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TAS Country : June 7th 2012
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 8, 2012 The Stock Report Expertise in fertilisers is essential SAFETY: The fertiliser industry needs to adhere to its own regulatory system or face imposed regulations. ROGER HANSON THE fertiliser industry has been warned if could face mandatory regu- lations if it doesn't follow its own guidelines, including accreditation for workers. Fertiliser specialists have been ur- ged to do formal training and accredita- tion to meet community and environ- mental standards. Australian Fertiliser Services As- sociation (AFSA) president Wes Wheel- house says everyone working with fertilisers should know how to use the products in environmentally-friendly ways and be able give appropriate and accurate technical advice to farmers. Mr Wheelhouse will tell the upcom- ing Grassland Society of Southern Australia annual conference in Laun- ceston that if the industry doesn't follow its own regulatory system it will face imposed regulations. ''We need to make sure advice given to farmers is based on science and proven data, not just rely on what the manufacturers or salesperson say when they are trying to sell a product,'' he said. ''Fertiliser is quite heavily regulated in many overseas markets who want to make sure there isn't an overload of nutrients leeching into waterways. ''The association is being proactive in developing the training and ac- creditation program Fertcare to meet the industry's responsibilities for food safety and environmental protection.'' Fertcare is available to people in- volved in transporting, storing and spreading fertiliser, salespeople and advisers and agronomists. It is de- livered by registered training organis- ations. Mr Wheelhouse said demand for the accreditation program was gradually increasing and he hoped it would become accepted industry prac- tice. ''As society becomes more environ- mentally conscious and demand grows for food security, management of sur- face waters is the highest public policy issue facing the fertiliser industry,'' he said. Mr Wheelhouse's address at the three-day conference will also highlight the Accu-Spread program, which in- volves independent testing and ac- creditation of fertiliser spreading equipment for accuracy and evenness of spreading. He will also outline how best practice fertiliser application can improve pro- ductivity and profitability for farmers. The Grassland Society of Southern Australia has adopted the theme ''back to grassroots farming'' for its annual conference. The three-day conference at Launces- ton from July 25-27 will feature four tours of local farms, research plots and evaluation trials, along with work- shops covering topics such as grazing management principles, increasing pasture productivity, legumes and nu- trient budgeting. Conference details: GSSA office, 5433 5324, email office@grassland- s.org.au or www.grasslands.org.au. Woolies lifts baa on lamb WOOLWORTHS is looking for more Meat Standards Australia-accredited lamb as it tries to maintain its retail sales leadership with the product. The supermarket has de- nied changing its lamb buying policy, but its buyers have asked some stock agents in Victoria to tell farmers they must con- sign Meat Standards Australia-accredited lamb. At least two stock agents last month said they were told by Woolworths lamb buyers their clients' next load of lambs for over-the- hooks sale needed to be MSA-accredited. MSA is a beef and sheepmeat eating quality program using livestock management practices, processing systems, ageing periods and cooking methods to increase meat tenderness, juiciness and flavour. A Woolworths spokes- man said the company was working with lamb far- mers and the industry to implement MSA standards for lamb as more cus- tomers identified tender meat cuts. Meat and Livestock Australia's Red Meat Mar- ket Report retail and food service update in April said Woolworths-Safeway was the largest sales point for lamb, making up 35 per cent of retail volume. Canola blackleg spray given OK THE first foliar spray for canola blackleg in Aust- ralia has been granted approval by the peak chemical authority. The Australian Pe- sticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority last week approved Prosaro, made by Bayer, for use on canola as a foliar spray. Information from Bayer shows Prosaro can have an impact on stem canker, plant lodging and increas- ing yield. The spray needs to be applied at the four to six- leaf crop stage. Marcroft Grains Pathol- ogy research consultant Steve Marcroft said trials in 2010 and 2011 showed foliar fungicide following a seed dressing gave the best protection, although he warned the timing of the application was crucial. Lamb, ox sales up slightly Bridgewater THE first sale of the saw steady sales at Bridg- ewater this week, with the only change being a slight increase in the lamb and Jap ox market. There was a yarding of 300 cattle, 912 sheep and lambs, four pigs and a calf at the sale which was buffeted by a cool southe- rly. Ten bulls sold from 90c to135c, most 128c. Jap ox sold from 166c to 177c, most 173c and heavy trade steers fetched 178c to 183c. Trade and light trade cattle sold from 175c to 187c, most 178c. Heavy heifers sold from 135c to 140c and top cows 129c, medium weights 115c to 122c and lighter types 65c to 90c. There were 640 lambs penned and they topped at $100 with 12 vendors re- ceiving over $90 a head. Medium lambs went for $60 to $85 and light lambs $25 to $50.A light yarding of mutton sold to good compe- tion. Best ewes sold for $59, best wethers $61 and most sheep $40 to $45. Porkers sold from $150 to $160 and a week-old Here- ford Friesian heifer calf fetched $140 JAP OX: S Mundy, 173c-$1314; NE Crouch, 166c-$1190; Tas Wool Ent, 173c-$1150; RH Bowden, 176c-$1137; Lyndon Farm, 171c-$1128; G & H Welling, 171c-$1122; S Sutton, 177c-$1079; P & E Geard, 168c-$932; O Davies, 172c-$928. TRADE CATTLE: Tas Wool Ent, str, 183-$947; W & D Overton, str, 180c-$936; G Cowen, hfr, 177c-$955; P & M Hansen, str, 177c-$911, hfr, 184c-$750; Fenton For- est, str, 179c- $886, hfr, 177c-$787; P & E Geard, str, 175c-$910, hfr, 171c-$957; Booth & Davie, str, 170c-$782; Allambie Farm- ing, str, 175c-$761; Forest Lodge Ptrs, str, 183c-$750, hfr, 178c-$774; D & K Hugh- es, 185c-$712. COWS: PF Meahburn, 140c-$959; J Jacobson, 128c-$854;A&STarbarth, 124c-$776; B Gleeson, 124c-$771; W Downie F/T, 129c-$761; F & D Turnbull, 125c-$743; D Adams, 129c-$728. LAMBS: J & J Smith $100, DG Cornish $100, G & V Skeggs $99, AW Beven $95, AJMorgan$93,M&C Thomas $92, Nant Est $92, Torhill $92, CJ Barwick $91, SJ Ransley $91, PA Reardon $90, R Bresnehan $90. EWES: JK Mollineaux, w, $61; M Budd, e/w, $59; R Jacobson, e, $48; S Wooley, w, $46. 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.
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