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Drums unMustered Lack of interest in vital recycling program frustrates consultant By DAVID PALMER VEGETABLE growers across much of the state are failing to recycle agvet chemical drums in any meaningful way, according to drumMuster’s northern Victorian consultant, John Knight. Based at Quambatook, he manned a stand for the organisation over the two days of the recent National Vegetable Expo at Werribee, where he was disappointed in the lack of interaction he had with vegetable growers. He said just a trickle of growers visited his stand, a strong indication of the poor agvet container recycling rate in the Werribee area. Mr Knight said only 47 farmers around Werribee had recycled drums at the Wyndham City Council recycling centre,in the past 13 years. In that time, just 5598 drums had been returned. In comparison, Mr Knight said broadacre cropping areas had enthusiastically engaged with drumMuster, to the extent the scheme had to date picked up 21.5 million returned drums at 762 sites nationwide. “There has been a marked surge in returns in broadacre cropping areas because of the dry start to the cropping year,� he said. At the end of last year, drumMuster celebrated the recycling of its 20 millionth drum. The situation is not the same with all vegetable growers in other states.

For example, at Bundaberg, Queensland, an area notable for vegetable growing, Peter Radel, known as the Dump Rat, has collected 151,000 used containers and 45,000 this year alone on behalf of drumMuster. Mr Knight said if Werribee area growers were not recycling their containers, he could only assume they were burning, storing or burying them. “In an increasingly urban area – the Vegetable Expo will move to a new site in two years because this year’s site is earmarked for housing – that is pretty unfriendly behavior,â€? he said. An unrelated published comment by northern NSW drumMuster consultant Phil Tucker suggests that Werribee growers might be operating in a time warp. Mr Tucker said in the early days of working for drumMuster at ďŹ eld days, “people would walk down the rows and look at drumMuster sideways; they didn’t want anything to do with itâ€?. Mr Knight said other Victorian vegetable growing areas were similar to Werribee. “For example farmers east of Melbourne and Wangaratta are also poor returners of used agvet containers,â€? he said. However, throughout the broadacre cropping areas west of Wangaratta, return rates are excellent.

WAGYU IS WAY TO GO DAVID Blackmore’s Wagyu herd at Alexandra is producing what could be the best beef in the world. Mr Blackmore has a long history in working with the breed and believes in sticking with traditional Japanese style rations and Japanese Wagyu traditions.

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June, 2013

THE Victorian Government has taken the first step towards streamlining the state’s onerous and complex rules on clearing native vegetation. “The reforms released recently are crucial in streamlining regulations that stifle farm productivity and fail to protect high quality native vegetation,� Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey said. “It means the majority of applications to clear native vegetation will follow a simplified pathway that allows landholders to clear

lower-value vegetation in return for protecting other vegetation or revegetating other land. “It takes decisionmaking for low impact clearing out of the hands of local council officers or regional departmental bureaucrats, who’ve failed to consistently apply the rules,� Mr Tuohey said. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has released maps showing most properties’ vegetation can be cleared through obtaining a permit using a simplified online tool.

In most areas farmers will be able to clear less than 0.5ha of bushland or up to 14 trees using the simplified tool. The tool allows farmers to calculate how they can protect remnant vegetation or revegetate areas of their land to offset the impact of clearing other vegetation that hinders on-farm productivity. “It’ll cut down on the need to employ expensive consultants to do this work, as you can do the assessment yourself using this online tool,� Mr Tuohey said. The reforms also cre-

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VICTORIANS understand all too well how farm deaths and injuries can devastate families, livelihoods and entire communities. With farmers making up just 3 per cent of the nation’s workforce, it is particularly worrying that recent research by Safe Work Australia shows they account for onein-six of all Australian workplace deaths. The research, compiled over an eight-year period, showed vehicles, including quad bikes and tractors, were involved in nearly three quarters of work-related fatalities on farms and three quarters of all quad bike deaths

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tivity and protect highvalue native vegetation.� Local councils will have to adopt this simplified process. “But we’re concerned local councils could erode the value of the new rules by maintaining or extending planning overlays,� he said. “Instead of rationalising these overlays to protect high-value vegetation, we’re seeing councils such as Colac-Otway looking to extend and strengthen environmental overlays without any thought for the impact on farmers and their local economies,� Mr Leach said.

Mill a boost for industry A NEW stockfeed mill at Pakenham will produce more than 180,000t of feed every year. Officially opened in mid May by Agriculture and Food Security Minister, Peter Walsh, he said the $12.8 million mill demonstrated Ridley AgriProducts’ confidence in the sustainable growth of Gippsland, in particular the dairy, beef and sheep sectors. “Last year the Gippsland dairy industry produced 22 per cent of the nation’s milk, or more than 2.1 billion

litres,� Mr Walsh said. “Gippsland also has a significant grazing and meat processing industry based predominantly on beef, but also wool and prime lamb production. “For 25 years Ridley AgriProducts has played a key role in the growth of these industries and this million dollar investment makes a positive statement about the region’s future.� For more on stockfeed milling see our feature pages from 14 to 16.

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ate much greater flexibility around offsetting, which should facilitate a more effective offset market, and reduce compliance costs. However, VFF Land Management committee chairman, Gerald Leach, said that farmers would not be able to use this new online tool until it was released in September. “We’re keen to see just how this will work on farm, given it has to be practical and cost effective,� Mr Leach said of the matter. “If this works then it will help farm produc-

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One reason for the perceived low return rate, according to Russell Dodemaide at rural suppliers EE Muir and Sons, Werribee South, was that sales of agricultural chemicals to local growers, was often in ďŹ ve and 10 litre containers, rather than the more common 20 litre containers sold in broadacre cropping areas. However, he was unable to guess how many agvet containers the company sold in the area in a year. Another factor for the

seemingly poor return rate, might be the fact that the Diggers Hall Road drumMuster receival site at Werribee South, is only open from 1 to 3pm on the ďŹ rst Wednesday of every month. However, Mr Knight said drumMuster paid clubs and other voluntary organisations, 25c a drum for every drum they collected and suggested that might be an opportunity in the Werribee area. DrumMuster collection sites and the drums collected there can be seen at


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Disasters ‘dampen optimism’ Dairy Australia senior analyst, Norm Repacholi, said: “A very wet winter and spring across south and west Gippsland resulted in increased use of fodder reserves and a signiďŹ cantly reduced level of fodder harvest.â€? “After this, overly wet conditions through winter and early spring, there was a steep-change to a dry summer, as well as bushďŹ res affecting some farms,â€? he said.

