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TAS Country : May 3rd 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, May 4, 2012 News Agfest Soggy start but Agfest spirits lift KAROLIN MacGREGOR WELL COVERED: Show patrons rugged up against the weather yesterday A WET start to the state's biggest rural event did little to dampen spirits yesterday when the gates to Agfest opened. Rain during the week made conditions on site a little tricky. Organisers worked through the night on Wednesday to ensure Quercus Rural Youth Park was ready for the thou- sands of patrons expected over the three-day event. Agfest operations man- ager Martin McConnon said they had contingency plans in place to deal with wet weather which had paid off. ''We we're up until 2am [yesterday morning] putt- ing extra gravel on roads and mulch in different spots,'' he said. ''We do have plans in place for conditions like this, so we've had special- ist machinery operators out there clearing drains and fixing up some of the roads so everything is ready.'' Yesterday was farmers' day at Agfest and chair- man Kylie Burns said the wet weather encouraged more producers to leave their properties and go to Agfest. ''Hopefully we might get some more farmers com- ing along because there's probably not much they can do at home on the farm, so they might decide come out to Agfest in- stead,'' she said. Organisers have this year embraced the Year of the Farmer theme and Ms Burns said they were us- ing it as a chance to get back to the organisation's grass roots in farming. ''We've expanded the ag demo area this year and worked with the machin- ery companies so farmers can come along and see some of the new equip- ment available in action,'' she said. ''It's also good from an educational point of view for people who aren't from a rural background, be- cause they can see how this equipment works, which is something they probably haven't experi- enced before.'' With weather conditions expected to improve today and tomorrow, Ms Burns said they were hopeful of good crowd numbers. ''We always say that rain hail or shine Agfest will go on and that goes for our Most beef producers know leptospirosis can damage the performance of their herd, but many forget it can also make people extremely ill as well. If you pick up lepto when handling cattle, you could be out of action for months with severe flu-like symptoms that often develop into an ongoing chronic fatigue like illness. Who would look after your property if that happened? Protect your herd, your family, employees and yourself. Vaccinate your cattle with Ultravac 7in1.* Protecting much more than cattle. *See product leaflet for details of administration and product claims. For more information talk to your Pfizer Cattle Product Specialist on 1800 335 374. Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114. ABN 50 008 422 348. Registered trademark of Pfizer. April 2012 AM596 PAL0628/TC. Browsing Animal Management Program FIELD DAY Controlling damage by wallabies and brushtail possums Thursday 10 May 2012, 10am to 3:30pm "Greenside", 181 Baxter s Rd, Pipers River • Quantify losses to your farm business • Plan an effective response • Build reliable, effective wallaby fences • Develop efficient shooting systems • View fencing displays (inc. footer fence) • Talk to specialists RSVP 8 May 2012. Mobile 0417 754 590 or email Jonathan.Knox@dpipwe.tas.gov.au Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
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