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Country Hour Tasmania

ABC (Australia)

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Hobart, TAS

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English


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Country Hour for Monday the 13th of March 2017

3/12/2017
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Tasmanian farmers are leading the way in confidence especially in the dairy sector according to the latest Rabobank survey of farmer confidence. The orchard of the future is taking shape in the southern Midlands, an area not normally seen as a fruit growing part of Tasmania. The Australia Peak Shipping Association says freight companies are serious about improving shipping services into and out of Tasmania to get the best out of the economy. The wool market is continuing strongly and...

Duration: 00:54:25


Country Hour for Friday the 10th of March 2017

3/9/2017
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A warning from an investment consultant that there needs to be a vast improvement in the Tasmanian Freight chain if investors are going to put their money into Tasmanian Agriculture. Co-founder of Think China Benjamin Sun has told a China Australian Business Council gathering the numbers of Tasmanian producers looking to market their produce in Asia is increasing rapidly. The second rooster round-up will happen this Sunday in Southern Tasmania after a successful initial round-up last year,...

Duration: 00:53:06


Country Hour for Thursday the 9th of March 2017

3/8/2017
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A CSIRO study has blamed climate change for a flat lining in the yields of wheat grown at 50 locations across the Country. In 2016 lamb exports out of Tasmania halved on the previous year, while beef shipped out dropped by 2,052 tonnes, reflecting the dry season. The TIA dairy research institute have trialled feeding calves in different ways in the first 50 days of life to see if they can grow faster. Five Bothwell farmers have all purchased fully equipped fire engines at an auction, and...

Duration: 00:52:56


Country Hour Wednesday the 8th of March 2017

3/7/2017
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To celebrate International Women's Day Laurissa Smith and Margot Kelly bring you the Tasmanian Country Hour today. Former Rural Woman of the Year in Tasmanian Annette Reid told her story about life in agriculture and the role women play. Blazeaid champion Mary Howarth talked about the role the organisation plays when natural disasters strike. Richard Bailey reminisces about his mum home schooling him for a time on the farm.

Duration: 00:52:56


Country Hour for Tuesday the 7th of March 2017

3/6/2017
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ABARES is predicting the overall value of Australian agricultural production will hit a record yet again this year, peaking at $63.8 Billion. Hop Product Australia's Bushy Park facility is a hive of activity with 255 hectares of hops to be harvested, nearly 30 hectares more than the 2016 harvest. The export dairy cattle trade is starting to crank up after a sluggish 18 months and five exporters are chasing heifers in the key dairy states to fill orders, mainly for China. Jim and Denise...

Duration: 00:53:02


Country Hour for Monday the 6th of March 2017

3/5/2017
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Around 250 people attended a meeting in Triabunna yesterday to discuss Tassal's plan to farm an area of Okehampton Bay. The meeting called for Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff to change his stance on approving the project and push it out to sea. The CSIRO has launched a four year program in a concerted effort to see more trees grown on Tasmanian farms. Beef breeders Denise and Jim Rossiter arrived in Tasmania 34 years ago, wound up staying and now raise organic Angus cattle on...

Duration: 00:53:00


Country Hour for Friday the 3rd of March 2017

3/2/2017
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Environmental activists say exotic pests and diseases, that don't affect agriculture, get little planning and not much money to control them ,and they say the answer is a Chief of Environment Biosecurity. Former head of Forestry Tasmania and Taa Ann Evan Rolley has been announced as the new CEO of the 25 dairy farm strong business VDL now owned by Moonlake Investments. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is part of a nation-wide project looking at the opportunities of virtual GPS based...

Duration: 00:52:34


Country Hour for Thursday the 2nd of March 2017

3/1/2017
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The Port of Melbourne's new chief has re-assured its Tasmanian customers, further investment in the port's infrastructure is on the cards. Tasmanian's port authority is working on its own investment strategy for its four major ports, Hobart, Bell Bay, Burnie and Devonport. The Managing Director of Fonterra Australia says the dairy giant is looking at creating a Tasmanian branded cheese for the Japanese market. The man behind the Hamilton Show rocks, John Shoobridge, says he will continue...

Duration: 00:52:35


Country Hour for Wednesday the 1st of March 2017

2/28/2017
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The board of listed Tasmanian infant formula manufacturer Bellamys has undergone a major shakeup much to the delight of Tasmanian businesswoman Jan Cameron. The Managing Director of Dairy Australia says their program Tactics for Tight Times has directly helped 900 dairy farmers across Australia. After arriving in Devonport to much fanfare in December last year the freight ship Searoad Mersey two is now out of action until the end of March. The farm homestead where colonial painter John...

