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TAS Country : January 17th 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013 Tasmanian Country 5 Your Say Tractors on a roll to raise bushfire funds ROGER HANSON Kyle Robinson FINE pieces of farm ma- chinery will rattle and roll the length and breadth of Tasmania in two tractor runs next month to raise funds for the TFGA Bush- fire Appeal. One starts at Roberts Smithton on Friday, February 1, and a vintage and historic tractor run will start at Quamby Brook at Deloraine on Saturday February 16. Rural Youth Tasmania property management chairman Kyle Robinson and some mates will drive six tractors and support vehicles from Smithton, finishing at Roberts Hobart. The drive will stop at most major towns on the way until it reaches Hobart on Monday Febru- ary 4. Contact Mr Robin- son on 0448 572 288. Meanwhile, Smithton beef farmer Lex Laing (0427 522 974) is also gather- ing the troops to unwrap and roll out vintage and historic tractors for a run through Central Tasmania to help fellow farmers. ''We will have local peo- ple showing their restored tractors, and we welcome others to join in the fun,'' Mr Laing said. The convoy will return to Quamby Brook on February 20. Mr Laing is unveiling his restored Australian- made 1962 Chamberlain. The piece of Australian tractor history stopped being made in the 1970s when the company was bought out by John Deere. On the first day the convoy will head to Ross, next day to Mt Morrison Estate, the Woodsdale Mu- seum and Mt Seymour vintage tractor collection. After overnighting at Oat- lands it will go across to Ian Jones at Bow Hill through to Bothwell and the Nant Distillery. Next day to the Hermitage prop- erty and Waddamana, with an overnight stay at Great Lake, then back to Quamby Brook. News FARMERS' FIRE RELIEF HOTLINE 1800 154 111 Farming in safe hands YOUR correspondent Bill Chugg, of Campbell Town, (Tasmanian Country Let- ters, January 5) advises Tasmanian farmers to give up, give the game away, and not to invest in irri- gation because, he claims, we are inefficient in a globalised market. In the next breath, he says we should invest in food-processing plants instead. What's the point, if we have given away produc- ing food? Unlike Mr Chugg, we don't throw our hands up intheairandsayitisall too difficult. We continue to plan and to build for the future. We may not know the crops we may be growing in 10 or 20 years time, but we do know there will be no better place on earth to grow them. Tasmanian farmers are not shrinking violets. They invest at the rate of $5 of their own money to each $1 of public money in agricul- tural infrastructure, be- cause they see the future possibilities. Our farmers are among the most efficient in the world by any measure, including social, economic and environmental out- comes --- and they are heartily sick of non- farmers telling them how to run their businesses and their association. Jan Davis, chief executive TFGA 002835-PROP TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania The security of our Poppy Industry is vital. Report any suspicious activity in or near your poppy crop immediately. 2036763-130104 Dam Proposals State-wide • Site Comparisons • Water Licensing • Feasibility assessments • Getting your dam to permit stage • Holding dams for TI water • Determining required storage capacity Contact: Astrid Ketelaar 6334-1033 / 0407-872 743 astrid@AKConsultants.com.au For our other services see www.akconsultants.com.au P: +61 (03) 9368 8888 W: ww w.pfgaustralia.com NEW MODEL LX450 COMPACT TRACTOR • 31.2hp, 4WD • 2 range hydrostatic transmission • Electro-hydraulic PTO • Cruise control STANDARD FEATURES • 45.3hp, 4WD • Powershuttle with full syncro gear • Power steering • Electro hydraulic independent PTO STANDARD FEATURES Fitted with optional loader attachment & mid mount mower 1800 171 404 | www.yanmartractors.com.au 1500 6.95% JAPANESE YANMAR FINANCE P.A. *Finance terms and conditions apply. Speak to us today for more info. Expires 28th February 2013. WEEKENDER PACK JOHN BERENDS IMPLEMENTS BLADE | RIPPER | CARRY ALL ONLY $1,100 INC GST Only available when purchased with tractor $24,995 INC GST* TRACTOR & LOADER PRICE $32,995 INC GST* TRACTOR & LOADER PRICE EB3100 COMPACT TRACTOR SLASH IT PACK FROM $1,100 INC GSTT* LIFESTYLE TRACTORS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND RELIABLITY
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