Despite the challenges of the weather, he said land values for Gippsland dairies had risen. “Analysis of land valuation data compiled by the Victorian DPI as part of the Farm Monitor project suggests that values in Gippsland have increased by 4 per cent,� he said. A moderate increase in farm business liabilities of $330,000 over the last six years has increased the cost structure and cash

Mining impact ďŹ lm premieres ON Friday, May 10, the Old Drouin Butter Factory theatre was packed for the premiere of Gippsland Is Precious, a 20-minute documentary looking at the potential impact coal seam gas mining and fracking could have on Gippsland. With all seats taken, latecomers were forced to sit on the oor for a glimpse of the independent documentary by Melbourne producer Pennie Brown. The ďŹ lm was launched by South Gippsland Shire mayor Kieran Kennedy, who said that experimental gas-mining was “one of the biggest threats to our regionâ€? and that locals should ensure their MPs were representing community concerns. Representatives from CSG Free groups across Gippsland made the trek to Drouin for the special night, while a contingent from the community of Bacchus Marsh, which is ďŹ ghting plans for an open cut coal mine in their market-garden town, drove three hours to see the ďŹ lm. The fabulous 120-yearold building looked stunning for the event – volunteers spent a day getting the theatre ready for the big night - and received support from

flow pressure of many businesses. Mr Repacholi noted a total of 54 per cent classed their operations as ‘expanding’ or ‘steady - where I want to be’. He added there had been a 17 per cent increase in the number of respondents planning to lift output since last year’s survey. For the Dairy 2013: Situation and Outlook Report, visit www.dairyaustralia.

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members were urged to copy the ďŹ lm and distribute it among friends and family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This documentary has no copyright,â&#x20AC;? said Ursula Alquier from the Lock the Gate Alliance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want as many people to see it as possible.â&#x20AC;? There has also been a new facebook page created at Gippsland Is Precious. The video can be viewed online at http://vimeo. com/65780303. To find out how you can help the campaign, or to get a copy of the DVD, contact Ursula at or 0499 991 324. For more information on experimental gas-mining, go to helplockthegate or www.

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Show sews seeds for top produce Crowds out in force for popular biennial event WITH more than 50 static exhibitors and 11 seed companies growing and showing their wares, the National Vegetable Expo marked its 50th year at Werribee early last month with record crowds. The weather was ďŹ ne and there were crowds of at

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least 500 people each day, for the two-day, biennial occasion, mounted by the Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria Inc. VGA executive manager, Helena Whitman, said those ďŹ gures were up a couple of hundred people a day on the previous event.

Victorian president, David Wallace, welcomed MPs Neale Burgess and Tim Pallas, and Wyndham City Council mayor Heather Marcus. Winner of the best growing plot was Terranova Seeds and the runner up was Lefroy Valley

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Mr Crock said that by following all those Tweeting chefs, all of a sudden you have a free introduction to them, because they get sent an email saying ‘Paul Crock of Gippsland Natural Meats is now following you’. “Then they might say ‘I’ve never heard of them (GNM) because my wholesaler would never offer me Gippsland Natural Meats’. “Then you can use that to the betterment of the brand.” At another new level, iPhones and QR codes are proving useful, too, in promoting brand awareness. “We are very keen to put QR codes onto all our farmers’ meat, so when a piece of beef lands in a restaurant, a chef can use his smart phone to scan the QR code and up will come the story of where that beef is from,” he said. “By working on that now, we are trying to

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calving to inseminations of sexed male semen, with 100 per cent male calves at foot. Mr Blackmore said while the exercise of using male semen was more expensive, on bodyweight alone, male Wagyu calves were worth about $600 a head more to the business than females. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the other hand, meat from females is considered in Japan to be less coarse and therefore more tender,â&#x20AC;? he said. By using sexed semen, conception rates can suffer, although fresh semen collected at Camperdown was used in the Blackmore cattle and rates were quite acceptable. Currently, the Blackmore enterprise produces 1000 calves a year via embryo transfer. Mr Blackmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement with embryo transfer programs dates back to 1979, when he was a pioneer of the technique in South Australia with vet Kim Heath â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the father of Australian embryo transfersâ&#x20AC;? - who still works with Mr Blackmore.


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The Blackmores join females at 18 to 20 months, or about 400kg, so they can get quite a bit of body weight on them before joining. They start inseminating 60 days after calving with only stragglers served naturally. Calving continues year round, except for six weeks over the summer holidays, to give staff a break. Mr Blackmore said Wagyus were much more difďŹ cult to raise than traditional European breeds. One of the big problems with the breed is lack of milk in the females and if they happen to calve under feed stress, they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a good job of raising their calves,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They fall away very quickly on poor feed and when they do, milk drops off fast and there is trouble with the calf.â&#x20AC;? He said that in reality, they need dairy herd management techniques rather than beef. At the time of Southern Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit, 70 females had practically ďŹ nished





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calves north of Melbourne on Donnybrook Road adjacent to the Hume Freeway and about 2000 acres (800ha) around Alexandra. There are five outside staff and an office manager running the operation. Son Ben does all their overseas marketing and daughter Danielle is the IT expert, writing software to handle comprehensive progeny test and carcase data they collect. He said present focus was on determining the genetics involved in increasing weight of each cut. “If I can put an extra kilogram onto our strip loins and cube rolls – four kilograms per animal – that would be worth an extra $600 a head to us,” he said. Mr Blackmore said he had only missed one kill in 15 years and that was when there were bushfires at Alexandra three years ago and he couldn’t get off the farm. “We have carcase data for 15 years so we know which bloodlines work,” he said. Ultimately, he’d like to have every carcase weighing 500kg plus. “We have our marbling right but we’re still building on carcase weight.

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“Our heaviest carcase has been 618kg, which is an animal going in at more than 1000kg, but that was probably too big. “We like to think we could be consistently taking cattle out of here at 850kg,” he said. It costs about $2000 a head to get them to that weight. O’Connors at Pakenham kill and dissect all Blackmore cattle. But the Blackmore kills

are very different to the company’s run of the mill cattle kills, because the chain is slowed right down to produce far more cuts of meat. Mr Blackmore said; “Most abattoirs do 12 cuts, we do 32. “As well, the cooling down process is different because at 33 months of age, these are big carcases and they have to be cooled quickly without burning,” he said.

