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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 27, 2012 NEW: Scott Wiliams with his Fortima V 1500. ON HAND: Brett Anderson runs an expanding contracting business based at Mawbana at Circular Head. Allies in pasture Contracting mates chase best bales TASMANIAN contractors Scott Williams and Brett Anderson have a lot in common. Both have expanded their businesses through referrals from satisfied clients, who value their atten- tion to detail and commitment to using quality machinery. Despite working at opposite ends of the state -- Mr Williams is based at New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley while Mr An- derson operates from Mawban- na at Circular Head -- the men have become good friends and regularly swap information. The heavy pastures of the North West have given Mr Anderson the opportunity to grow a substantial business. He now turns out 30,000 to 40,000 round bales annually for his clients using four machines. Down south, Mr Williams' business Statewide Ag services is catching up with an expand- ing client base covering the whole valley but largely centred around Bothwell and Ouse. He added a second baler to his fleet last season to handle his growing throughput of about 10,000 rounds. He also pushes out 8000 small squares for the horse market. Mr Williams looks to his northern mate for guidance on machinery purchases, explain- ing that Anderson Contracting's large workload and rapid turn- over of balers provides Brett with great experience. ''We spent a couple of days together before last season and then both ended up buying new Krone Fortima V1500s,'' Mr Wil- liams said. ''It was my first new baler. It wasn't a surprise that Krone got the nod as I'd had a good run out of my second-hand VarioPack, and Brett has done very well with the brand. ''If you're going to be serious about contracting, you have to have new gear.'' The Fortima's performance has impressed him. ''I am a stickler for perfection and it does a beautiful job. It puts out a perfect bale -- you can pick them in the paddock. Even people around the district can tell where I've been working,'' Mr Williams said. ''The camless pick-up does a great job. There is nothing to wear out and it leaves the paddock really clean. ''It's 600kg lighter than my old baler and you really notice the difference on the hilly country we have around here. I did 200 bales at one place without get- ting off the tractor. It's 130 hp and handles it no trouble at all.'' Mr Anderson agrees the For- tima turns out a great bale. ''The higher chamber pres- sure makes them tighter and denser. They roll out really well, and it's when the clients are feeding out that matters. You soon hear about it if there's a problem,'' he said. ''The feed is 100 per cent faster than on the Vario and the chamber runs a bit faster as well. It's only a little bit -- but it makes a big difference.'' Mr Anderson is in a great 2012 Clamp a big winner COMBI Clamp Stock Handling equipment, from New Zealand, will be on display at Agfest for the first time. Farmers will have the opportunity to talk to Peter Roe, the new Australian agent, and Wayne and Lynley Coffey, designers of the Combi Clamp, and far- mers, from New Zealand. The Combi Clamp Sheep Handler, designed more than 10 years ago by Mr Coffey, started out to be a piece of home-made equip- ment to help him manage 6000 ewes. The device has grown into a successful business, supplying stock handling equipment to farmers throughout NZ, Australia and the UK. Combi Clamps features include no power or com- pressed air, and is operated hands-free. Dagging, drenching, vaccinating, weighing, capsuling, foot- paring, mouthing and tag- ging can all be achieved through the clamp in one pass, in a quick and ef- ficient manner. 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