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TAS Country : May 31st 2012
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 1, 2012 News *2.9% comparison rate available to approved personal applicants & a 2.9% annual percentage rate is available to approved Bronze Fleet & Primary Producer applicants of Toyota Finance for the financing of Yaris YR hatch, Yaris YRS sedan, Corolla Ascent, Corolla Ascent Sport, RAV4 CV 4CYL and 2011 build new generation Camry Atara and Altise grades only. Excludes demos. Finance applications must be received and approved between 1/5/2012 and 30/6/2012 and vehicles registered and delivered by 30/6/2012 (subject to dealer stock availability). Maximum finance term of 48 months applies. Conditions, fees & charges apply. Comparison rate based on a 5 year secured consumer fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Toyota Finance is a division of Toyota Finance Australia Limited ABN 48 002 435 181, Australian Credit Licence 392536. Value offers on HiLux WorkMate 4x2 SCCC Petrol, Kluger KX-R range, HiAce LWB Van 2012 build applicable for private and ABN buyers on new vehicles purchased and delivered between 1 May and 30 June, 2012. For model applicability and other conditions go to toyota.com.au/ Australia s number one auto event must end June 30. So hurry in now for flexible low-rate finance on selected Yaris, Camry, RAV4 and Corolla models and exceptional end of financial year value on HiLux WorkMate 4x2 Petrol, Kluger KX-R and HiAce LWB Van. See your local Toyota dealer today. Toyota Means Business End of Financial Year Value on selected HiLux, Kluger and HiAce models. fi i Y V i K i A Hurry! Must end June 30. HiLux WorkMate 4x2 SCCC Petrol Free Air Conditioning and ELA Tray $170 Capped Price Servicing† Kluger KX-R range Free on-road costs $170 Capped Price Servicing† HiAce LWB Van 2012 build Diesel for the price of Petrol $170 Capped Price Servicing† Ashgrove becomes big cheese in dairy KAROLIN MacGREGOR RECOGNITION: Ashgrove Cheese general manager Richard Bennett. TASMANIAN business Ashgrove Cheese has proved it is the cream of the crop after beating some of the country's biggest dairy companies at the recent Dairy Industry Association of Australia awards. The family-owned business picked up accolades for the highest-scoring milk and for its Ashgrove Farm Light Milk. Ashgrove also won the award for the best semi-hard cheese for its Rubicon Red. Ashgrove general manager Ric- hard Bennett said winning awards at a national competition, especially in the highly competitive fresh milk category, was recognition of all the very hard work down by Ash- grove staff. ''It really is a team effort here and we're so focused on making our products and maintaining quality that it's nice when that work is been recognised,'' he said. Mr Bennett said customers often commented about the great flavour of Ashgrove milks. This was due to several factors. Unlike some milk from other com- panies, Mr Bennett said, its light milk did not have any permeates or milk powders added -- it was just plain natural milk, which had some of the fat removed. Because the Ashgrove factory is quite small, the milk does not have to be pumped as far as it does in larger factories. Mr Bennett said in most cases its milk was on shelves within 24 hours of being milked, so it was also very fresh. Ashgrove branched out into the fresh milk business in 2007, and since then the market for their milk has continued to grow. The family has a herd of about 1300 cows, which run on two properties near Elizabeth Town. Nowadays, between the fresh milk business and the cheese-making operation about 80 per cent of the Bennetts' quality milk is now value- added. As well as milk and cheese, there are several other products made by the team, including butter, cream and ice cream. The business outgrew its original processing facilities, so in 2010 work began on a major expansion at the factory. Production in the new factory building started a few months ago, and Mr Bennett said it had made some significant differences to efficiency, especially in fresh milk. ''In the old building we were constantly moving things around and trying to fit things in and we just didn't have enough space,'' he said. ''Now we've got everything set up in rooms that were built specifically for it, so that's made a big difference.'' Mr Bennett said Ashgrove now had the capacity to expand production in both fresh milk and cheese if demand increased. The winning Ashgrove Light Milk is the company's best-selling milk, followed by the full-fat milk, and then its green non-homogenised product. Mr Bennett said butter sales had also steadily increased. It has now added a new cultured butter to their range, which is also proving popular. The butter is made in small batch lots, which ensures it is top quality and that each batch is unique. In the factory most of the packing lines have been automated including the fresh milk, which Mr Bennett said had reduced the amount of physical labour involved. ''When we first started we were putting the lids on by hand, so after the first day you'd have no skin left . . . this is much better,'' he said. The new factory has also allowed a major increase in the amount of storage room available, especially for cheese. Mr Bennett said some of Ash- grove's cheddars had to age for up to 2½ years, so having adequate storage space was vital. Ashgrove cheeses are sold in major supermarket chains and independent outlets across the country, and Mr Bennett said the company was also
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