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TAS Country : May 31st 2012
16 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 1, 2012 Your Say Turn spuds into vodka McCAIN'S decision to abandon collective bargaining with potato farmers has once again high- lighted the need for Tasmanian growers to break away from the reliance on vegetable processors as a market for their crops. Why don't some of these growers form a co-operative and instead of selling potatoes as a cheap bulk commodity value-add by turning their produce into vodka? A distillery would provide off- farm jobs and could be turned into a tourist attraction. This would vastly improve the return for the growers, provide security for the future and help Tasmania to be- come more self sufficient. ESTELLE ROSS, Riverside Ideas may well damage industry ALERT: Be wary of the push for a Greens' Product of Tasmanian brand. IT makes interesting reading where the leader of the Greens, Nick McKim states the Greens will push for a Product of Tasmania brand. While I absolutely agree with a Product of Tasmania brand, I ask do they realise the task they have taken on and do they realise the enormous damage that the Greens have done to the Tasmanian brand with their trash- ing of the Forest Industry brand ? Do they really think the damage they have done to the image of the Tasmania brand in Forestry over the past few years will not transfer across to all other Tasmanian products? Farmers should be very careful in any dealings with the Greens, because there will probably be a hidden agenda in all this proposed goodwill to the farming community. Even in this article in Tasmanian Country (May 25), they are pushing for abolishing all caged birds' eggs, but they are also pushing for a cap on hen stock production; where will this lead to? I understand there is a severe egg shortage in the European Union after caged birds were abolished in that area. There needs to be a gradual phasing out over a period of time so as not to impact too heavily on egg production. The Greens are also pushing to bring forward the state sow stall ban before other states have moved on this con- cept, which will impose unwanted pressure on our state producers. I also believe the Greens with other activists will move on cattle feed lots and then progress to our very intense dairy industry. So, I say, be very careful with any proposal of friendship with the Greens, because past history tells us so. Remember, the best indicator of future performance is past perform- ance and over the past many years, the Greens' performance has not helped the farmers in any way; in fact their actions in many ways has been detri- mental to our farming activities. I have been a dairy farmer all my working life and I have experienced the negativity of the Greens in our farming communities over many issues. LIONEL BONDE Turners Beach Health. Performance. Growth. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde NSW 2114 *Registered trademarks. Registered trademark of Pfizer. PAL0541/TC References: 1. Based on worm egg counts and larval differentiation conducted 2001-2011. Pfizer data of file. 2. Kloosterman A, GAA Albers, R Van den brink. Negative interactions between Ostertagia oster tagi and Cooperia oncophora in calves. Vet Parasitol 1984; 15: 135--150. Superior performance against the parasites that count. From over 43,000 dung tests conducted across Australia, we know the worms in your area are Ostertagia spp, Trichostrongylus spp and Cooperia spp1. In fact, they make up to 97%1 of the worm infestation in Tasmania. Individually these worms harm your cattle s performance. However, when they join forces they can seriously damage your operation which can result in reduced weight gain and ill-thrift.2 Are you using the right drench? For superior performance against the parasites that count, use Dectomax Pour-on. For more information call your Professional Sales Representative on 1800 814 883 or visit www.dectomax.com.au Dectomax kills the worms that count in Tasmania MAIN WORMS IN YOUR AREA DECTOMAX POUR-ON CYDECTIN* POUR-ON EPRINEX* POUR-ON Cooperia spp. (Small intestinal worm) 35 days NO CLAIM 28 days Cooperia oncophora (Small intestinal worm) 21 days NO CLAIM 28 days Ostertagia ostertagi (Small brown stomach worm) 35 days 42 days 28 days Trichostrongylus spp. (Stomach hair worm) 35 days 28 days 21 days days of persistent activity
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