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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012 Tasmanian Country 11 News Hereford advantage BRIAN CLANCY Proven formula THERE is a $30 per calf advantage in black baldy calves sired by Hereford bulls, according to Craig Huffhines, chief exec- utive of the American Hereford Association. It's a message Mr Huff- hines delivered to Here- ford breeders at their national show and sale in Wodonga last week. In a study using 600 Angus or Angus-cross cows belonging to California rancher and lotfeeder Harris Ranch Beef Company, the progeny of 15 high- performance Hereford sires were compared to 15 equivalent An- gus sires. Mr Huffhines said the heterosis effect, or hybrid vigour, in the black baldies gave a $30 advantage over the Angus. He said the black baldy heifers pro- duced a 7 per cent lift in fertility, equivalent to $51 a cow. Like in Australia, where the whiteface breed takes second place behind the more prolific Angus, Mr Huffhines said 22 mil- lion of the 32 million beef cow herd were either Angus or Angus-cross with a black hide. ''That's why we see an opportunity in the black cattle,'' he said. Mr Huffhines said Hereford breeders had to fulfil various conditions to win market share in the feedlot steer market. These included the need to use technology and performance recording to make genetic improve- ment, predictability and efficiency. Breeders also had to produce animals that were sound and func- tional problem free, with good dispositions. Part of Mr Huffhines' formula for problem-free cattle included an empha- sis on calving ease, achieved by selecting bulls with lower birth- weight breeding values. He said it was disap- pointing that 30 per cent of bulls catalogued at the national sale were be- low breed average in their index. ''That's why the breed will struggle to win mar- ket share,'' he said. ''Yes, we have bulls (in the US) which have below average figures, but we don't propagate from them.'' Weekly Times vive and keep the industry sustainable from an en- vironmental perspective.'' Mr Craigie said many oth- er businesses relied on a healthy Tasmanian veg- etable industry. ''The vegetable industry is very important to the Tasmanian economy and it's a very long tail that hangs off our processed vegetable industry here, there are a lot of people relying on it for their liveli- hood,'' he said. Simplot Australia execu- tive general manager Gra- ham Dugdale said many consumers now clearly preferred to buy Australian-grown veg- etables. ''While other frozen veg- etable suppliers have moved their sourcing and manufacturing off shore, Simplot Australia has con- tinued to invest in relation- ships with the Australian farming community and factory capability and is now the last remaining frozen vegetable manufac- turer in Australia,'' Mr Dugdale said. Sustainable Soils Field Day - Learning from early adopters Tuesday 22 May 2012 Bothwell Town Hall Wednesday 23 May 2012 Dairy Plains Hall 9.15am - 3.30pm Come along to these workshops to learn more about: • The relationship between soil carbon and soil nitrogen (David Rowlings QUT) • The Soil Quality program - what's been learnt nationally and how Tassie farmers can use it to better manage their soils (Dan Murphy & Andrew Wherrett) • The Making Good Better project and NRM North soil carbon trials - what has been learnt? • The day will include farm tours and practical sessions on assessing soil using soil quality indicators 2024324-120511 Morning tea & lunch provided For more information or to RSVP, please contact Leanne Sherriff, Macquarie Franklin, by Monday 21 May Phone: 0429 329 349. Email: email@example.com *For Terms & Conditions refer to www.onesteelcyclone.com.au Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited ABN 59 000 010 873. Ingall St, Mayfield NSW 2304. 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John Poggioli from Netafim will talk about system design and operation and Liz Mann will speak on her extensive experience with buried drip in the processing tomato industry in Victoria. After lunch (provided) we will inspect the Somercotes cherry orchard and hear from John and from orchardist Sam Riggall about drip irrigation in perennial plantings. The issues include: • Why use drip? • Risks involved • Designing your system • Managing your system RSVP by 14 May (for provided lunch) to Lyndal Oppermann ph 6336 5238 Lyndal.Oppermann@utas.edu.au 2005167-120504 Wealth from Water
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