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Ben did a business degree at Monash and then wanted to return to the farm. But Mr Blackmore told him “all you can learn is what I know and that is how to produce good carcases, but I don’t know what to do with them after that”. So Ben worked for two Japanese meat companies for about four years, to become a qualified meat grader, and can knowledgably talk beef to customers at all levels.

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Calves are weaned at six months and come onto Italian ryegrass in winter and, as soon as that is ensiled in spring, irrigated millet and Hunter brassica is sown. For the first 100 days they eat a weaner ration, so they learn to eat out of a bunk and their stomach bacteria adjust to hard feed. From nine to 12 months they remain on pasture but then get fed a backgrounder ration to achieve a weight of 330 to 350kg. They then go onto a grower ration to take them to about 550kg to grow them as big as possible without fattening them, Mr Blackmore said. A finisher ration is the final dietary change and again it is mixed so that animals grow maximum muscle without fattening. The Alexandra property is the finishing base for an operation which runs more than 3000 full blood Wagyu cattle, of which about 1200 are breeders, on more than 5000 acres (2000ha). Most of the country is leased, with about 3500 acres (1500ha) running 500 to 600 cows and

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June, 2013

‘Grape going’ as harvest brings By DAVID PALMER SOUTHERN Farmer happened to visit the Leura Park Estate at Curlewis east of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula on May 1, the day it ended a three-month long harvest period of its chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, viognier and shiraz grapes. Vineyard manager Andrew Mahoney said it had been a beautifully long ripening season, producing good flavors with only the shiraz dragging the chain a little in achieving the right levels and flavors. “However things have gone rather well,” he said. The estate machine harvests its entry level wines, just so it can get the wine on the market, $3 to $5 a bottle cheaper. However, all premium label wines are hand harvested, which allows the winemakers to make the wines more complex, Mr Mahoney said. In other words, it is much easier to segregate grapes from special areas of the vineyard by hand picking, to give wine makers more options to achieve complex and spe-

cial flavors in the winery. Grapes harvested elsewhere on the Peninsula, are often snipped by hand too, simply to avoid the expense of moving the harvester to relatively small areas. Typical cool climate Bellarine Peninsula grape producers, Leura Estate’s main vineyard, about halfway along the main road between Geelong and Portarlington, has 20ha of vine varieties mentioned above, between 15 and 18 years old. At another site, they harvest shiraz and viognier and at Jack Rabbit, an associated vineyard and restaurant further on towards Portarlington, they have cabernet and pinot noir. Mr Mahoney said it had been a good year for grape flavors and for the vineyards as far as management pressure went. He said that with some varietals, vines were still getting back into optimum balance post drought. “That may sound silly, but vines are on a five year cycle; if drought knocks a vine about this year, it takes five years for it to get itself back into good balance.

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June, 2013

Quality feed fuels healthy livestock FEED is one of the most significant costs in livestock production. But farmers should make sure they buy feed that is correctly labelled and comes from a FeedSafe accredited feed manufacturer. The following points are provided as a guide for livestock producers to assist in the area of feed use. FeedSafe Accreditation Since 2003 Australia has had a quality assurance accreditation program for stock feed manufacturers. This is called FeedSafe and accredited mills meet the standards endorsed by chief veterinarians in each state. Mills that are accredited must pass an annual audit completed by independent food safety auditors. The majority of feed mills are FeedSafe accredited and are listed on the industry website - look under Accredited Feed Suppliers. Check to make sure the feed you use comes from a FeedSafe accredited feed mill. If your current feed supplier is not accredited, why should you take the risk of buying their feed? Feed storage The area you store feed within needs to be weather proof and cleaned regularly to prevent accumulation of dirt, dust or spilt feed. Feed should never be stored in direct sunlight as it increases the rate of deterioration and is detrimental to essential nutrients such as vitamins. Don’t store feed against the western wall of a shed due to higher temperatures. Keep feed off the ground or floor as it will draw in moisture. Bagged feed stored on

timber slates is ideal to allow air circulation. In humid areas, also ensure the storage area is ventilated to prevent condensation. Where feed is stored in silos, regularly inspect to ensure it remains weather proof. The silo should have ventilation to allow condensation release. The feed silo should also be routinely emptied to ensure there is no buildup of older stale feed. Feed hygiene Control vermin such as rats, mice and wild birds. Once bags are opened, keep feed secure by placing in a storage bin with a lid, or tie-off the remaining feed in the bag. Do not use feed that has become wet and mouldy. Mouldy feed can contain mycotoxins that are detrimental to animal health and performance, and young animals and breeding stock are more sensitive to mycotoxins. Keep feeders and feed troughs clean and remove spoilt feed residues. Ensure feed is kept fresh and avoid over ordering. When buying bagged feeds, question your supplier’s stock rotation policy. Operate on a first in first out (FIFO) system, ie use up your oldest bags of feed before moving onto new stock. Feed labels Take note of the feed label information, including: 1. The label must identify the purpose for use, this can either be within the feed name e.g. Chick starter or an additional statement for the product eg for feeding to chickens from day old to eight weeks.

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Good practice vital for ongoing success

Species specific plan real winner WITH the closing of a local feed mill in Cohuna and freight costs from elsewhere adding to the cost of production, five Cohuna and district pig farmers decided to build a species specific feed mill to supply their stock feed requirements. So Pentagon Feeds Pty Ltd was formed in 2009, with the aim of using freight savings to pay off the capital cost. Being species specific and purpose built, Pentagon Feeds has been able to purchase the most up-to-date and highly automated equipment. In 2010, the company started production, and is currently producing around 900t per week, predominately for its shareholder owners. The company has found significant benefits in terms of controlling feed costs for its shareholders, as well as being able to establish good relationships with local grain farmers, who supply most of the

company’s needs. All farmers involved have marketing arrangements that require quality assurance programs to be in place. APIQ, the pig industry quality assurance program, requires that all feed produced for livestock has a quality assurance program in place. At Pentagon, the logical choice of a program was Feedsafe. It has all the elements required for end-users, as well as giving good guidance for responsible manufacturing. The benefits to the business of having Feedsafe accreditation are that an inbuilt range of systems in the process, not only assures the quality of the products being produced, but also highlights the need for staff-training and appropriate maintenance procedures.

