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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012 Tasmanian Country 37 2012 Seed program reaps rewards FARMERS planning on renovating or sowing ryegrass have new options now that Upper Murray Seeds Atomic or Awesome varieties are available in Tasmania. Upper Murray Seeds has a presence at Agfest for the first time this year. Buying these seed varieties can help raise much-needed funds for hard-working community groups such as local SES, fire brigade, footy and netball clubs -- even schools. What's more, these premium products rapidly grow into high- quality stock feed. Although new to Tasmania, this is the third year Upper Murray Seeds has run the $eeds Fill Needs promotion, which gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their favourite community group, charity or sporting club to receive a donation based on the number of bags of seeds they buy. General manager Stewart Sutherland said it was a good opportunity to raise money for local fire authorities, emergency services, sporting clubs or schools. $eeds Fill Needs was developed as a practical and meaningful way for farmers to acknowledge the work of community volunteers. It was inspired by the work of volunteer firefighters during the 2009 bushfires that helped save the Upper Murray Seeds farm, research and development facility, as well as seed stocks. Ironically, the business suffered flood damage the following year. ''Just as they did with the fires, community volunteers helped clean up the mess and devastation left behind,'' Mr Sutherland said. ''Upper Murray Seeds is in Tasmania for the long haul, having acquired a production farm here [Burlington at Cressy] and we want to contribute to the community.'' To participate, farmers return the tags from their Atomic and Awesome ryegrass bags to Upper Murray Seeds or enter online at www.uppermurrayseeds.com.au, nominating the community group to receive funds. Call in to the Agfest stand to chat with agronomists Ashley Batten and Chris Harkness to find out more. Site: S17B on South St PEERLESS: Anthony Hill climbs aboard his new CLAAS Arion tractor, which is towing an Amazone ZG-B 8200 spreader. Tractor sits in a CLAAS of its own 'I have worked the Arion really hard on all sorts of jobs...ithasnever missed a beat ALTHOUGH he's only 40, Anthony Hill has been farming in South Gippsland for 22 years. Mr Hill milks 250 dairy cows -- a mix of Holsteins and Jerseys -- on 120ha at Middle Tarwin, just outside Leongatha, 135km southeast of Melbourne, and is also a contractor and is flat out with cultivation work at neighbouring properties. The proof of how much work he's got on, is that Mr Hill is about to take delivery of his second CLAAS tractor. The former A-grade cricketer is one of the local CLAAS dealer's favourite cus- tomers, not because he buys the most equipment, but because Mr Hill was the first Australian to take delivery of an Arion series trac- tor. That was four years ago and four trouble-free years later, he's just or- dered an Axion 810. The new CLAAS tractor can with- stand the toughest of workouts to provide trouble-free contracting. ''Up until I got the Arion, I'd always had second-hand tractors. I was talking to the local CLAAS dealer, Landpower South Gippsland, and I ended up buying the Arion,'' Mr Hill said. ''When it arrived, I wondered if I'd done the right thing, but after the first day I knew I'd made the right decision.'' Since then, the Arion has clocked up about 6000 hours, including a lot of time on the highway between jobs. The Arion boasts the widest cabin on the market and Mr Hill said the tractor was the most comfortable he's driven. ''The Arion's wide cabin, air seats and four-point cab suspension shows that CLAAS designs its tractors with operator comfort in mind,'' he said. ''Trust me, when you're sitting in a tractor for 12 hours a day, nothing is more important than comfort. Before I had the Arion, I used to finish the day and feel so stiff. That's now a thing of the past.'' Mr Hill also ordered the optional front suspension because he does a lot of towing heavy equipment such as power harrows and spreaders. He said the ride is so smooth you can almost forget you're towing a few tonnes. The six-speed, four-range powershift transmission en- ables him to exact- ly match ground speed to operating conditions without having to touch the clutch. The standard 28-inch and 38-inch tyres ensure a smooth ride, both on the road and off. Mr Hill is still driving on the original set of tyres and he says there's still plenty of hours left on them. ''I've worked the Arion really hard on all sorts of jobs -- baling, power harrowing, spraying, spreading, discing and seeding. It's never missed a beat and that's why I've ordered another CLAAS tractor, an Axion 810 this time.'' ''Apart from the product reliability, the superior customer service is what brings me back to CLAAS every time.'' Site N17 on North St www.worksafe.tas.gov.au The most important reason for visiting us at Agfest is not at Agfest at all. Site location CWA08 Trades Expo WorkSafe Tasmania will be at Agfest on May 3, 4 and 5, offering you information and advice on ways you can help make your workplace safer. Join us at Trades Expo CWA08. And don t forget, the most important reason for being safe at work is not at work at all. Helpline 1300 366 322 0298
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