Rural Awareness Tour 2015 - Tasmania 

The 2015 Regional Awareness Tour of Tasmania was held from the 23rd to the 27th March. The tour group composed five members from the Department of Agriculture, one from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and also a participant from MLA. The tour started on King Island and then moved onto the Tasmanian mainland, with an inspection of the Greenhams plant and also Cape Grim properties. The tour then progressed across to Launceston and down through the midlands, with property visits to more mixed farming operations. The tour then ended down around Hobart with a visit to Bangor Farm and Huon Valley Meat Company.

The tour gave participants a great insight into the Tasmanian beef industry and the issues that are currently facing producers. Through the progression of the tour participants learnt about the differing issues that are producers are dealing with due to locality and also the common problems faced by all. The tour also gave participants a great insight into the different supply chains that operate, from branded products by processors to producer operated paddock to plate.

We would like to thank the following properties, business and industry representatives.

·         Greenhams Abattoirs

·         Ashgrove Cheese Company

·         Landfall Farm

·         Landfall Farm Fresh Butcher

·         Powranna Weaner Cattle Sale

·         John & Annie Ramsay, Bothwell

·         Bangor Farm, Vanessa and Matt Dunbabin

·         Huon Valley Meats, James Lord

·         Redpasture Beef, Paul Saward

·         J N Nicholls & Sons

·         Andrew & Alana Kay

·         John, Angela & Iain Bruce

·         Richard Sutton

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