In brief Concentrate consumption doubles in dairy industry QUALITY ASSURED: FeedSafe accreditation means stock feed mills like this Coprice one at Cobden, are bound to produce feed of an assured quality.

2. Feed ingredients should be listed. 3. Where additives are included these are to be listed. 4. A nutrient analysis should be shown providing protein, fat and fibre levels. Many suppliers will provide more information. 5. It is a legal requirement the feed is labelled with respect to the content of restricted animal material. 6. For feeds containing animal proteins such as meat meal, blood meal and fish meal the required statement is:

‘This product contains restricted animal material — do not feed to cattle, sheep, goats deer or other ruminants’. For all states except Queensland, when the feed does not contain animal protein, the required statement is: ‘This product does not contain restricted animal material. Never feed ruminants with feeds that contain restricted animal material. 7. Net weight. 8. Supplier’s name and contact details. Feed use Only use feeds for intended purpose.

Chick starter and pullet feeds should not be fed to laying hens, because they have different nutrient requirements. This especially applies to the inclusion of adequate calcium levels for egg production. Never purchase feed sold in plain bags or bags that are not adequately labelled. Though some produce stores rebag feeds and sell smaller quantities, these bags must be fully labelled. Provided by the Stock Feed Manufacturers’Council of Australia M ore det a i l s ( 0 3 ) 9769 7170, or contact@

EXCLUDING pasture, hay and silage, livestock on Victorian farms consume 3.6 million tonnes of stockfeed annually. The dairy industry uses most, followed by poultry for meat, pigs, hens and beef cattle. Victorian dairy farmers now buy much more dairy concentrates to lift milk production. In 1999 the average dairy farm used 140t of dairy concentrates for their milking herds, by 2012 this use had increased to 370t. This increase is a function of larger herd size and increased feeding rates per cow. With the decline in the number of Victorian dairy farmers, total milk production has been retained through the increase in the average dairy herd size and the use of dairy concentrate feeding to lift milk production per cow. Farm stocking density has increased, with the use of dairy feeds providing the means for farmers, to run more cows and lift production. More than 60 per cent of dairy concentrates used in Victoria come from commercial feed mills, the remainder is mixed on farm. Dairy concentrates from feed-milling companies are supplied as mash or pelleted feeds, as well as some in liquid form.


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June, 2013

Slack research to prove costly More data needed on impact of milk urea nitrogen levels

By JOHN LYNE Dairytech dairy production specialist

I AM astounded that research in Australian grazing based dairy farming on the impact of milk urea nitrogen levels on milk production has escaped any serious consideration. There is significant overseas research data about it and it is an issue of daily nutritional monitoring in northern hemisphere dairying, where feeds unlike pasture do not contain very high levels of soluble protein. Equally, I am surprised the environmental lobby has not picked up on MUN data, to measure nitrogen excretion from grazing dairy cattle, as there is a direct correlation. By definition, MUN is a measure of urea in milk and is equal to urine urea and blood urea. It is also a measure of feed protein efficiency, and this is where our problem comes into the equation. Through most of the grazing season, our pastures are running between 30 and 39 per cent crude protein. Our cows have no chance of utilising such high protein levels, particularly when much of it is rumen degradable protein (as opposed to by-pass protein). This excess rumen protein can also induce acidosis witnessed in loose blackish manure. The pathway starts with high pasture nitrogen content and is mostly rumen degradable. The surplus must be removed from the cow, so the liver converts this surplus ammonia to urea, by joining two ammonia molecules together to form a urea molecule and that enters the blood stream. It is then passed to other body fluids, particularly milk and urine, for excretion from the cow’s body. Unfortunately, there is a high

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energy cost in this conversion of ammonia to urea, effectively robbing us of the potential for it to be converted to milk. It costs us in milk production to deal with excessive pasture protein. However, this is not the final word on cost to farm economics. We suffer frequently in early lactation from negative energy balance, simply by our inability to feed sufficient energy to our cow, to meet her energy need for milk production. This energy deficiency, is met from body fat reserves at varying degrees, dependent on how successful we are in feeding our cows. Negative energy balance has ample data correlating

it with infertility. When we increase the demand on limited energy available to the cow, by the energy-expensive conversion of excess rumen ammonia from high pasture soluble protein, we only increase the fertility problem. Low milk protein percentages bear testimony to this and signal probable fertility problems. Tragically this is not the end of the MUN/infertility story. There is another factor reducing fertility that occurs because of high MUN values typically seen throughout the whole season, not just while we graze abundant pasture. Two published research papers on the association between





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fertility and MUN levels (Journal of Animal Science – Butler et al 1996 & Elrod et al 1993) both point to this connection. The first, and I quote, “We conclude that excess degradable protein, acts through some undefined mechanism, to decrease uterine pH during the luteal (joining) phase, which may play a role in the observed reduction of fertility.” The conclusion of the second paper: “MUN concentrations greater than 19mg/dL (decaLitre), were associated with approximately a 20 percentage point decrease in pregnancy rate after AI, in lactating dairy cattle.” It is believed the decreased uterine pH affects implantation of the newly fertilised egg

and other processes due to an altered and unfavorable uterine environment. There are another 10 studies verifying this effect. The matter of loose blackish manure has bothered me for many years, and having read many US articles and papers on MUN over the last 10 years, we purchased a machine for measuring MUN last year and began trial work with products that claimed to improve this scenario. We regularly recorded MUN readings of 24mg/dL to 28mg/ dL with some even higher. Based on the research cited above, where readings of 19mg/dL reduced fertility by 20 per cent, we became alarmed at the possible impact

on fertility with readings of 28mg/dL. Under “OFF/ON” trial protocol, using a natural plant product, we could reduce MUN from 28 to 16mg/dL. This was a massive shift, but still not at the recommended 12mg/dL for good fertility and cow health/productivity. At this same time last year we were also running trial work to verify yeast culture’s production data in grazing based systems. In several herds we ran both trials simultaneously and recorded far greater responses from both products: higher milk yields plus MUN readings of the desired 12mg/dL and lower. I contacted a friend in the US, whom I knew had been involved in research on both products, to ask if there was a possible synergy between the two. He confirmed that this was the case and gave a lengthy explanation as to why (beyond the space in this article). One of these herds at the time of both products being in the grain mix, was conducting their usual basic synchronisation and one insemination program (150 cows) to kick off calving for the next season. This had been a regular practice on this farm for several years. Traditionally, a 30 per cent conception rate was achieved. Under the feeding of both products a 50 per cent conception rate, based on return to service data, resulted. This is a massive increase in conception rate and confirmed by my researcher-friend in the US and the papers cited above. Reducing the MUN of this herd to 12mg/dL, plus the synergy with yeast culture increasing milk response, has provoked us to blend both products into one, and rightly name it Rumen Calm. John Lyne is a dairy production specialist with Dairytech Nutrition at Timboon. johnlyne@dairytechnutrition, admin/sales: Tina 0400 991 814.

