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TAS Country : January 3rd 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013 Tasmanian Country 5 News Devils step back from brink of extinction From Page 3 employees, zookeepers, medical researchers, zoologists and volunteers, is able to declare that the devil is unlikely to go the way of the thylacine. Participants are not saying that the devil has been saved. The disease has killed as many as 95 per cent of devils living in the areas it has reached. The program's key thrust has been to capture and breed healthy devils to build insurance populations in case wild populations die out. Targets have been exceeded -- numbers climbed past 500 late last year. The devils, locked away from danger in zoos and larger free-range enclos- ures are healthy and have broad genetic diversity. If the worst comes to the worst, those devils could be released in the next 30 or 50 years in an effort to re-populate the state. Save the Tasmanian Devil Program director Howel Williams said the next big question was what would happen to the species' wild population. Insurance devils will not be allowed out until disease-affected wild devils are extinct or an effective vaccine has been rolled out. When the program was established in 2004, the prognosis was that devils would vanish from local areas 10 to 15 years after the disease arrived. Long-term focus on vegetables From Page 3 ''Coming from the North West, it is expensive doing university in Hobart, however, the scholarship from Agricul- tural Contractors of Tasmania cer- tainly helped me complete my honours year,'' Ms Cable said. She will start a graduate program with Simplot in Devonport this month before heading to Bathurst for four months to learn about corn production. Her honours project was on the uniformity and immaturity of cauli- flower varieties. ''In the long term I want to focus on vegetables, so being in Tasmania is part of that plan,'' she said. Ms Cables was awarded the Bert Campbell scholarship at Agfest earlier this year. ''The $2000 scholarship was invalu- able to completing my honours year.'' The late Bert Campbell was a driving force in establishing Agricultural Con- tractors of Tasmania in the early 1970s and was keen to promote agriculture as a worthwhile career for young people. The scholarship started in 2008 and all the past recipients have gone on to agricultural careers. ACTI chairman Doug French, from Whitemore, who was at the graduation, said the scholarship was awarded to agricultural science students who have exceptional motivation and enthusi- asm in their chosen field. ''Samantha certainly ticked all the boxes for the scholarship criteria.'' CATCH UP: Olivia Barnard, Ellie Howe, Maryann Smink, Kristy Evans and Jess Revell at the Longford races Huge crowd enjoy race day KAROLIN MacGREGOR THOUSANDS of people flocked to this week's Longford Cup, giving organisers plenty to smile about. One of the biggest crowds in years turned out for the New Year's Day country race meeting, with 4500 people going through the gates. The popularity of rural races seems to be on the rise with many punters preferring the laidback atmosphere of country race meets. Longford Cup regular Rhiannon Carr, who lives at Carrick, said she loved the atmosphere. ''It's just a really good day here,'' she said. ''It's quite relaxed and it's just a nice place to come along and catch up with friends.'' Rebekah Tyler, who moved from interstate two years ago and now lives at Deloraine, said she thoroughly enjoyed her second visit to the cup this week. ''I've only been a couple of times, but it's great fun,'' she said. Longford local Mitchell Pulford and his friend Aiden Eyles were hard to miss in their bright green and orange suits. ''We're having a really good day,'' Mr Pulford said. ''I'm a local so I thought I'd come along this year. It's a good day to just have a few beers with your friends and talk to people you might not have seen for a while.'' The day's feature race this year was the Elders Jim Osborne Longford Cup, which was held in memory of long-time race supporter Mr Osborne. Mr Osborne died in April last year just three days before his 94th birthday. Mr Osborne rarely missed the Longford races and when the main grandstand was burnt down several years ago he was instrumental in getting it rebuilt. The Longford Cup this year was won by the George Blacker-trained eight- year-old gelding Omega Quest. Great cars, Great prices. 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 www.hobartgreatwall.com.au 37-- 41 St John Street, Launceston Phone: 6334 8444 $24,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $22,990. Drive away. $28,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $17,990. Drive away. X200 AWD Turbo Diesel V240 4X2 Petrol SINGLE CAB V200 4X4 Turbo Diesel SINGLE CAB V200 4X2 Turbo Diesel DUAL CAB i AU TOMATIC Automatic Turbo Diesel now available LMCT 3379
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