Duration: 00:53:24


Country Hour for Tuesday the 28th of February 2017

2/27/2017
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Australian Wool Innovation has come under scrutiny at a Senate Estimates hearing over an ex gratia payment of $97,000 to a worker who was made redundant. Both AWI and Dairy Australia told the hearings in Canberra that they had no intention of relocating to regional areas from the city. An on line auction of 1 thousand megalitres of water at the Meander Valley has failed to gain a bid as negotiations over the sale continue. A north west timber mill is looking at turning eucalyptus nitens...

Duration: 00:52:07


Country Hour for Monday the 27th of February 2017

2/26/2017
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Murray Goulburn suppliers want to see a clear plan to recovery laid out by the co-op after a loss of almost $32 million. A group of interstate farmers, food entrepreneurs and educators are trekking across Tasmania this week, raising much-needed funds for Landcare. Mining company MMG is spending $30 million on expanding the current tailings dam in Rosebery, to improve environmental outcomes. 56 young Tasmanians spent their weekend full of nerves and excitement at the Deloraine showgrounds...

Duration: 00:52:25


Country Hour for Friday the 24th of February 2017

2/23/2017
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Tasmania's largest meat processor says it's struggling to find enough lamb to process in the state forcing it to suspend lamb operations at its Longford plant. 130 workers at the plant will be stood down for at least the next month when JBS Swift says it will see how the lamb market is going. The ASX-listed Murray Goulburn dairy co-op has revealed a $31.9 million dollar loss in its half-year results, thanks to plummeting milk supplies. Cressy wool handler Mel Morris will return to New...

Duration: 00:53:34


Country Hour for Thursday the 23rd of February 2017

2/22/2017
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The weather bureau has predicted below average rainfall for Tasmania for the three months of autumn in its latest climate outlook released today. The third session of the Upper House Inquiry into the Tasmanian Dairy Industry has heard a submission that a dairy production hub is needed in the state. Tasmania's biggest salad leaf producer Houstons is trialling cover crops to see what affect they could have on soil condition and yield for their lettuce leaf. The industrial area of Burnie's...

Duration: 00:52:39


Country Hour for Wednesday the 22nd of February 2017

2/21/2017
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Dairy Australia's latest Situation and Outlook report shows farmers facing tough times are producing less milk, but Australians are drinking more label milk. The head of produce at Woolworths believes the supermarket is getting the balance right to keep both producers and consumers happy. A number of beef producers in southern Tasmania are meeting with meat processor in Brighton today and the big topic of conversation is the price of meat. Differing views on whether bumble bees should be...

Duration: 00:52:57


Country Hour for Tuesday the 21st of February 2017

2/20/2017
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NBN Co says it is working overtime to improve Sky Muster services to around 16 thousand remote and regional Tasmanians. Inland Fisheries is confident 2017 is the year it can knock European carp on the head for good. The Tasmanian Oyster Industry will concentrate on three areas of concern in a submission to a Senate hearing in Hobart this afternoon. Warmer waters, higher tides and the incursion of diseases like POMS are the main problems facing the oyster industry in the state.

Duration: 00:53:12


Country Hour for Monday the 20th of February 2017

2/19/2017
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Farmers and researchers say Australia's biosecurity systems are failing due to cutbacks by state and federal governments. Livestock transport operators say they're dumping effluent in public spaces, risking the environment and biosecurity, because they have no other options. The Tasmanian Government will spend the next six months formalising a plan for the future of the salmon industry in the state. The future of Rural Alive and Well in Tasmania is under a cloud because of funding changes...

Duration: 00:53:05


Country Hour for Friday the 17th of February 2017

2/16/2017
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Biosecurity Tasmania wants to reassure the states vegetable growers stringent biosecurity measures against the Tomato and Potato Psyllid are already in place. A third international shipping service operated by container giant Mearsk Line has a commenced weekly service to and from Tasmania. Researchers are hoping to find a new way to prevent the theft of stock , a crime which costs the industry millions of dollars every year. The latest lamb sale at Powranna in Tasmania's north has seen...

Duration: 00:53:02


Country Hour for Thursday the 16th of February 2017

2/15/2017
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The parent company pf Cadbury will close the Dunedin manufacturing plant in New Zealand to concentrate on Australian production. The move could lead to an escalation of production at the Claremont plant in southern Tasmania and the need for more milk from suppliers. Strahan residents have met to discuss the Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification for Tassal in Macquarie Harbour. Proponents behind a $20 million international container terminal at Burnie are meeting with Tas Ports this...

Duration: 00:52:45


Country Hour for Wednesday the 15th of February 2017

2/14/2017
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Ruralco has announced a new suite of acquisitions, including Irrigation Tasmania, Mildura Irrigation Centre and River Rain in South Australia. Potato farmers in Tasmania have been asked to remain vigilant after the first ever incursion of tomato and potato psyllid into Australia. Some farmers in the state's north west say they have not been adequately consulted about Tasmanian irrigation infrastructure being built on their private land. The state government has approved a mining lease for...

Duration: 00:53:22

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