Grain-based concentrate equals dollars, study shows A NEW economic analysis shows that increasing grain-based concentrate feeds for dairy cattle generates more income for milk producers. The Dairy Stockfeed Economic Analysis, from consultants GHD, reports that concentrates allow producers to increase stocking rates, as well as lift milk production per cow. Analysis of data from a five-year Victorian benchmarking project shows one kilogram of concentrates equates to an increase in milk production of 1.8L per cow.

A diet incorporating an average four to five kilograms of grain concentrates across theVictorian industry as a whole generates 1.046 billion litres of milk and 78 million kilograms of milk solids, increasing farm income by $435 million. Gippsland’s Grant Williams is among those dairy farmers taking part in the Victorian farm benchmarking project and says high production alone does not ensure profitability. When milk prices fall and the profit margin between a kilogram of feed and a litre

of milk blurs, it can be hard to justify the higher feed costs in order to maintain higher production levels. “But my long-term focus is on maintaining the condition of the cows and on fertility, making sure they are ‘fully fed’. “Cows in good condition are easier to get in calf, they calve better and produce more milk more quickly than cows that are hungry,” Mr Williams said. He milks 440 cows on his 220ha property at Hallora, south of Drouin, and provides six to seven kilograms

of concentrate per cow per day, that is in addition to pasture and silage. The cows average 7700 litres and 550 kilograms of milk solids a year. He has gradually increased production per cow and stocking rates over the past decade, while also increasing the level of concentrate feeding, which was only two to three kilograms per cow five years ago. “There is no way I could maintain this level of production, or a profitable business, on pasture alone,” he said.



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‘Tis the season to whip up for nuts

Not time to cool your heels on guarding against frosts By COLIN YOUNG EVERY year there are crop losses due to frosts in Australia, and damage running into hundreds of millions of dollars is not rare. It is impossible at this stage to predict the severity of the late frost problem in the coming spring. However, there is usually a close correlation between frost damage and soil moisture. Dry soil is more prone to frosts, and crops under drought

stress are slightly more susceptible. It should be pointed out that there is no 100 per cent guaranteed method to eliminate frost damage and hard frosts late in the spring are hardest to address. But a good strategy will save most of a crop in most frosts down to -5 degrees. Besides frost damage, crops often suffer chilling setbacks because below a certain temperature, which is different for each crop and varies between cultivars, growth essentially stops.

The plant has sufficient nutrient, moisture and sunlight, but a gene expression stops it growing. Most talked about is “pasture does not grow when the plant temperature drops below 5 degrees”. It is well known that applying liquid seaweed and some plant growth regulators and/or trigger compounds can reduce the temperature at which growth stops. Most of the research has focused on pasture and glycine betaine and liquid seaweed.


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BARE root hazelnut trees (known as whips) are best planted in July and August. Therefore, those farmers wishing to plant this winter should place orders now to avoid missing out. Hazelnut Nursery Propagators (HNP) is the main hazelnut tree propagation nursery in Australia and is situated in Gembrook. It was established in the early 1990s in Megalong in the central west of NSW. In 2010, all nursery operations were obtained by Trufficulture Pty Ltd and moved to Victoria to develop the hazelnut industry in this state. Many regions in Victoria with warm summers and a moist, cool winter climate are perfect to develop successful sustainable hazelnut production farms. TheYarra Valley, including the Dandenong Ranges, Trentham, Daylesford and down through Gippsland, are some of these regions. Hazelnut Nursery Propagators was formed to produce true to variety planting material for the developing Australian and southern hemisphere hazelnut industry. Extensive research into the Oregon hazelnut industry was conducted and true to name varieties of

hazelnuts were imported. The imported varieties were subjected to intensive screening for pests and diseases by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), over a 16 month period in Sydney, before AQIS released them for propagation. Nursery propagation practices were adopted from the system used by Oregon State University (OSU), where a scientific approach was used to develop a range of suitable pollinisers and main varieties are matched to provide excellent pollination of all trees. HNP provides all the cultural advice on growing the varieties and a planting pattern design for the orchard. Stock in the form of whips is available for planting from July to September. Full instructions for planting will be given with stock. The hazelnut industry in Australia shows enormous growth potential. The Australian industry grows and produces only about 200t of hazelnuts but imports around 2000t. The general public is now recognising the nutritional and health benefits of fresh hazelnuts. Often imported nuts can

NUTTING IT OUT: Colin Carter and son Nathan check hazelnut tree numbers.

be several months old and don’t have the same sweet flavor of freshly grown local product. Hazelnuts are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, contain no cholesterol and are an excellent source of mono unsaturated and poly unsaturated fats. The main issue or impediment to the expansion of the industry, has been the lack of suitably matched polliniser varieties, to maximise yields. This has now been solved through developmental trials conducted by OSU and excellent yields are now likely. For ordering of trees for this coming season,

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Green investment in wellbeing By JOHN WOODLEY EMOTIONAL superannuation: what is it and what is its relevance to growing trees? I consider emotional superannuation to be investing in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life in ways that create a state of mind, where oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sense of wellbeing improves over time. Because how one lives, and particularly what one creates, improves the emotional quality of life. As with financial superannuation, where one usually expects to get back more than one puts in, so it is with emotional superannuation where one tends to get back more in terms of feelings of wellbeing, than one puts in. Tree growing and farm forestry has the capacity to increase oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sense of wellbeing over time, as the tree or trees grow from small seedlings to giants. Few people who get involved with planting and nurturing trees ever lose interest in trees. The simple act of planting a tree, whether in a planned landscape or a random planting, tends to provide great enjoyment as one experiences the growth of the tree and the various changes that happen to the surrounding landscape.

