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TAS Country : March 15th 2012
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 16, 2012 News It's time for Strait talking over freight scheme From Page 3 is why we do it, but economic reality has the ability to stamp out our efforts.'' The TFGA has called for a three-year moratorium on the new carbon tax being imposed on road fuel, by way of a rebate. However, this does not apply to shipping fuel, which will be subject to the carbon tax. The TFES does not take that inequity into account. There is also a call to halt the Victorian Government's proposed new $74 million licence fee imposed on the Port of Melbourne. ''That alone is expected to cost Tasmanian producers at least $10 million a year. About 98 per cent of Tasmanian freight passes through Mel- bourne,'' Ms Davis said. Tasmania no longer has direct inter- national shipping links. Tasmania's overseas exports have to be shipped through mainland ports, which the TFGA says means Tasman- ian products incur a disproportionately heavy freight cost relative to the eventual destination. ''There is no time to lose,'' Ms Davis said. Tasmanian Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne said the State Govern- ment was continuing to fight for Tasmanian industry and jobs, by lob- bying on behalf of the TFGA and key exporters to have the TFES changed. He acknowledged the contribution of stakeholder groups in helping lobby the Federal Government for changes to the TFES. ''I led an industry delegation to Canberra to begin discussing possible changes to the TFES. I had productive follow-up meetings with the Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese,'' Mr O'Byrne said. Mr Hislop Speers said the Tasmanian Government should turn to its most sustainable industries and support them in the same way the Federal Govern- ment has supported other high-priority industries with research and develop- ment grants, employment grants and tax incentives, and by encouraging pro- ducers to invest in their businesses with depreciation incentives. ''This is real, we are passionate and want to keep doing what we are doing,'' Mr Hislop Speers said. The Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries Bryan Green said he was positive about the future of Tasmania's agricultural sector. ''The Government is supporting far- mers to increase productivity and move into higher-value crops, improve the skills base across the sector and maintain our research and develop- ment capability,'' Mr Green said. The Federal Member for Braddon and Parliamentary Secretary for Agri- culture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sid Sidebottom, shares the concerns of Tasmanian exporters facing additional shipping costs. 2078840-120316 Southern Farming Systems Variable Rate Field Day Friday, 30th March -- 10am start "Oakleigh", southern end of Ecclestone Road, Westwood GUEST SPEAKERS Richard Hallett (Tas Grower, Bothwell) - Farmer's Perspective on Variable Rate Irrigation Will Burden (Roberts Limited) -- What is Required to Retrofit Existing Pivots for Variable Rate Irrigation Reuben Wells (Ag Logic/SFS) -- Mapping for Variable Rate Irrigation *Discussions will also be had about managing drainage DEMONSTRATIONS Variable rate irrigation, spraying and seeding For further details please contact:- Madeleine Skerritt, SFS Tas Branch Coordinator | Ph: 0400 090 344 | Email: email@example.com Website: www.sfs.org.au | RSVP Welcomed but not Essential Food & Drink Available for Purchase Members -- free Non-members -- $20 BIG WINNER: Cressy farmer Grant Archer on the property he share-farms with wife Kim. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Dairy move pays off for Archers KAROLIN MacGREGOR SOME of Tasmania's best dairy operations have been recognised through the 2012 ANZ Dairy Business of the Year Awards. The winners of this year's prestige awards are Cressy farmers Grant and Kim Archer. The couple share-farm on a 50/50 basis with property owners Rob and Jo Bradley on their farm, Rosemount. During the 2010-11 competition season, the operation achieved a 20.3 per cent return on assets. This, combined with their excellent management, was enough to earn them the sought-after DBOY award. The Archers, who were previously farming in the state's North-West at Mella, made the decision to move to the Central North after being approached by the Bradleys. They were looking to diversify their cropping operation and make use of a disused dairy on their property. They milked 390 cows in their first season on the property in 2008-09. Since then, the operation has con- tinued to expand and they now plan to milk about 950 cows during the upcom- ing season. Mr Archer said starting up dairying in a new area was not without its challenges, so they were pleased to win the award. ''We weren't really sure how it would go at first, but we've got a fairly simple system that we use on the farms and that seems to work pretty well,'' he said. DairyTas chairman Paul Bennett said it was important to recognise some of the best performances in the indus- try to help raise the profile of dairying and help celebrate the success of Tasmanian dairy farmers. Runners-up in this year's compe- tition were Leigh and Kellie Schuuring, who share-farm at Mella on the prop- erty owned by the Archers. They milk 910 cows there on a 293ha milking area and achieved a return on assets of 9 per cent. Montana farmers Nigel and Rachel Brock were also runners-up this year. They milk 580 spring-calving cows on 206ha near Deloraine. In the competition year, they ac- hieved an 8 per cent return on assets. The DBOY awards will be officially presented at a gala dinner in Ulver- stone on March 20. The annual Tasmanian dairy con- ference will be held the following day. This is the first time in the compe- tition's 31-year history that the awards will be presented at a gala dinner. Tickets for the dinner are available for $70 a person and all farmers and industry representatives are welcome to attend. More on the Dairy Awards, Pages 21-23
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