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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012 Tasmanian Country 23 News Climate talks top the menu KAROLIN MacGREGOR ABOUT 30 agribusiness representatives from across the state gathered in Launceston recently for a Carbon Farming Initiative dinner. The event focused on the latest results from the Southern Livestock Adap- tation 2030 project. Presentations at the din- ner covered a wide range of topics, including in- novative ways Tasmanian producers can adapt to climate change based on trial outcomes from across the state. Participants were also given updates on research findings from over the past three years. Julie Gaglia, from the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, said the research was not just about long-term changes in climate, but also could help prepare farmers and agronomists for the climate variability being experienced now. ''There is a lot of re- search being done in Tas- mania, and on a national scale, to help manage changes in climate while at the same time maintaining sustainability, product- ivity and profitability,'' she said. Peter Ball, from the Tas- manian Institute of Agri- culture, said climate fore- casts for 2030 were broadly positive for the state's key livestock industries. ''Current best-practice management approaches will still be relevant and necessary, while opportun- ities may be presented by improved total pasture growth,'' he said. The keynote speaker at the dinner was Mick Keogh from the Australian Farm Institute. He spoke about the Carbon Farming Initiative and its impli- cations for Tasmanian producers. Day of celebration for North East farmers KAROLIN MacGREGOR YEAR OF THE FARMER 2012 FARMERS and their famil- ies in Tasmania's North East are being invited to celebrate the Year of The Farmer at a social gather- ing next week. On June 29, farmers from across the district will gather at the Kananga homestead at Waterhouse for Farmfest. The event is being host- ed by property owners Ro- ger Bignell and Alison Jones and is being organ- ised by Dorset Primary Health in conjunction with Fonterra, North East Lions and the Tasmanian Far- mers and Graziers Associ- ation. Dorset primary health care coordinator Gretchen Long said it was a signifi- cant health and farming initiative. ''The Year of The Far- mers celebrates the contri- bution of everyone in- volved in farming and reminds us that our far- mers are a large part of the social and economic fabric of rural and regional Tas- mania,'' Ms Long said. ''Farmers are essential to sustaining our way of living and our economy.'' Farmfest will feature produce from the North East region as well as musical entertainment. The event will also focus on promoting the import- ance of social inclusion activities to health and well being. ''Creating supportive en- vironments which pro- mote social interaction is an essential part of strengthening rural co- hesion,'' Ms Long said. Buses will be provided to transport those taking part, leaving from both Winnaleah and Scottsdale, with collection points along the way. Registration for the event is essential by June 25 and places are limited. To make a booking con- tact Cheryl McCartie on 6353 2401, Leon Quilliam on 0409 542 172, Craig Steel on 0409 542 144 or Gretchen Long on 6352 5549. MLA looks for drug castration solution BRIAN CLANCY RESEARCH: Branding is also in the MLA's spotlight. ALTERNATIVES to surgi- cal castration of calves and lambs head the list of animal welfare research being funded by Meat and Livestock Australia. MLA program manager of animal welfare, Dr Jim Rothwell, said the current research was focused on the northern cattle indus- try using similar drugs which were currently available in the pig indus- try to reduce or prevent boar taint. Dr Rothwell said in northern Australia where cattle might be mustered only twice a year it was important the industry ad- dress public concerns of surgical castration, dehorning, and branding. ''The reality is people have an aversion to those practices where there is blood,'' he said. Two months ago, MLA approved four strategic pil- lars underpinning future research to address animal welfare concerns. These included: Developing replace- ments to existing practices for surgical castration, tail docking, dehorning, brand- ing and ear notching Reducing on-farm mortality due to exposure and predators. Increase uptake of welfare best practice. Minimise the pain of averse procedures. Dr Rothwell said the ultimate aim was to ad- dress public perceptions relating to animal welfare, and to develop practices which were better for the animal without reducing productivity. In regard to finding a replacement for castration in sheep, Dr Rothwell said one of the immediate priorities was to investi- gate whether prime lambs could be left unmarked but processed before they rea- ched puberty without af- fecting eating quality and taste. He said part of the re- search would also include the use of a pre-operative analgesic. Dr Rothwell said much of the strategic research was an attempt to address animal welfare percep- tions as highlighted in a 2008 survey done by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. This survey of 1000 peo- ple categorised people into one of six groups. It found that 16 per cent of respondents were ''doubly'' concerned about current farm practices, while 9 per cent were concerned about environ- mental issues and 7 per cent were concerned about animal welfare practices. The remaining 68 per cent were either support- ive (18 per cent), contented (32 per cent) or disengaged (18 per cent). Co-author of the survey, Dr Roger Wilkinson of DPI's farm services branch said the first three groups could be listed as ''con- cerned''. ''They valued animal welfare or the environ- ment highly, but had a low trust in farmers to manage these issues without being forced to do so,'' Dr Wilkin- son said. For Sale 800 1st cross and crossbred dairy heifers to pick from PTIC August with vendor terms available 55 Crossbred dairy heifers calving Aug reduced to sell 65 Crossbred 8-12 mth heifers well bred 45 Jersey heifers 6 mth 10 Friesian bulls 18 mth - 2.5yo 15 Jersey bulls 18 mth - 2yo 6 Murray Grey cows and calves (3-4 mth) 2 Murray Grey bulls well bred stud or com. 18mth and 3yo Ph. Bernard Atkins 0417 593 158 200 Friesian and FsnX cows in milk due mid Feb on to AI and Friesian bulls 100 Empty Friesian, Jersey and FsnX cows in milk 40 Empty Autumn calved Friesian, Jersey and FsnX cows in milk Qty Beef cows due now on Ph. Peter Collins 0427 547 145 Complete Herd Dispersal 330 Dairy cows AI to Friesian bulls due from end Sept 90 Autumn cows remated to Friesian bull 30 Friesian heifers calving from mid July, top line Ph. Tony Wootton 0407 823 142 Wanted to Buy Friesian and FriesianX cows calving July to Oct Tasmania Your Dairy Specialist Team Bernard Atkins .............................. 0417 593 158 Peter Collins ................................. 0427 547 145 Tony Wootton ...............................0407 823 142 Anthony McDougall ....................0423 929 557 Adam Crawford .......................... 0400 550 412 (North West) Manager (North West ) (North)(North East) (South) www.vicstock.com.au 2012969-120622 Phone your local Vicstock Agent first 2005190-120622 FOR SALE A/c Barton Pastoral, Campbell Town Barton Pastoral are selling 15 annual aged Angus cows 9 -10 yrs old on Roberts AuctionsPlus Sale Friday 29th June 2012 at 9am. These Cows are PTIC to calve from 25 July for 8 weeks. Cows are Rosedale blood lines & in calf to Rosedale bulls. Cows are large frame & with quiet temperament. Their calves are always in the highest price bracket for their age at the Powranna Calf Sales. Enquiries: Ian Richards 03 6327 3229 or 0458 130 596 or Nick Towns 0419 373 602
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