There is shade where before there may have been none. There is somewhere for birds to sit and sing, and perhaps even nest and set up home; there is the sound of wind through the leaves and branches; insects and other animals may set up home and both humans and animals can enjoy the shade and aesthetics of the trees as seasons change. I describe this realisation of change and acknowledgement of landscape change, usually for the better, as emotional superannuation. Until trees become too big and need to be trimmed or harvested, there is nearly always a certain amount of pleasure for those who commissioned the planting and experienced the resulting landscape and environmental change. Tree growers and farm foresters know about this and while they may not have considered they are receiving emotional superannuation through their tree growing activities, they nearly always feel good about what they do with trees. John Evelyn, author of Sylva or a Discourse of Forest Trees, wrote in 1664; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men rarely plant trees until they become wise, this is till they grow old and

ďŹ nd, by experience, the prudence and necessity of it.â&#x20AC;? I journeyed through life in aircraft engineering with the RNZAF from school, then world championship level motorcycle road racing to silviculture and tree growing. I was working with trees from the age of 31 and the die was cast. The meaning of life? It is through tree growing and farm forestry that I have found my place and the meaning of life, which is happiness through oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association and its members do much towards creating happier lives for members, through encouraging the growing and nurturing of trees. The New Zealand group is well ahead of Australians in terms of the scale of farm forestry and the marketing of farm grown timber. Children who are lucky enough to be exposed to tree planting and nurturing by their parents start their emotional superannuation early and often unknowingly. They are usually just enjoying planting and playing with trees. Every child who is exposed to this activity remembers it when they grow older.

We have a small but dedicated group of tree growers here in Australia, who are having an important impact on both the landscape and people who notice what they are doing with trees. Real wealth? I started planting my own forests because I wanted to become ďŹ nancially rich. However, being rich from proceeds of my tree growing seems a far distant dream, especially when recent commercial thinnings of two of my eucalypt joint ventures, netted $2 per tonne after expenses. A cheque for $1500 for 750t of pulpwood is my ďŹ rst real income from my forests. Not particularly encouraging so far as financial superannuation goes. In reality, my emotional superannuation is growing beautifully and the more I continue to help my clients establish and manage their trees and plantations, the more my overall happiness goes up. I suspect that this is how it is for most Farm forestry growers and advisers/consultants anywhere in the world. John Woodley runs Farm Forestry Services at 252 Thornton Road, Taggerty,

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In brief BOLT for biosecurity EVERY beekeeper, commercial or hobbyist, can boost Australia’s defences against the incursion of the devastating Varroa mite, with resources and training freely available online to raise awareness and understanding. Chair of the Pollination R&D Committee, Gerald Martin, said PHA’s free Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) sytem provides all beekeepers with knowledge to detect bee pests early and minimise the spread of potential pest incursions. “Good biosecurity practices are vital,” he said. For access to BOLT, visit www. planthealthaustralia.

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Carbon Fibre plan

extends its reach THE Federal Government is now targeting horticulturalists, tree farmers and sugar producers. The government is now into its second phase of extending the reach of the carbon farming initiative (CFI). The CFI’s aim is to help farmers reduce their emissions, lower their costs and gain a second income stream. An extension and outreach program in the CFI funds programs to deliver clear, credible and consistent information and support carbon farming activities. Under the first phase of the initiative, 24 projects shared in more than $21 million. The government said these were high quality

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Lectures, shows to please growers THE 12th biennial Protected Cropping Australia conference will run in Melbourne from Sunday, July 28, to Wednesday, July 31. It was previously known as the Australian Hydroponic and Greenhouse Conference. The venue will be the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Conference and Events Centre, 65 Queens Road, Albert Park. Part of this complex are the Pullman and Mercure hotels. Technical lectures, trade show, farm and market tours as well as social events are organised specifically for commercial greenhouse, hydroponic and aquaponic growers. The trade exhibition of 50 stands of Australian and overseas suppliers is open to the general industry on the Sunday afternoon and reserved for delegates throughout Monday and Tuesday. Technical lectures and practical workshops will run throughout Monday and Tuesday. These will be concurrent sessions, with some repeated according to demand, giving delegates a maximum choice of topics. A listing of the speakers follows. If you wish to attend the 2013 PCA Conference, please register online at Solutions for Sustainable Growth conference. Program Sunday, July 28 – Trade exhibition. Trade exhibition open - 1 to 5pm. Protected Cropping Australia AGM - 6pm. Welcome function (sponsored by Moraitis) - 7pm.

Monday, July 29 – plenary sessions. Official opening – 9am. Commercial Protected Cropping Application of Light & Optics - Jurgen Kleinwachter, Germany. Australia’s Economic Future - senior NAB economist. What the supermarkets want from protected cropping - Daniel William, Coles. Monday afternoon, July 29 – Four concurrent sessions (four presentations per session). The effectiveness of foliar feeding - Sophie Parkes, NSW DPI. Biochar as a soilless media - Nick Savidov, Canada. Getting the best out of your crop protection application - Scott Mathews, Syngenta. Consequences of climate differences in greenhouses - Ben van Onna, Netherlands. Fundamental management of hydroponic systems - Rick Donnan, Growool. Precision growing for sustainable greenhouse production - Andy Lee, Grodan, UK. New greenhouse air handling systems for Australia - Ben van Onna, Netherlands. Managing sustainability performance Stuart Lambie, Grodan, UK. Options for recycling rockwool slabs - Tony Bundock, Chisholm TAFE. Climate control with plant temperature cameras - Frits Veenman, Royal Brinkman, Netherlands. What screens do for your plants - Ton Habraken, Svensson, Netherlands. Drain control weigh scales and disinfection

