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TAS Country : March 29th 2012
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 30, 2012 News Dairy farms score PASS marks for safety TWO Tasmanian dairy farms have been recog- nised for farm safety. Dairy Business of the Year award winners Grant and Kim Archer and Rob and Jo Bradley, who oper- ate Rosemount at Cressy, and finalists Nigel and Ra- chel Brock who farm at Montana have received this year's Proactive Agri- cultural Safety and Sup- port (PASS) award. PASS chair Anne Taylor said while the two dairy operations were vastly dif- ferent, they both demon- strated best practice safety management. The Rosemount farm op- erates an old herringbone dairy while Brocks have a relatively new rotary. Ms Taylor said it was, however, not the physical characteristics of the dair- ies that were important. Ms Taylor said it was the attitude and behaviour of the farm managers and owners that indicated the standard of safety. She said the role model managers or owners pro- vided and how they com- municated with their staff was what counts. The safety judge for this year's competition was de- lighted to see a significant improvement this year. Despite the positives Ms Taylor said quad bike safety was still a major concern. Only one farm consistently adhered to the ''no helmet no ride'' policy and only one farm had a nominated speed limit and none of the quad bikes had crush protection devices. ''Farmers' staff, contrac- tors and service providers are highly skilled profes- sionals and a scarce com- modity,'' Ms Taylor said. ''We can't afford to lose any of them to foreseeable or preventable accidents.'' Miners give more money to politics AGRICULTURE is being outbid for political influ- ence by competing indus- tries, farm groups and poli- ticians say. Mining magnate Clive Palmer has donated $4 mil- lion to the Coalition parties in the past four years, while mining company Mineralogy donated more than $750,000 to the Liberal and National parties in 2010. The Construction, For- estry, Mining and Energy Union's mining and en- ergy division donated $1 million to Labor in 2010. The Coalition received $113 million and Labor $90 million in direct and in- direct donations for the 2010 election campaign. Australian Farm Insti- tute chief executive Mick Keogh said if donations did not influence policy, then ''why are they made? ''The agriculture sector is not in the hunt when it comes to those sorts of numbers and that sort of influence,'' he said. The identities of big do- nors in 2010 were not re- leased until early this year and donations of less than $11,500 are not required to be made public. Key rural independent Rob Oakeshott said agri- culture and small business ''totally lose out'' in the donations system. ''The corridors of Can- berra are filled with suits from organisations who can buy influence,'' Mr Oakeshott said. Weekly Times All in A Powerful Combination Merial Australia Pty Ltd, Building D, 12-24 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113 (ABN 53 071 187 285). eclipse is a registered trademark of Merial Limited. 2011 Merial Limited. All rights reserved. ECLP-10-000 A combination of two powerful actives in one convenient dose. New eclipse delivers the power of a combination in a pour-on. A whole new level of parasite control for Australian beef producers. Brutally effective against all major internal parasites -- including those resistant to endectocide drenches -- eclipse delivers a level of parasite control you simply can't get from conventional, single-active products. Take your parasite control to the next level. Double strength eclipse. Twice the Pour-on now at your local reseller. A SA NOFI COMPA NY INTRODUCING NEW
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