by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
TAS Country : May 3rd 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012 Tasmanian Country 3 News Producers saddle up for sake of clarity HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Eliza Wood and Guy Robertson with some of their pigs at Mount Gnomon Farm near Penguin. Picture: CHRIS KIDD ROGER HANSON NEW standards for free-range pork labelling will be a big win for consumers, say producers. Guy Robertson, who with his part- ner Eliza Wood runs the Mount Gnomon Farm at Penguin in the North-West, said he was encouraged by the industry's move to standardise labelling. ''Consumers don't understand some of the labelling and this move for free-range label certification is a positive,'' Mr Robertson said. Australian Pork Limited has re- leased the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance program for free- range pork products. Mr Robertson said it was important consumers understood what they were eating. ''Environment plays a part in the free-range product,'' he said. ''It is potentially different from region to region.'' Mr Robertson said pastures influ- enced pork. ''The free-range pigs pick up omega-3 from the pasture, which then has an impact on the unsaturated fatty acids in the meat,'' he said. Mount Gnomon Farm specialises in free-range Wessex Saddleback pigs, a heritage breed that produces mar- bled meat. ''We love the Wessex Saddleback for its quiet temperament and friendly nature, and its supreme meat qualities,'' Mr Robertson said. ''The pork is marbled, juicy and intensely flavoured.'' Mr Robertson has an honours degree in agriculture and Ms Wood graduated from the University of Tasmania with a major in journalism and history. Both are passionate about produc- ing ethically raised meat with mini- mal impact on the environment. Along with pigs, the farm is home To Page 4 Beefed-up supply for Koreans ROGER HANSON Exporter ready for 30pc rise A TASMANIAN beef company is plan- ning a major boost to its exports to South Korea. Greenham Tasmania is expecting a jump of 20 to 30 per cent in sales. ''We will lift our supply of Tasman- ian beef as a retail brand to one of South Korea's major retailers,'' Greenham managing director Peter Greenham said. Lotte Mart, the country's No. 3 super- market chain, has been one of Greenham's most solid customers for several years. ''We have been selling to them for about four years,'' Mr Greenham said. ''The South Koreans normally buy yearling beef, and we offer about six or seven cuts.'' He said the prime beef was processed at his company's Smithton abattoir. The products are processed using world's best practice HACCP Quality Assurance systems, incorporating modern food safety testing and strin- gent hygiene controls. The plant processes up to 420 cattle a day and employs about 180 people. The company processes more than 10,000 tonnes of beef annually and has a supplier catchment of about 3000 properties extending across Tasmania, including King Island. Mr Greenham said more opportun- ities exist with Lotte Mart. ''They have a lot of good Australian products, which creates the oppor- tunity for us to sell in more Tasmanian product,'' he said. Greenham is continuing to push its products into the tough Japanese market. ''The Japanese market is soft, with a lot of cheaper beef being sold there by other exporters,'' Mr Greenham said. This week Greenham jumped to lift sales in South Korea when Lotte Mart and the country's No. 2 supermarket chain, Home Plus, suspended sales of US beef after the discovery of mad cow disease in an American dairy cow. Home Plus and Lotte Mart tempor- arily halted sales of US beef to calm worries among South Koreans. Market leader E-Mart didn't pull US beef from its shelves. South Korea is the world's fourth- largest importer of US beef. Mr Greenham said US beef was being sold again. The new case of mad cow disease is the first in the US since 2006. It was discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said the animal was never a serious threat to the nation's food supply. The infected cow, the fourth ever discovered in the US, was found as part of an Agriculture Department surveil- lance program that tests about 40,000 cows a year for the fatal brain disease. South Korea first imposed an import ban on US beef in 2003 after mad cow disease was detected in a US cow, but the ban was lifted in 2008. Beef Trust row resolved: Page 11 Launceston Toyota's Primary producer bonus is available on All Hilux SR mode at Launceston Toyota. Come in today for a great deal! Primary Producer Bonus Contact Ian Meredith on 0419 899 629 Find us @ Agfest Site 446 & 448 Hilux SR5 Turbo Diesel 4x4 Manual SAVE $3000 $52,990 After Primary Producer BONUS PRICE NORMAL PRICE: $55,990 80 HOBART RD, KINGS MEADOWS NORTH STREET MAIN STREET FORTH AVENUE WE ARE HERE *Please ask for a Launceston Toyota representative
April 26th 2012
May 10th 2012