April 1 (western) at 9:30am. Both events at the Violet Banks Indoor Arena, Exton. Details: Vicki Hume 6383 1176 or email@example.com or go to website www.painthorsetasmania.com WYNYARD SHOW: The Wynyard Show is on March 17. schedules are now available.Details: Maxine Ewington, 6442 3916, 0408 323 196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This year's show will feature Beef Shorthorn Show and Holstein Australia, Tasmania branch, Interbreed Show. GEM SHOW: The Lapidary Club of Tasmania is holding its Hobart Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on March 17, from 9am to 5pm and March 18 from 9am to 4pm, Grandstand Hall, Hobart Showground, Glenorchy. Details: Rosemary 6249 1408. CARBON STORAGE FORUM: A free community forum on carbon stoarge in Tasmanian forests, presented by Dr Martin Moroni, senior research scientist with Forestry Tasmania, will be held at the Latrobe Community Hall and Performing Arts Centre, Gilbert St, Latrobe, on March 21 at 7.30pm. Details: Mike Gaffney 6426 1797 KENTISH GARDEN CLUB: The 20th anniversary of the club is to be held at a luncheon on April 14 at Weindorfers, Gowrie Park. Guest speaker is Tino Carnevale from Gardening Australia. Details: Terrie Pollard 6491 2752 or Anne-Maree Temple on 6492 3012. GOWRIE PARK RODEO AND UTE MUSTER: Come via Sheffield, tomorrow. Full rodeo program. Gates open at 2pm main event from 4:30pm. Live Band the Wolfe Brothers. Bar, food and refreshments available. No BYO alcohol. Details: 0409 381 619. SASSAFRAS HERITAGE WEEKEND: This weekend at Sassafras. Celebrating the year of the farmer with exhibits related to this theme. Miniature railway a new attraction, plus demonstrations, good food, live entertainment. Details: D Perry 04181 40901 or A Wilton 04095 16290 CLEARING THE CARBON CONFUSION: The Future Ready Dairy Systems workshop explaining carbon and climate change policy to farmers will be on today at the Tailrace centre, Riverside; from 11am to 1.30pm. Details: 6432 2233. PIG HANDLING WORKSHOPS: Prohand workshops on professional handling of pigs will be held at the Deloraine High School today. Details: Malcolm Cowan 0417 573 991 SUSTAINABLE GRAZING PRACTICES: NRM South is holding two free field days focusing on planned grazing as a tool to improve soil and pasture health; March 20, at Dunalley; and March 22 at Nicholls Rivulet. Details: 6221 6111 or email@example.com TASTE OF TAMAR: The Taste of the Tamar celebrates wine and food produced in the Tamar Valley region, bringing together products from more than 20 wine and food producers. At the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart on July 21 and 22 from noon to 5pm. Entry $1. Tickets www.tasteofthetamar.com.au INTRO TO PERMACULTURE: Two-day course on the principles of permaculture design, March 31 and April 1, at Source Community Garden, Sandy Bay. Cost $150. Details: Jenny Calder, Source.firstname.lastname@example.org, 6224 0055 GRAZING DEMONSTRATIONS: NRM South is running three free field days focusing on planned grazing as a tool to improve soil and pasture health, March 20 at Dunalley; March 21 at Gretna and March 22 at Nicholls Rivulet. Details: NRM South 6221 6111 or email@example.com 2 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 9, 2012 WEEKEND MARKETS SATURDAY MoMa Market at MONA, on the roof of MONA, 655 Main Rd Berriedale, 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Details: www.mona.net.au Launceston Harvest Market, Cimitiere St Car Park, 9am to 1pm. Details: Kieryn Deutrom 0417 352 780 or firstname.lastname@example.org Oast House Market, Hobart Rd, New Norfolk, 9am to 1pm. Details: Chrissy Andrew 6261 4476. St Helens Market, library carpark, 8am to noon. Details: Sue 04195 29719 Devonport Farmers Market, Showgrounds, Gunn St, 8.30am to noon. Contact: 6423 3384 Epping Forest Market, Midlands Hwy, 9am to 3pm. Details: Steve 0409 026 853. George Town Cricket Club Market, George Town Memorial Hall, 9am to 1pm. Details: Pat 6382 3421. Swansea Community Market, Swansea Town Hall, 10am to 1pm. Details: Bronwyn James 6257 0505. Wynyard Craft and Produce Market,, Wynyard showgrounds, 7.30am to 12.30pm. Details: 6433 1939. Smithton Saturday Market, 135 Nelson St, 8.30am to 3pm. Details: Ray Murphy 0418 144 249.SUNDAY Judbury Growers and Makers, in the park next to the hall, 10am to 1pm. Details: Tony Robbie 6266 0262. Coal River Valley Farmers Market, Campania Hall and grounds, 9am to 2pm,. Details: Glynis Flower 6260 4598. Tasmanian Farm Gate, Melville St carpark, Hobart, 9am to 1pm. Details: Madi Peattie 6234 5625 or 0401 925 439. Sorell Market, at the Community Hall and Oval until 1.30pm. Details: Rod 6243 8282 or 0417 509 558. Tunbridge Market, Tunbridge Town Hall, 9am to 3pm. Details: Dawn Farrelly 62552008. Snug Market, 62 Beach Rd, 10am to 3pm. Details: Helen 040 339 054. 