with electro chemical activated water - Frits Veenman. Green roofs - John Rayner. Sustainable growth in a farm enterprise Jeremy Badgery-Parker, Primary Principles. Monday evening, July 29 – conference dinner. Pre-dinner drinks – 7pm. Conference banquet dinner – 7.30pm. Tuesday, July 30 – two concurrent sessions (four presentations per session). The effectiveness of foliar feeding - Sophie Parkes, NSW DPI. Biochar as a soilless media - Nick Savidov, Canada. Getting the best out of your crop protection application - Scott Mathews, Syngenta. Consequences of climate differences in greenhouses - Ben van Onna, Netherlands. New greenhouse air handling systems for Australia - Ben van Onna, Netherlands. Climate control with plant temperature camera - Frits Veenman, Royal Brinkman. What screens do for your plants – Ton Habraken, Svensson, Netherlands. Tuesday morning/ afternoon, July 30 – specialist sessions. Fruit and vegetables Alternative greenhouse vegetable crops - Mike Nichols, Massey Uni, New Zealand. Practical IPM - How it works at Bellarine Hydroponics – Daryl Wilson, Bellarine Hydroponics. Realities of upgrading greenhouse technology - Grower stories - Ian Mortlock, John Murphy, Chris Millis. Irrigation strategy in

substrates - Herman Eijkleboom, Netherlands, Andy Lee, Grodan UK. Cut flowers IPM for Cut Flowers - Paul Horne. Quarantine issues for flower imports – AQIS representative. Nutrient deficiency in floricultural crops Herman Eijkleboom, Netherlands. Plant physiology for flowers (temp, water & CO2) - Wim van der Ende, Netherlands. Flower Q & A forum – panel - Eijkelboom, van der Ende, Roskam, Mann, Tesoriero. Leafy greens (lettuce, herbs, Asian greens) Propagation plugs for NFT Systems - Rene van der Meche, BVB. Biological control of pythium root rot in hydroponic coriander - Len Tesoriero, DPI. NFT solution temperature management - Brian Ellis. IPM for leafy greens – Paul Horne. Plant factories for production and nursery - Mike Nichols, Massey Uni, New Zealand. Aquaponics Commercial aquaponics in Canada - Nick Savidov, Canada. Aquaponics - a grower perspective - Hogan Gleeson, UEA. Aquaponics - an investor perspective - Greg Dutton, UEA. Aquaponics - Truth, Realities and Fallacies ! - Wilson Leonard. Australian aquaponics - What every grower needs to know! - Paul van der Werf. Wednesday, July 31 – all day farm tours. Farm tours - optional extra – strictly conference delegates only. Buses return to Melbourne airport no later than 4.30 pm.

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Cyclone steeled sheds for a stronger future

TOP DOWN: Central Vic Sheds builds from the top down. As in this picture, to start the build, uprights are placed flat on the ground and bolted to the perimeter of the roof. Then they can swing into a vertical position to support the finished roof, when a crane elevates it.

IN March 2006, Cyclone Larry struck in North Queensland, causing considerable damage to many structures including steel sheds. A report provided by the James Cook University Cyclone Testing Station at Townsville had the following findings for sheds, assessed by its team. sBESTESTIMATEOF#Y clone Larry wind speeds near Innisfail was 200 to 240kmh (low cyclone, category 4) which was not a designed wind event; sTHEREWASDAMAGETO 30 per cent of cold formed sheds from loss of cladding through to collapse; s OBSERVED FAILURES were related to design standards not being met: inappropriate design (to-

pography, internal pressure), missing or corroded connections, etc; s FAILURE OF ROLLER doors, soffits, etc led to additional building damage; and s COLD FORMED STRUC tures designed to designed codes performed well. Cyclone Larry followed other non-cyclonic storm events in many states, including a major storm at Emerald, Queensland, which saw the catastrophic failure of numerous steel sheds. As a result, government regulators and building certifiers called on the Australian Steel Institute to facilitate improved standards by the steel shed industry for sheds in all regions

of Australia. In response to these requests, the ASI Steel Shed Design Guide for Portal Frame Sheds and Garages was developed and launched in 2008. The design guide provided guidance for engineers and designers in the correct application of design codes for steel sheds. It sought to encourage efficient design of sheds that are able to withstand the weather conditions for which they are designed. Not unreasonably according to the Steel Institute, buyers of steel sheds should have confidence the shed they are purchasing will keep not only the contents of the building safe but also be a safe structure.

No job too tough: Victoria Central Workmanship guarantee provides some peace of mind for customers AT the top end of the scale, Central Victoria Sheds can build UB/Gal web truss design sheds, to span up to 60m. Three frame types are available including UB/ Gal web truss, RHS or purlin frame and it tops those off with more bolts per connection than competitors to finish your shed frame. Fully engineered, designed and installed to withstand the harsh Australian climate, to terrain category ratings at the top end of the scale, the company’s 12-month workmanship guarantee means customers are fully covered if anything does go wrong.

CVS handles building permits, terrain classifications and many other technical issues in designing and producing fully engineered plans that meet all local requirements. The company uses only heavy, structuralgrade Australian steel and its fabrication carries a five-year structural guarantee. We have the full range of Colorbond cladding and options to choose from, as well as the flexibility to include the fixtures you need. We can include roller/ sliding doors, windows, mezzanine floors, internal partitions, natural

light, insulation, ventilators and much more. A comprehensive range of hay sheds, storage sheds, machinery sheds, milking sheds, barns, workshops and shearing sheds in standard sizes with a wide range of standard options is available. As a fully registered builder, CVS can plan, design, and build a custom shed in an odd size or shape with unusual fixtures, exactly to a customer’s specifications. End-to-end project management and free consultation is just part of the service. Customer Arnold Diss, a Langley gra-

zier, said: “I recently purchased a shed from Central Vic Sheds at Kyneton, which I had built as a shearing shed. “I found their assistance in design and product knowledge excellent and the construction was completed to an extremely high level of skill and expertise. “I would have no hesitation in recommending both the company and the shed product,” he said. From planning, design and building permits, to supply and install, including concrete slabs and co-ordination of tradespersons, CVS wants customers to be 100 per cent satisfied.

Comments still being sought for sheep and cattle welfare ing and follows industry and stakeholder calls for an extension. Animal Health Australia is conducting the public consultation on behalf of its members. Mike Bond, AHA CEO, said he was surprised and pleased by the late rush of submissions responding to the draft standards. “We’ve now received more than 150 substantial submissions, more

than 2300 online surveys and many thousands of additional comments by email,” Dr Bond said. “I would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who have so far taken the time to send us their views.” He said judging by the number and detail of submissions, it is clear they address significant issues for Australian livestock producers and the broader

community. Visit for further details on how to make a submission and to download the relevant documents. Email cattle submissions to publicconscattle@ animalwelfarestandards. Email sheep submissions to publicconssheep@ animalwelfarestandards.


