Helping mainland farmers

Appeal. Circular Head is digging deep to support farmers in need across New South Wales. Drought is gripping New South Wales, parts of South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the nation this year endured its driest July since 2002. However in Tasmania, most of the state received above average …

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Funding for dairy farmers

Industry. Dairy Australia has welcomed recent initiatives announced by Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments to assist dairy farmers. After the unprecedented milk price shock to the dairy sector, the state government has supported the industry-led task force to work with dairy industry leaders, assess needs and ensure support is appropriate. The task force helped secure an …

2 years ago

Feasibility report requested

Water. The viability of a private irrigation scheme for Circular Head is now being looked into following requests from local farmers. On Monday night, Liberal Members for Braddon Roger Jaensch and Joan Rylah attended an open meeting at Marrawah discussing agricultural issues affecting the region, one of which is the push for a private irrigation scheme in …

3 years ago
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Government farm loans available

Finance. There is less than a month remaining for local farmers to apply for the Australian Government’s Farm Finance Concessional Loan Scheme. Loans of up to $650,000 over five years will be provided to farmers to support productivity enhancement and/or debt restructuring purposes. It is hoped to assist farm businesses experiencing debt-servicing difficulties but considered potentially …

3 years ago

Browsing our best beef

Industry. A group of key stakeholders involved in Australia’s beef industry have been given an extensive tour of Circular Head’s paddock-to-plate operations this week. Facilitated by the Cattle Council of Australia, the annual Rural Awareness Tour arrived in Smithton on Tuesday with a number of government officials and industry professionals visiting Greenham Tasmania before exploring …

3 years ago

Animal pest, disease workshop

Farm. From drench-resistant worms and footrot to Bovine Johne’s disease and pestivirus, livestock pests and diseases will be put in the spotlight during an upcoming workshop. Put on by Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN), the free Sheep and Cattle Health and Biosecurity Workshop will be presented at Agritas Trade College on Tuesday April 21 from 1 to …

4 years ago

Glasses half full

Resource. Local farmers are being urged to take advantage of a “once in a generation” opportunity following a funding boost for the Circular Head Irrigation Scheme. Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Tasmania last week to announce $60 million in federal government support towards five proposed irrigations schemes, adding to $30 million committed by the state …

4 years ago
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Ulterior moo-tive

Feedback. Farmers will have the opportunity to claim financial incentives for the construction of new cattle underpasses under a new initiative from Circular Head Council. A draft of the Installation of Cattle Underpass Policy, which was tabled at last month’s council meeting before being lifted for further discussion, is now open for public comment over …

4 years ago

Loving the land

Event. A local company is hoping to get the ball rolling when it comes to considering the importance of education in agriculture. Facilitated by Marcus Oldham College deputy principal Tony McMeel, Rabobank Smithton will host an open forum this Friday to discuss the concept of mentoring in the industry, inviting members of the public to …

4 years ago

Truth about free trade

Australian farmers need to dig around and find the truth about free trade agreements. Our farm products sold overseas, where the wages of their workers are minimal and the standards of chemical use are not the regulation farmers are required to meet here. We are living in an unequal playing field. We are importing fresh …

4 years ago