0400 339 054. Dover Community Market, Southgate Shopping Centre, 10am to 3pm. Details: Lisa 6297 6220. Geeveston Country Market, Community Hall Brady St, 9am to 1pm. Details: Jo Skipsey 6297 9913. Penguin Market, Old Penguin Primary School, 9am to 3.30pm. Details: www.penguin market.com. Don Village Market, Don Memorial Hall, 9am to 3pm. Details: 6492 1443. Esk Market, Showgrounds, 9am to 2pm. Details: Mick Dennis 6331 6044. Evandale Market, Russel St, 8am to 2pm. Details: Peter Woof 6391 9191. Hobart Showground Market, Howard Rd, e Glenorchy, 8am to 2pm. 6272 6812. Lilydale Village Market, Main Rd, Lilydale, 10am-2pm, Main Rd Lilydale. Details: 04385 82876 Climate workshops FARMERS have a chance to learn how to better adapt with climate variability and extremes. Two consultation workshops run by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 4pm. On Tuesday, the workshop will be held at the first floor Conference Room, Mt Pleasant Research Laboratories, 165 Westbury Rd, Launceston. The Wednesday session is at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre, West Park Oval, Burnie. The TIA and NCCARF are exploring ways it can help farmers and industry to better adapt and respond to climate- related risks. From January to April last year extreme rainfall events significantly impacted on agricultural production in Tasmania. The workshops will explore how the agriculture production chain could benefit from being able to foresee events and have strategies to minimise their effects. The workshops will report on a project to improve early warning sys- tems and climate risk management to cope with climate extremes and varia- bility on agricultural production in the north of Tasmania, particularly in the dairy and potato industries. The workshops will be critical in determining whether there is potential for TIA to develop projects and tools aimed at reducing climate risks to agricultural systems. Details: Launceston workshop phone 6336 5238, and the Burnie workshop 6430 4953. Old and new at Woodsdale fair Woodsdale Museum. THE small Midlands farming town of Woodsdale will come alive on Sunday for the Picnic and Fair Day at the old state school. The school has been transformed into the Woodsdale Museum and Shearing Interpretation Centre (WMSIC). Vice-president Mathew Tattersall said the ''Back to Woodsdale'' day has become a tradition. He said there will be varied attrac- tions including wine tasting and sales, fashion parade, damper cooking and tasting. The arts of building a stone wall and post and rail fencing will be demon- strated. Peter Jones also will be knife sharpening. Line dancing and craft and produce stalls will add to the fun. The day runs from 10am to 3pm. The Woodsdale State School was opened in 1884 and closed in 1965. ''Luckily there was a move afoot for the formation of a Museum and History group in the district and a suitable venue was needed,'' WMSIC president Yvonne Crawford said. ''After nego- tiations with the owners a lease was signed and, with the help of several successful grant applications, resto- ration was begun. ''It was a mammoth task but has been well worthwhile.'' The complex has been extended with two new buildings, one housing a collection of old farm implements and machinery from the surrounding dis- trict, and the other is set up as a shearing shed interpretation and dis- play area. The school and residence are fur- nished with memorabilia reflecting life from 1880 until 1920. Mrs Crawford said a small band of volunteers had worked hard to make the complex an entertaining and edu- cational experience for the many visi- tors to the area.
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