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ONE of Tasmania's biggest farm ma-
chinery auctions will be held at a
northern Midlands property on Wed-
Roberts auction co-ordinator
Kevin Matkovich said the farm ma-
chinery and general equipment auc-
tion on the Fairfield property at
Epping Forest had some big and valu-
able pieces of machinery on offer.
"It will be one of the biggest farm
machinery auctions in the state and
we expect a lot of interest," Mr Mat-
Philip Osborne, and his son Tom,
have sold the 2800ha farm and now
are selling all the equipment. The
auction starts at 11am.
"We came from England 17 years
ago, and we build up farms and sell
them," Mr Osborne said.
"I am retiring to a smaller farm in
the Barossa Valley in South Australia
and Tom will take six months off to go
travelling, to look at his options.
"As keen farmers, we are always
working. You have to make the most
of life, whether you are young or old."
Fairfield has 1500ha of improved
pasture, 500ha under irrigation and
700ha of dryland cropping.
"We sold the sheep country to lo-
cals, and a young New Zealander
bought the cropping land. We were
running up to 12,000 fine wool sheep,
along with growing vegetables and
seed cropping. We set a record with
AuctionPlus for our fine wool Merino
flock. Sold the ewe hoggets for $250
and the ewes for $225."
Mr Osborne said they liked to use
"It's the Rolls Royce of farm equip-
ment, all the machines and vehicles
on offer are serviced and ready to go.
"We were one of the first in Tas-
mania to get the Claas Header and
we've had it since new. With in-
creased seed production in the state
we are seeing a bigger need for them."
For more details about the auction
see Roberts' auction notice.
HIGH QUALITY: Farm
machinery items to go
under the hammer include
a 2012 Fendt 822 tractor,
left, and a 2008 Claas
Lexion 580R header.
Machinery a major sale pull
New find steps up fly security
Fruit Growers Tasmania
business development man-
ager Phil Pyke said it was busi-
ness as usual.
"Another two males are not
as bad as females," he said.
"We remain confident that
they can be eradicated from
the Tasmanian mainland but it
will take a bit more work on
People are required by law
to promptly report any signs of
fruit fly on their property.
Reports can be made by
mania on 6165
some types of
fruit and vege-
tables are al-
lowed only if
Tasmania's strict biosecurity
All fruit and vegetables re-
quire special certification from
the state of origin. Most im-
ported fruit is certified by fumi-
The law applies not only to
orchardists but also to anyone
with a home garden, crops that
are hosts to fruit fly such as
tomatoes or a small acreage
that is not farmed commercial-
ly. To help affected growers,
distributors and retailers of
fruit meet the
tries and Water
nounced a $2
million bipartisan support
TFGA chief executive Peter
Skillern said it was pleasing to
see there had been bipartisan
support for these announce-
For updates go to: dpip-
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way has been greatly support-
ed by an incredibly vigilant in-
dustry and community. We are
encouraging everyone to con-
tinue to remain vigilant and as-
sist in the work."
GOTCHA: A fruit fly trap.
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