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TAS Country : March 15th 2012
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 16, 2012 News Buyers out in force for weaner sale SUCCESS: Roberts agents, below, got good prices from the strong crowd at for the state's first major weaner sale. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR KAROLIN MacGREGOR GOOD buyer competition resulted in steer prices reaching higher than expected levels at the state's first major weaner sale of the season. Top price of the sale was $930 a head paid for a pen of Angus steers from Premaydena. Second top price of the sale was $920 a head paid for Angus steers from Connorville. Roberts livestock manager Warren Johnston said prices in the steer section had been higher than anticipated. ''We were certainly very pleased with how the sale went,'' he said. ''Steers were well above expectations.'' Two pens of Herefords from Glenvale kicked off the sale and also sold well making $860 and $820 a head. While heifer prices were not quite as strong, Mr Johnston said they had already had a number of inquiries from interstate buyers about heifers at the upcoming sales. ''The heifers did struggle a bit, but there has been a lot of restocking going on the last couple of years,'' he said. Top price in the heifer section was $750 paid for a pen of heifers from Shene. A new feature at this year's sales are awards for the best-presented pens of steers and heifers. Mr Johnston said the prizes for the best-presented awards were being donated by bull breeders from across the state. The best-presented steer prize was won by a pen of steers from Shene, while Connorville The Den won the best-presented heifer pen prize. Mr Johnston said they were looking for pens that showed exceptional quality and evenness. The next Roberts Powranna sale will be held on March 22, when about 3000 cattle will be on offer. Smoke hazard to be reduced ROGER HANSON CHANGE: Reducing the impact of smoke from the burning program is a priority. CHANGES to the regeneration forest burning program are helping to minimise breaches of national air quality standard. However, the Tasmanian Greens have called for an end to the annual burn season. Greens Health spokesman Paul O'Halloran said it was difficult to justify the practice, saying it caused air pollution. Forestry Tasmania's fire manager Tony Blanks said minimising smoke nuisance in populated areas is a priority for this year's regeneration burning program. ''Forestry Tasmania's key concern is to ensure we do not cause any breach of the national air quality standard,'' Mr Blanks said. ''Changes in the planning and im- plementation of our regeneration program, including our participation in the Co-ordinated Smoke Manage- ment Strategy, have greatly improved the tools at our disposal to effectively minimise smoke nuisance.'' Mr Blanks said it is important to realise that Forestry Tasmania is just one of several land managers undertak- ing burning during the autumn. ''Forestry Tasmania, other forestry companies, and the Parks and Wildlife Service all participate in the Co- ordinated Smoke Management Strat- egy, which sets maximum smoke limits for Tasmanian airsheds to manage their burning programs,'' he said. Mr Blanks said burns done by private landowners go unrecorded. ''A CSIRO study has also shown that wood heaters are a significantly higher source of smoke pollution in populated parts of the Huon Valley study area than are forestry burns,'' he said. ''While Forestry Tasmania burns may, on occasion, contribute to poor air quality, it's important to keep the effects of our program in perspective.'' He said Forestry Tasmania will continue to implement improvements. The improvements include: The start of the regeneration burn season as soon as conditions are suitable. The aim is to extend the burning season, thereby increasing the number of potential days on which good smoke dispersal is likely to take place, and may allow a reduction in the number of burns attempted on each of those days. The voluntary declaration of no burn days, when smoke dispersion is likely to be poor. Alerting residents when Forestry Tasmania believes its planned burns may have contributed to air pollution. Evening media advisories con- taining smoke management appraisals of the planned burns for the day. Morning media advisories (before 11am) before the start of any burns. Forestry Tasmania will upload information about burn locations to http://www.plannedburnstas.com.au/
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