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Agriculture stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Agricultural sector:

A lamb passion

A lamb passion - Matt Lang

Delicate almond flavour…mmm, freshly baked cakes spring to mind. But that’s not what Matt Lang is describing. In fact, what Matt is passionately talking about and taking to the world may surprise you…

23 June 2019, Edition 206

Agriculture’s budget boom

Tasmanian farmers continue to bask in the sunshine, with news that agricultural growth over the past financial year almost hit double digits. The value of the sector increased by $1.6 billion, or 9.1 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

20 June 2019, Edition 206

Mustering tradition

The annual highland’s muster is another chapter in Tasmania’s rich agricultural history. Every year before the winter snows set in, drovers would muster sheep down from the Central Highlands where they grazed over warmer months, back to their home properties. 

26 May 2019, Edition 205

Showcasing Tassie lamb

Our premium lamb is being showcased to the world through a new branding program by Tasmanian Quality Meats (TQM). After starting the Three Rivers brand about two years ago, TQM domestic sales manager, Matt Lang, told Tasmanian Country the time is right to launch an official Tasmanian-branded program.

23 April 2019, Edition 204

Cashing in the chips

On the back of what is thought to be a record potato harvest, frozen food rivals – Simplot Australia and McCain – are both investing big in the Tasmanian industry. The companies are expanding their plants in the state’s northwest.

23 April 2019, Edition 204

Record pumpkin on the weigh

A southern Tasmanian farmer is on a mission to grow Australia's heaviest pumpkin. Shane Newitt from Sorell is confident the giant vegetable he has been growing for the past six months – which already measures 1.8m wide and 1.2m high – will soon tip the scales at 743 kilograms and smash the record. 

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Predatory mites tackle blackberry woes

Tiny redberry mites have been a big problem for Tasmania’s blackberry growers, causing uneven ripening and creating a berry that is half-black and half-red. This greatly reduces a farmer's potential to grow premium fruit.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

TasFoods steams towards profitability

Growing agribusiness TasFoods is continuing its drive towards profitability, buoyed by a growing demand for premium Tasmanian produce. The Launceston based business reported an increase in Sales revenue of 25 per cent to $38.39 million in 2018.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Global farm conference a Tassie coup

World experts descended on Launceston when Tasmania recently hosted the 22nd International Farm Management Congress. The theme of the 2019 conference was “excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism”.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Tassie shines in Japan

Premier Will Hodgman has returned from his trade mission to Japan calling it “an important opportunity to showcase the best of our state and support Tasmanian businesses in this key export market". 

19 March 2019, Edition 203

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27 June 2019, Edition 206

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