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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News Milk price hike hailed by farmers ROGER HANSON MARK SMITH TASMANIAN dairy farmers received a shot of good news on Tuesday when Fonterra Australia increased its farmg- ate prices. Fonterra will be lifting its farmgate milk price for its Tasmanian and Victorian farmer suppliers by 8c/kg butter fat and 20c/kg protein or 13c/kg for milk solids, which brings the average price to $5.30 per kilogram. DairyTas chief Mark Smith said the increase was in line with main proces- sors in Victoria. ''The step up is good news for dairy farmers, and is close to expectations,'' Mr Smith said. ''Overall, it's been a good season, with average volume quantity increas- ing by 10 per cent, so the price increase will benefit farmers.'' He said another review would be completed in coming weeks, towards the end of the financial year. ''Although demand is firm, the final price increase may not have much in it,'' Mr Smith said. ''We are not too optimistic because of the current environment with the higher currency and reductions in international dairy commodity prices.'' DairyAustralia will release its situ- ation and outlook for the coming year on Wednesday. ''We expect a small lowering of the farmgate milk price for the 2012-13 season driven by softening of commodity prices and other countries increasing milk production to push up inter- national supply of milk,'' Mr Smith said. Fonterra Australia's general man- ager for milk supply, Heather Stacy, said the company was pleased to deliver the increase de- spite the cur- rent market environ- ment. ''We want to ensure suppliers can get their preparations for next season under way as early as possible, so we are fast- tracking the payment of this price increase to ensure our suppliers can access cash as quickly as possible,'' she said. ''Our focus is now very much on the final few weeks of the season. ''Demand remains firm from our customers, so our priorities are to keep managing our costs, deliver firmly on our sales schedule and ensure a tight shipping program for the rest of the season.'' Ms Stacy said Fonterra was in the budgeting processes for the 2012-13 season. ''We are of course concerned by the softening in commodity prices and we will be discussing our outlook for next season with suppliers in the coming weeks,'' she said. The latest price increase applies to all current Fonterra suppliers and will be backdated to July 1 last year. THRILLED: Bert Campbell Memorial Scholarship winner Samantha Cables after last week's presentation. Boost for career in agriculture KAROLIN MacGREGOR SAMANTHA Cables knew from a young age that she wanted a career in agriculture, and now that long-time dream has been given a major boost. Last week Ms Cables was awarded the $2000 Bert Campbell Memorial Scholarship, which was officially announced at Agfest. The scholarship is funded by Agricultural Contractors Tasmania, of which the late Bert Campbell was a founding member. Each year the scholarship is awarded to a student in their fourth year of Bachelor of Agriculture studies at the University of Tasmania. Ms Cables grew up on her family's mixed farming property at Sheffield and said she had always enjoyed being involved with agriculture. ''I grew up on the farm and always liked that lifestyle and being outside,'' she said. ''I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do in agriculture when I first started, but the more I've studied the more interested I've become in the vegetable industry.'' Ms Cables spent time during her school holidays working with vegetable processing company Simplot to get a better understanding of how the industry worked. Now she is in the process of undertaking honours studies through a project looking at the uniformity and maturity of cauliflower varieties at harvest. Ms Cables said she was thrilled to win the scholarship, which would help her to cover some of the costs involved with travelling to complete her honours work. The project also means she must spend quite a lot of time out in paddocks harvesting cauliflowers, which she enjoys. ''I will have to do 30 different harvests throughout the project, so that's a fair bit of time out in the paddocks,'' Ms Cables said. ''That's one of the things I like about it though, being outside, although I think it'll be cold and wet.'' She said that once she completed her studies, she was keen to get into the field research side of the vegetable industry. Limited numbers ... don t miss out! 26 Trevor St ULVERSTONE TAS 7315 Phone: 03 6425 7191 Jim Rhodes 0407 887 859 or Anthony Maynard 0417 527 243 www.tasmania.claashc.com.au Talk to us about these post AgFeast specials or other requirements for special pre season deals on all Claas Equipment. Tailor made finance packages available. CLAAS Disco 3450 8 Disc Mower $13,530 Inc GST CLAAS Liner 2600 Twin Rotor Rake $23,650 Inc GST 2028877-120511 www.claasharvestcentre.com.au Post Agfest Special
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