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TAS Country : March 22nd 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012 Tasmanian Country 17 The Stock Report RECORD: Farmers and vets have joined to recycle more than two million containers this year. Waste program drums up big support ROGER HANSON THE single biggest en- vironmental program ever undertaken jointly by far- mers and end chemical users has had a year to remember. National recycling program drumMUSTER continues to shatter its own records, with two mil- lion agricultural and veter- inary (agvet) chemical con- tainers disposed of in the past year. Once the plastic or steel containers are brought in, they are transformed into practical items such as wheelie bins, road signs and park benches. The container manage- ment stewardship program works with more than 750 councils through- out Australia. The initiative was devel- oped by the National Far- mers' Federation (NFF), CropLife Australia, Ani- mal Health Alliance (Aust- ralia), the Veterinary Manufacturers and Dist- ributors Association (VMDA) and the Aust- ralian Local Government Association (ALGA), along with the Industry Waste Reduction Scheme (IWRS) for a solution to the safe collection and recycling of cleaned chemical con- tainers and the collection of unwanted rural and ag- vet chemicals. Tasmanian collection sites are throughout the state, however, to find out the one closest to you visit www.drummuster.com.au or call 1800 008 707. National Program Man- ager Allan McGann said the achievement was a real testament to the hard work of all of its program part- ners and those involved. ''We are delighted to have collected our two mil- lionth container in the past year,'' he said. ''We have been keeping a close eye on our returns tally and to achieve this just a few months after collecting our 18 millionth container since the program started back in 1998, makes it even more satisfying. ''It's all down to the dedication of our program users around the nation and the terrific work done by all of our program representatives.'' Since the service first formed in late 1998, it has helped keep more than 23,000 tonnes of potentially- hazardous materials out of landfill. Hopes are high that the 20 millionth con- tainer milestone will be reached by end of the year. Manufacturers nation- wide have also embraced the initiative, with 93 com- panies now on board with drumMUSTER. Mr McGann said there is a significant improvement in return rates and in- creased deliveries. ''This provides further proof the program is an essential and valued ser- vice to the rural industry. Our return rates are look- ing great; the figures indi- cate we have collected around 120,000 more con- tainers than at the same time last year. ''It's a really pleasing result and it's extremely fitting that its been ach- ieved in this, the Aust- ralian Year of the Farmer!'' Cows hit 165c as prices strengthen PHILIP BRAZENDALE COWS sold to their highest level in 10 years at Bridge water this week in a sale which saw prices remain- ing steady or improving across the pens. The market for lambs was steady, mutton im- proved, heavy cattle were steady, and trade cattle prices gained. There was a yarding of 312 cattle, 1328 sheep and lambs, six calves and 10 slips. The offering of 13 bulls sold from 110c to 130c to average 125c/kg. Jap ox sold from 173c to 185c/kg with big crossbred steers over 700kg selling from 156c to to 165c/kg. Trade cattle sold from 178c to a top of 195c/kg, most selling at 185c/kg. Vealers sold from 187c to 214c/kg. A very good yarding of 50 mostly station cows were on offer and they sold to good competition. Top price was 165c/kg for a truck of 14 cows to $1391, with an average of $1298. There were 715 lambs yarded and these sold to steady prices. Top price was $120, most heavies saw $100 to $110, medium $75 to $95 and light $25 to $65. Two-tooths sold from $26 to $88. Mutton attracted good competition, with best ewes to $79, most $50 to $60 and light sheep $2 to $15. Slips sold from $47 to $71, two-month-old calves $410, week-old Friesian heifer calves $155, and week-old bulls $40. Feature sales: JAP OX: GB & VM Clark, 181c-$1301; PA & EJ Geard, 185c-$1075; RJ Meridith, 185c-$1091; K Wall, 181c-$1076; M Loveluck, 183c-$1079; AJ & JK Woolley, 184c-$1039. TRADE CATTLE: P Stevens, str, 191c-$1021; G Page, str, 194c-$911; Kimo, str, 187c-$958; NJ Dowling, hfr, 189c-$853; H Dillon, str, 187c-$822; D & S Wright, str, 194c-$746; DS & M Clark, hfr, 193c-$762; AL McIntyre, hfr, 185c-$814c; BD & ME Oakley, str, 190c-$840; Fenton Forest, str, 195c-$897, hfr, 188c-$799; G Jones, str, 190c-$793; EA & DC Howells, str,188c- $911. COWS: CH Allanby & sons, 165c-$1391; AM Clark, hfr,164c-$1205; BN Grayling,149c-$834; ,R Howlett, hfr, 168c-$1041; G Page, 149c-$1043;L&K Rowlands, 158c-$1319; CL Coad, 155c-1092; S Clark, 151c-$1011. LAMBS: AM Clark $120, SK & CM Palfreyman $116, NJ Webberley $115, PA Reardon $110,L&CByrers $110, Rennicks $110, J Bals- ley $109, R Bresnehan $105, D Dowling $105. MUTTON: IJ & MI Feh- lberg, ews, $79; B J Scott, wrs, $70; J Williams, ews, $69; M H McDermott, ews, $67; The Braes, ews, $65; D C Woolley, wrs, $64. 2083292-120316 Wanted To Buy Export Heifers - paying top money over 200kg Phone your local Vicstock agent For Sale 6 Jersey and Jersey X heifers PTIC 20 Jersey heifers 6 - 7 mths old 40 Xbred dairy heifers PTIC 10 Friesian steers approx 180kg 20 Friesian steers approx 100kg Ph. Tony Wootton 0407 823 142 240 Spring calving Friesian and Xbred cows in milk MT 84 X bred dairy cows - calving now 100 Angus cows 3 - 7 yo PTIC to Angus to calve Aug on Qty Charolais bulls Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 120 Friesian and Xbred heifers to pick from calving from Aug on PTIC 30 Jersey Heifers, calving from mid August on 65 Friesian steers 300kg + 2 Friesian bulls 8 Jersey bulls 2 yo 2 Murray Grey bulls 18 mth and 30 mth Qty Hereford bulls 200 Angus steers approx 270 kg Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 www.vicstock.com.au Tasmania Your Dairy Specialist Team 2038754-120323 Bernard Atkins .............................. 0417 593 158 Peter Collins ................................. 0427 547 145 Tony Wootton ............................... 0407 823 142 Anthony McDougall ....................0438 502 188 Adam Crawford .......................... 0400 550 412 (North West) Manager (North West ) (North)(North East) (South)
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