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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report Feed them for MSA Prompt payment always at Greenham. 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au Nick Strickland Central/NW 6433 3230 0417 335 843 Daryl Heazlewood Central/NW 0419 131 458 Ian Millen Central East/NE 6344 8915 0408 133 685 Grant Lethborg North East 0417 633 486 Ron Crack King Island 0400 895 133 Graeme Pretty Circular Head 0418 505 347 Cade Ebdon Statewide 0409 437 950 Wayne Oliver Statewide 6362 3682 0419 358 441 RGM/GRT35796 Cattle need more feed to maintain energy levels in cold weather. Otherwise there s an increased risk of dark cutting which means lower MSA grades and reduced prices. So keep the feed up to your cattle in cold weather to get the best returns. Some friendly advice to help the Tasmanian beef industry. PRICES SHORN: Most skins are worth less than $9; short skins have no commercial value. Little value in sheep skins THERE were mixed fortunes for pro- ducers at this week's Bridgewater market. Trade cattle prices held steady, while cow and lamb prices slipped. Skins were the biggest talking point at the sale and not for the betterment of producers. Most lamb skins have a value of $2 to $4, down from $10 to $14 a week ago and sheep skins went for $2 to $9, with a good number under 2.5cm having no commer- cial value. There was a yarding of 137 cattle, 1038 sheep and lambs, 11 pigs and four calves at the market. Cows prices were down 5c/kg while the 657 lambs offered sold to lower prices, averaging $69. The 381 sheep sold from $18 to $51, most $30 to $40. The lighter yarding of cattle were of very good quality with a good selection of all weights and grades. Jap ox were the high- light, with the top price being 172c/kg or $1363. Trade cattle sold from 175c to 187c, most 180c and cows topped at 139c, most 135c. Lambs were very mixed in quality with most being light- weight. Top price was $105, most trade and heavy lambs sold from $70 to $90, medium $50 to $60 and light $40 to $50. Feature sales: CATTLE: BJ Kingshott, Jap ox, 172c-$1363; RD Machin, Jap ox, 176c-$1020; HM Coad, Jap ox, 180c-$990; Two Metre Tall Co, str,181c-$941; AM Simmons, hfr,174c-$930; A Oates, hfr, 175c-$927; R & M Coad, str,186c- $925; SL Fletcher, strs, 183c-$890, hfrs, 175c-$748; Diverse Fishing, str, 180c-$855; BJ Hannan, hfr, 180c-$823; R McMullen, str, 182c-$805, hfr, 185c-$749; AA Dix- on, 185c-$786; JE Bannister, hfr, 179c-$779; RM Hills, str, 185c-$777; G & V Baldwin, str/vlr, 185c-$758, hfr/vlr 180c-$684; Est. GS Scott, str/vlr, 187c-$719. COWS: JE Bannister, hfrs, 147c-$999, c, 135c-$930; Zantuck Trust, 139c-$884; NJ Tomlin, 131c-$722; W & K Blackburn, 128c-$793; G & V Baldwin, 130c-$760. LAMBS: CA Roberts $106, D & D Tapp $100, Forest Lodge Est. $94,S&KQuinn $91, D Allen $88, Cooltrans $88,L&C Byers $85, B Duggan $85, CM Palfreyman-$85. MUTTON: A Harper -$51,J&JNichols $51, JP Armstrong $47, A & C Scott $45, D Palmer -$39, CH Allanby & Son $39. Shouldering the cost for community CHEWS theFAT David Byard FARMERS are more than just pro- viders of food and fibre. Yes, farmers get paid for the produce they grow -- and not enough in most cases -- but it is the plethora of other services, benefits and costs farmers pay, deliver and shoulder on behalf of the community that is not widely understood. These extra benefits are delivered free with little or no understanding or appreciation of the financial and social burden farmers carry on behalf of the community. I have written about the benefits farmers provide on farm before: issues like providing havens for wildlife, managing and protecting bush, providing clean water, seques- tering tonnes of carbon dioxide, altering or having farming practices reduced to please the community, providing scenic vistas -- and the list goes on and on. The common thread here is far- mers are paying dearly for these benefits the community demands. There are other costs farmers are shouldering that also have a huge cost -- the issues of red tape at three levels of government and the dupli- cation of laws and regulations. Then there's the compliance for reporting, be it filling out agricul- tural census forms, NLIS forms when we sell livestock, permit appli- cations and quality assurance forms that promise the world and deliver little. There are also a range of laws and forms that cross over different governments trying to do the same thing; the only consistency here is there is no consistency and it costs farmers to comply. And there is more -- farmers also spend huge amounts of time and resources on advocacy, a main role for organisations such as TFGA. However, again farmers shoulder the burden. Take the members of the Tamar Valley branch of the TFGA, who have been meeting monthly for more than 30 years, to talk and hopefully resolve issues that are having a negative impact on their livelihood. Issues that have been discussed at recent meetings are red tape at local and state government level, unfair rate rises, local government plan- ning issues that restrict farming practices, issues with water quality, browsing animals and fire permits, restrictions on land use, dam build- ing and new spray regulations. Last week I spoke with Dr Jacky Williams who is with the AgLaw Centre based at the University of New England in New South Wales -- a research centre with a focus on developing policies and strategies to improve rural sustainability and social justice. Dr Williams has a history in Tasmania -- she was a past execu- tive officer of Tamar Natural Resource Management, a com- munity-based group that covers the municipal areas of Launceston, George Town and West Tamar. It is a welcome change to have a researcher who understands not only the area and farmer's needs, wants and frustrations, but also someone who was a past farmer who still lives in a rural area. Dr Williams and the Ag Law Centre are undertaking research on, as she puts it, ''the next-generation rural landscape governance for Aust- ralia, with the Tamar region one of three national case studies''. ''The research proposes reforms to improve the sustainability perform- ance of farming, including conser- vation outcomes, reduce the costs of achieving this and ensure that the costs and benefits are distributed fairly,'' she says. I was at first confused with a range of words that she uses, like trans- action costs, governance, landscape and institutional impediments. However, after getting translated into my own language, what Dr Williams and her team will be doing is researching all the issues around what farmers provide to the com- munity, be it their time or services. They will be documented and a dollar value put to them. This is fantastic. It will allow farmers to set a price on all these services. Two organisations helping with all this are Tamar NRM and Tasmanian Regional Development. Dr Williams recently met Tamar Valley TFGA members to discuss the development of a survey to measure the transaction costs of the current natural resource governance ar- rangements that apply to farmers on the ground, and also to quantify the ecosystem services that the Tamar Valley farmers are contributing to the community. A workshop to discuss and further develop the survey will be held on Tuesday July 17 in Launceston. Coupled with this work, a workshop will be held on July 16 to determine what financial and social costs there are to farming in the broader politi- cal landscape. Let's hope this will give farmers the information that will allow them to demonstrate to the community accurately what services and costs farmers are bearing on the com- munity's behalf. The next step will be to see which of those costs or complexities the community is willing to forgo. I think I know the answer already!
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