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TAS Country : January 10th 2013
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 11, 2013 News Controlled burn-off saves farm ROGER HANSON DESTROYED: This woolshed at Carlton River took the brunt of the Forcett fire. Right, the shed minutes before being destroyed. Pictures: RICHARD JUPE A CONTROLLED burn-off towards the end of last year saved a Forcett farm. Sixth-generation farmer Brad Grat- tidge, who has three farms in the Forcett area, said a controlled burn-off of 160ha a couple of months ago saved his property, Rayburn. ''We had approval from Tas Fire to do the burn-off and it cut off the bushfire before it got to us,'' Mr Grat- tidge said. ''It saved us. We only lost a few fences -- we were lucky.'' He has turned his hand to helping other farmers who copped the full blast. ''I have a 4000-litre tank on a truck with pump gear and that has been out helping fight the fires,'' he said. ''For a few days we have been in the thick of things. It was pretty full-on.'' Mr Grattidge has been loading up hay bales for a truck convoy taking feed stock and food to Dunalley. With true community spirit, he said ''you chip in to help when you can''. The state's peak farming organis- ation, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA), has of- fered support to farmers who were suffering stock and feed losses or whose livestock were burned in the bushfires. ''It is too early to quantify the losses but we know they will be consider- able,'' TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said. ''Stock losses are of course devas- tating, but farmers also need to be able to deal with injured animals quickly and humanely.'' Other fires around the state causing concern are in the North-West, East Coast near Bicheno and Upper Der- went Valley. The North-West was under attack from the Montumana fire front with Crayfish Creek to Sisters Beach threatened. In the Upper Derwent Valley, the Lake Repulse fire that has destroyed 16,000ha of bush near the town of Ellendale was still uncontrolled. The Department of Primary Indus- tries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) website is an excellent resource for information to assist with the follow-up work that is required after bushfires. Visit dpiw.tas.gov.au for information on how to deal with animals injured because of the bushfire. The department is available to assist farmers with assessment of burnt livestock and to provide assistance to To Page 6 ONE OF OUR WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. Phone: 13 10 80. ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1493/TC NSW Permit No. LTPS/12/10341, ACT Permint No. TP12/4695, SA Permit No. T12/2426. When we wanted to improve our website, we turned to the experts -- our customers. Based on the feedback of 400 farmers, we then created an innovative, updated Waratah site with easy-to-use information and straightforward solutions to all your fencing needs. Now you have the chance to WIN prizes, just for updating your login details, or if you register for the first time. You ll have exclusive access to: -- Detailed product information and specifications, -- Pricing information, hints & tips -- A library of even more how-to videos And that s just the start. Over the coming months we ll be introducing even more innovative features and tools. REGISTER OR UPDATE NOW So visit onesteelwaratah.com.au and see innovation at work.
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