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Victorian cattle studs prevail at interbreed championships VICTORIAN beef cattle studs made a clean sweep of the National Beef 2013 – Bendigo on May 19, filling all the interbreed championships, including supreme interbreed exhibit and all reserve championships. To the forefront were three Southern Farmer region studs, Alan and Jill Furborough’s Buchanan Park Welsh Black Stud at Bunyip, David and Marion Spencer’sAustralian Shorthorn Stud, and Shorthorn Stud at Yuroke and Mrs D Halliday’s Waterford Stud at Mount Macedon The Furboroughs took out the major award, the supreme interbreed exhibit. Their winning entry was Buchanan Park Nicole, a 23 months old cow, with calf at foot. Nicole also won the senior interbreed champion cow or heifer award. Spencer Family Yogi, a 24 months Australian Shorthorn bull weighing in at 942kg, with an eye

muscle area (EMA) of 130 square centimetres, won the reserve supreme interbreed exhibit. PJT & L McLachlan’s PJ Cattle Co, Darlington, stood an eight months old Angus heifer PJ Dream H27 to win junior interbreed champion with the reserve junior interbreed champion going to Airlie Stonehut Hie, a nine months old heifer from the Allednaw Charolais Stud, Kerang. Junior interbreed bull came from the Waterford Charolais Stud, Macedon, with Waterford Gibraltar, an 18 months old weighing 888kg and with an EMA of 120 square centimetres. Reserve junior interbreed bull came from the Bolton Girls Red Angus Stud of Aimee Bolton, Congupna, with Bolton Girls Grenade, a 19 months old bull weighing 945kg and with an EMA of 130 square centimetres. Senior interbreed champion cow or heifer was

Buchanan Park Nicole (pictured right), while the reserve senior interbreed cow or heifer ribbon went to Spencer Family Sprys Patient Fancy Pants, a 25 months old cow. Spencer FamilyYogi won senior interbreed champion bull (see above) while reserve senior interbreed champion bull was stood by Ray Brook’s Eloora Shorthorn Stud, Cavendish, with Eloora Bluechip G02, which weighed 1118kg, had an EMA of 142 square centimetres and was 22 months old. The Furboroughs finished off a highly successful National Beef 2013 – Bendigo, by winning the interbreed group of three (Welsh Black) with Ray Brook taking reserve interbreed group of three (Shorthorn). Full results of the Breed Championships at National Beef 2013 - Bendigo will be published in the July Southern Farmer.

WINNING STREAK: Alan and Jill Furborough with their supreme interbreed exhibit, 23 months old Buchanan Park Nicole and her calf. Laurie O’Bree (right), represented the award’s sponsors, Santons of Bendigo.


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Fraser slams budget reply Not enough focus on agriculture, despite promise to end carbon tax “This is perhaps even more surprising, as it was at the NFF’s National Congress in October that Mr Abbott said that farming is a ‘critical part of our national economy’ and, even more so, ‘part of our soul’.” He said: ‘an Australia without a vibrant, dynamic, growing farm sector wouldn’t be the country that we all know and love. So it’s important that the farm sector be supported and encouraged by government, not hindered by it.’ Australia’s 130,000 farms not only own, manage and care for 60 per cent ofAustralia’s landmass, but also contribute $46 billion to the Australian economy at farm gate, including $37 billion in exports. And when the rest of the agricultural supply chain is added in, agriculture employs 1.6 million people and creates 12 per cent of Australia’s GDP – making it a vitally important industry

in terms of jobs, the environment and the economy. Mr Fraser said; “In his Congress address Mr Abbott said ‘it was only because of growth in the agricultural sector that we avoided going into recession as part of the global financial crisis’. “All this, and from a sector that receives the lowest level of taxpayer subsidy of any agriculture sector in the world,” he said. “Yet when he stood in Parliament last week to respond to the budget, Mr Abbott mentioned mining and manufacturing, but not once did he mention the critical role that agriculture plays in this country. “And, Mr Hockey did the same. “Our nation’s farmers deserve to be recognised for the enormous contribution they make – and our sector needs to be considered a national priority by our political leaders.”

CLARK Equipment has launched a number of promotions for farm tractors, Bobcat skidsteers, excavators and truck mounted fork lifts. Six tractor models, from the $17,990 22hp CT22 to the $32,990 50hp CT450, are offered as tractor and loader/ bucket packages with hydrostatic transmissions and $1000 of a Dakenag implement of the buyer’s choice, if ordered before June 30. Prices include GST. With Bobcat skiddies, the company is offering a $2500 rebate from the price of the 61hp S160, as long as stocks last. But it emphasises there are special prices available on other selected skiddies and excavators. On a range of specific Doosan equipment sold by Clark, but mainly excavators, the company is passing on unspecified manufacturers’ rebates. Again, orders must be in by June 30. On its remaining Kinglifter truck-mounted forklifts, Clark has cut $10,000 to $15,000 from list prices for each of its demonstrator models. They will now retail for $29,990 each.

Agrison cut prices of 4WD tractors FOR its end of year financial sale, Agrison has reduced the price of its 75hp Ultra four wheel drive tractor by $4000. Normal list price is $33,990 and until the end of this month it will be $29,990.

The tractor comes with a front end loader, a four in one bucket, ROPS and canopy, power steering, agricultural tyres, a 1.8m wide slasher and a five year warranty. More information on 1300 651 830.

In brief Advocate welcomed THE NFF has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a ‘Food and Beverage Supplier Advocate’ to assist Australian agricultural business access to new markets.

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NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation president Duncan Fraser said Mr Hockey’s speech, the Federal Budget reply, failed to recognise the critical role farmers play in Australia’s economy. “While we certainly welcome a number of promising commitments from the Coalition – namely axing the carbon tax, cutting red tape and putting in place fairer and more flexible workplace laws – we are disappointed that there has been no mention of agriculture and its importance to the nation’s future,” Mr Fraser said. “We are pleased to see that the Coalition has included agricultural exports as one of its five ‘national economy pillars’ in its Real Solutions for allAustralians plan, which is why we are surprised that agriculture did not rate a mention in either of the post-budget speeches.

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